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Rural areas and small towns face a unique set of challenges and opportunities.

As part of our mission to strengthen our nation’s economy, we're committed to helping these communities and their residents reach their economic potential.

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Paid to Relocate

Third Quarter 2022

States and communities are looking for remote workers as sources of economic growth. Is offering them cash and other perks a promising model of economic development?

Rural Spotlight Series



The Daily Commute: Connections Between Communities

March 15, 2023

Santiago Pinto discusses his research on commuting patterns in the Fifth District and how these patterns may help us better understand the economic connections between rural and urban communities. Pinto is a senior economist and policy advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.


The Pursuit of Data

July 27, 2022

Sierra Latham and Stephanie Norris discuss the challenges of collecting socioeconomic data on small towns and rural areas, how data analysts address them, and the value of that work in analyzing and improving the Richmond Fed's understanding of these communities.

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