Two-thirds of Wisconsin's rural counties lost population between 2010 and 2018, according to a new report. It's a trend that's likely to get worse in the next decade, presenting serious economic challenges to the state's smaller communities.
The report from the research firm Forward Analytics looked at population and economic data from the roughly 2,000 counties across the nation not considered part of a metropolitan area. These include "micropolitan" counties — that is, those with a city of between 10,000 and 50,000 residents — as well as even more sparsely populated regions. In Wisconsin, that's 46 of the state's 72 counties.