The University of Wisconsin-Madison has released its final report of a two-year study on young adults in Wisconsin communities.

The university performed this study in response to a concern across the state and nation on young people leaving rural areas and small towns for more urban areas. This research explored whether there may be exceptions to those trends — smaller and more rural places that were gaining and maintaining young adults. The study, Gaining and Maintaining Young People in Wisconsin Communities, was done from fall 2015 to summer 2016 by a research team of UW-Madison and Extension investigators, graduate student researchers and staff from the Applied Population Lab. The investigators did demographic research that studied all Wisconsin municipalities to identify communities maintaining and gaining young adult populations. The final report was released in December.

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