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Population change over the last 40 years has greatly redistributed Midwest populations. Migration has long been a social response to change—both to changing capacities in the agricultural system and to socio-cultural attractions and opportunities in the urban-industrial areas. Some of the surplus agricultural population has moved to cities and suburbs. The result is a "selective dismembering" of many communities and an inordinate growth of others.
Iowa State University. Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station
Klietsch, R. G.; Andrews, W. H.; Bauder, W. W.; Beegle, J. A.; Doerflinger, J. A.; Marshall, D. G.; Taves, M. J.; and Riley, M. P., "Social response to population change and migration: the impact of population change on individuals and institutions" (1964). Special Report. 46.