Wisconsin’s ‘Brain Drain’

Source: UW-Madison photo library

By Carter Thomson

The divide between rural and urban job opportunities has become more prevalent in recent years and has been a major discussion in many political debates. The term “brain drain” is being used to describe both companies and skilled labor moving from rural to urban populations.

Urban America has often been viewed as wealthier, more educated and younger, while rural areas have been seen as poverty-stricken, older and having a more blue collared work ethic. These stereotypes can lead companies to certain perceptions and can influence their decision-making to either start a business or grow an existing one. In Wisconsin, it has generally led to new jobs being grown in urban populations instead of rural areas.

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