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Low-Income Families In New Hampshire, Allison Churilla Dec 2006

Low-Income Families In New Hampshire, Allison Churilla

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository

New Hampshire boasts the nation's lowest percentage of people living in poverty and maintains strong rankings in other quality-of-life measures. But 48,000 New Hampshire families with low incomes struggle to make ends meet, this issue brief finds. The brief identifies characteristics that heighten families' risk of a lower income and documents recent trends in the economic status of low-income families in the state.


New Immigrant Settlements In Rural America: Problems, Prospects, And Policies, Leif Jensen Nov 2006

New Immigrant Settlements In Rural America: Problems, Prospects, And Policies, Leif Jensen

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Regions of rural America are being reshaped by growing numbers of immigrants who are choosing small-town life over the bright lights of the big city. This study found that immigrant settlers may have a big impact on small, rural communities—sometimes straining resources but also offering promise for reinvigorating dying communities.


U.S. Rural Soldiers Account For A Disproportionately High Share Of Casualties In Iraq And Afghanistan, William P. O'Hare, Bill Bishop Nov 2006

U.S. Rural Soldiers Account For A Disproportionately High Share Of Casualties In Iraq And Afghanistan, William P. O'Hare, Bill Bishop

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository

A study by the Carsey Institute found that among U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, those who are from rural America are dying at a higher rate than those soldiers who are from cities and suburbs. According to U.S. Department of Defense records, rural youth enlist in the military at a higher rate than urban and suburban youth and in all but eight states, soldiers from rural areas make up a disproportionately high share of the casualties.


Subprime And Predatory Lending In Rural America: Mortgage Lending Practices That Can Trap Low-Income Rural People, Carla Dickstein, Lance George, Theresa Singleton, Hannah Thomas Oct 2006

Subprime And Predatory Lending In Rural America: Mortgage Lending Practices That Can Trap Low-Income Rural People, Carla Dickstein, Lance George, Theresa Singleton, Hannah Thomas

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This brief examines predatory mortgage loans and the harmful impact they have on rural homeowners and their communities. The report finds that minorities and low-income people are more likely to fall victim to higher-cost loans. The brief includes recommendations for policy changes at the state and federal levels, as well as advice on identifying and avoiding predatory loans.


Values And Religion In Rural America: Attitudes Toward Abortion And Same-Sex Relations, Michele Dillon, Sarah Savage Oct 2006

Values And Religion In Rural America: Attitudes Toward Abortion And Same-Sex Relations, Michele Dillon, Sarah Savage

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository

The rural vote is critical, but how do rural voters' views on issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and religion influence elections? This brief compares rural and urban views on these divisive issues and examines how much rural opinions vary within rural regions of the country.


The State Of Working New Hampshire 2006, Allison Churilla Oct 2006

The State Of Working New Hampshire 2006, Allison Churilla

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While New Hampshire has the highest labor force participation (71 percent) and the second-lowest unemployment and underemployment rates in New England, recent trends in employment and wages point to growing disparities in the state, this issue brief finds. The brief provides a state-focused analysis of the Economic Policy Institute's report, “The State of Working America 2005/2006.”


Rural Voting In The 2004 Election, Lawrence C. Hamilton Oct 2006

Rural Voting In The 2004 Election, Lawrence C. Hamilton

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository

Rural votes can often make the difference between what party controls Congress and who is living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This Carsey fact sheet presents detailed patterns of rural voting by region and shows that these patterns are better explained by looking at demographic factors rather than simply by where people live.


The State Of Working Vermont 2006, Allison Churilla Sep 2006

The State Of Working Vermont 2006, Allison Churilla

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository

Vermont enjoys higher-than-average workforce participation rates and the lowest unemployment in New England, but the state's wage levels remain well below regional standards and the workforce is aging, finds this issue brief prepared by the Carsey Institute in partnership with the Public Assets Institute of Vermont. The brief highlights trends related to the economic and labor force characteristics of Vermont's workers.


Resident Ownership In New Hampshire's "Mobile Home Parks": A Report On Economic Outcomes (Revised 2010), Sally Ward, Charles A. French, Kelly Giraud Sep 2006

Resident Ownership In New Hampshire's "Mobile Home Parks": A Report On Economic Outcomes (Revised 2010), Sally Ward, Charles A. French, Kelly Giraud

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository

Since 1984, the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund has been helping residents of manufactured home communities purchase the land underneath their homes. Since then, homeowners have purchased 80 manufactured home communities and converted them into “Resident Owned Communities” (ROCs) in New Hampshire. These communities now include 4,200 homeowners. The premise of the loan fund program is that resident ownership provides both an important vehicle for preserving affordable housing and economic benefits to homeowners in ROCs. Until now, no systematic data have been available to confirm the benefits. To fill that gap, the fund contracted researchers from the Carsey Institute ...


Rural Families Choose Home-Based Child Care For Their Preschool-Aged Children, Kristin Smith Jul 2006

Rural Families Choose Home-Based Child Care For Their Preschool-Aged Children, Kristin Smith

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository

This policy brief examines who is taking care of preschoolers of employed mothers in rural America. While most rural families choose home-based child care (such as relatives or informal nonrelated care providers), formal care (such as in day care centers) has positive benefits to a child's development. The brief recommends that programs are needed that either make formal care more affordable and accessible in rural communities, or that train home-based care providers to provide quality care.


Child Poverty In Rural America: New Data Shows Increases In 41 States, William P. O'Hare, Sarah Savage Jul 2006

Child Poverty In Rural America: New Data Shows Increases In 41 States, William P. O'Hare, Sarah Savage

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository

A study by the Carsey Institute, based on U.S. Census Bureau data, found that in forty-one states, a higher percentage of rural children live in poverty than did in 2000. While the poverty level in 2006 was relatively stagnant compared to 2005's poverty level, the situation is clearly becoming worse for rural kids.


Substance Abuse In Rural And Small Town America, Karen T. Van Gundy Jun 2006

Substance Abuse In Rural And Small Town America, Karen T. Van Gundy

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository

Alcohol abuse exceeds illicit drug abuse in rural America and is a serious problem among rural youth, as highlighted here. The report also confirms that the abuse of stimulants, including methamphetamine, is high among certain rural populations, particularly among the rural unemployed.


Low-Skill Workers In Rural America Face Permanent Job Loss, Amy Glasmeier, Priscilla Salant Apr 2006

Low-Skill Workers In Rural America Face Permanent Job Loss, Amy Glasmeier, Priscilla Salant

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository

Global economic competition and other factors have cost rural America 1.5 million jobs in the past six years. This brief analyzes job displacement figures from around the country between 1997 and 2003. The loss of rural jobs was particularly large in the manufacturing sector, and the rate of loss was higher in the rural Northeast than in the rest of rural America. The key causes fueling the trend have been the push for cost savings through automation and cheaper labor overseas.


Demographic Trends In Rural And Small Town America, Kenneth M. Johnson Mar 2006

Demographic Trends In Rural And Small Town America, Kenneth M. Johnson

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository

This report examines the changing demographics of rural America and shows that the makeup of rural America is changing as certain regions grow with the migration of retirees and baby boomers into amenity-rich areas. At the same time, other places face economic uncertainty as younger residents continue to leave in search of more opportunities. Racial and ethnic diversity, meanwhile, continues to increase.


Changing Church In The South: Religion And Politics In Elba, Alabama, Julie Ardery Jan 2006

Changing Church In The South: Religion And Politics In Elba, Alabama, Julie Ardery

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository

Conventional wisdom and statistical evidence show Southerners to be considerably more conservative on social issues like gay marriage and abortion than others in the U.S. But in shifting one's vantage point from the aerial view of statistics to the streets of Elba, Alabama, the relationships among faith, politics and social values become far more nuanced and dynamic. In this Southern Baptist stronghold, the roles and expectations of women are changing, non-Baptists are moving here and looking for a church home, and a new faith community has emerged, disaffected with the established orthodoxy. While the Southern Baptist Convention dominates ...