For two years now, the number of people living in rural areas of the country has increased, adding on average 35,000 residents per year.
California’s Central Valley, according to researchers, is in a “perfect storm,” whereby drought years, rising temperatures and subsiding clay are causing the ground to collapse. The region’s groundwater has been largely depleted after the state’s $50 billion agricultural industry resorted to pumping during the drought.
Alaska’s key rivers are thawing earlier than usual following higher winter and spring temperatures, making it difficult for rural Alaskans who use frozen rivers for travel.
While much has been reported on the ever-increasing rents in urban areas around the United States, rural residents face the same pressures to pay for housing yet have fewer resources to draw on to overcome these challenges.
California Assembly committee members, this month, debated the Farm Worker Housing Act of 2019, allowing the legislation to advance to more legislative review.