Data Tells More about Rural Buffalo County

In a report released today (5/18/2017) via the multimedia news platform,, APL researchers Malia Jones and Mitchell Ewald explore the multidimensional and complex ways in which “rural” is defined and measured. Jones and Ewald try to pinpoint exactly where the urban-rural divide lies in Wisconsin. A series of detailed maps highlights 5 official definitions of rurality based on measures such as commuting flows, population density, land use, and access to services. (Plus, they made a map of the cow-to-person ratio and a deer-to-person ratio, an oft-cited but unofficial measure rurality.)

How does Buffalo County fit in this context and what does it mean for our decision-makers?

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