USDA Measures Creative Class Areas

While not directly related to broadband I thought the following announcement from the USDA was very interesting and enlightened:

The creative class thesis—that towns need to attract engineers, architects, artists, and people in other creative occupations to compete in today’s economy—may be particularly relevant to rural communities, which tend to lose much of their talent when young adults leave. The ERS creative class codes indicate a county’s share of population employed in occupations that require “thinking creatively.” A separate break-out of employment in the arts is also included. Data are provided for all counties in the U.S. for 1990 and 2000.
Released Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I have been trying to find time to do something with this – but I think just pointing to it is the best that I can do these days. There is a great map of Creative Class areas on the web site given above. Minnesota does better than Nebraska but not as well as New Miexico.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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