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EXCERPT: “Rural areas have not quite kept pace with metro areas following the recession, according to a new report from Trulia. According to Trulia, many metros have seen robust growth in jobs and home prices, while rural areas have stagnated. The report explains that this trend began even before the recession, but the divergence between rural and urban areas has increased in recent years. ‘Economic trends in the aftermath of the housing crisis seem to have intensified the conditions, pushing people away from rural areas and toward larger employment centers,’ the report states. One reason for the spread may be the tepid recovery of manufacturing and increasing automation in the agricultural sector.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2D451En