How One Tiny Town Is Battling ‘Rural Brain Drain’
Kaitlin Gillespie, The Hechinger Report
Nearly all high-school graduates in Onalaska, Washington, go to college—but many come back home after earning a degree.
That's in sharp contrast to many rural counties across America that are shedding young residents, who head off to college or better job opportunities and don't come back.
Onalaska has bypassed the rural brain drain by creating a sense of connection to the community through its high school and the public space it provides for all residents to use.