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Family income from all sources for female-headed families with poor children was almost identical in nonmetro and metro areas in 1979 (as measured in constant 1989 dollars), and fell in both areas over the decade, but dropped more sharply in nonmetro areas (Jensen and Eggebeen 1994). Yet regardless of family-headship status, the percentage of children lifted above the incomepoverty line by public assistance (including food stamps) was lower in nonmetro than in metro areas throughout the 196090 period because nonmetro poverty was so much deeper (Jensen and Eggebeen 1994).

Daoutopoulos is Professor of Agricultural Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Joanne Bubolz Eicher is Regents' Professor of Design, Housing, and Apparel, College of Human Ecology, University of Minnesota. Rita S. Gallin is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Office of Women in International Development, Michigan State University. Damian F. Hannan is a researcher at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland. Nan E. Johnson is Professor of Sociology, Michigan State University and Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center of the University of Michigan.

Also, net inmigration to nonmetro counties has favored the elderly since the 1960s (Johnson 1993). Motivations of these elderly inmigrants are a search for the scenic beauty or the recreational sports at isolated mountains and lakes and a wish to return to the rural residence of one's childhood. S. Census (table 1). While the 1993 poverty rate of 12 percent for elderly persons (aged 65+ years) equals that for working-age adults (1864 years), elderly adults in poverty are less likely to climb out (Treas 1995).

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