Why young people stay — or leave
In the three-day Rural Slide series, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism explores rural population losses in three Wisconsin counties — and potential statewide solutions. Below, short profiles of some of the young people interviewed by the Center’s Lukas Keapproth and Mario Koran. We recommend viewing these slideshows using the full-screen option at the lower right of each one.
‘I’m a lifer’
Sonni Lauren, 31, is optimistic that family bonds and small-town roots will outlast economic insecurities in Iron County.
Last November, 26-year-old veterinarian Diana Care moved from the west coast to Clark County seeking solitude. Now she says, “I just wish there was some other young people like me who I could hang out with.”
Ryan Metz, a 22-year-old amateur baseball player from Marshfield, appreciates his home town and enjoys baseball. But he is still unsure of his future profession or where he’ll end up.
Logan Carlson, a 27-year-old reporter for the Marshfield News-Herald, wants more than the opportunities he sees in small, surrounding communities. “I don’t know what keeps people there. It wouldn’t keep me,” he says. “Too ambitious.”