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Why do young people move to the Northwoods?Submitted: 01/23/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray


ONEIDA COUNTY - A local organization wants to know why young people move to the Northwoods.

They also want to know why young people stay.

Oneida County U-W Extension partnered with the Rhinelander Young Professionals
to find out how people feel about living in the Northwoods.

The organization sent out a web based survey last month.

They asked more than 300 people between the ages of 19 and 25 why they're here.

"A lot of young people have left. We know the number of people between the ages
of 19 and 24 has decreased by about 25 percent in the last decade," said UW
Extension Community Resource Development Agent, Tim Brown.

"But that means a whole lot of them have stayed here. There's a lot of people
who choose to live in this area when they could be moving elsewhere."

They're not sure if the survey will actually help bring in more younger people.

But they do think it will help city officials understand what young people like
about the Rhinelander area.

"Help them understand the kind of resources young people are looking for.
Whether that's restaurants, shopping, educational opportunities, economic
opportunities, chances to get outdoors," Brown said.

"We want to know what it is young people care about."

They would also like to hear back from people older than 25.

Related Weblinks:
Click here to take the survey

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