The phrase “Rural Brain Drain” originated from a book called “Hollowing out the Middle“, which is based off a study performed by the authors. It looked at the effect that adults were having in their community by preparing their best and brightest to be shipped off to colleges and universities, sometimes never to return to life in their hometowns. Many outlets have since looked into this phenomenon, which, in some ways is counter-productive to the life of a small town. It can impact the demographics that you see in a community quickly, sometimes as quickly as in a decade.
The Rural Think Tank
…It's Different Out Here.