What Makes a Small Town Successful?

Monday, April 15, 2019

Why is it that some small towns languish while others thrive? As much of rural America has been struggling to retain jobs and residents in recent years, researchers have been trying to answer this question.

Towns that fare better than others seem to have a number of key characteristics in common, including an engaged citizenship, community pride, a forward-thinking approach and the willingness to take risks.

Faulkton, South Dakota exhibits these traits. Residents have long subscribed to the positive mantra, “We believe in possible.” It’s a fitting motto for a town of about 800 people that has the cultural amenities of an exponentially larger city.

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