A certain rural population decline

Reminiac annual Newsletter
Annual Newsletter

Every five years, the mayor carries out a population census of the inhabitants of Reminiac. The results are published in the mayor’s annual newsletter, ‘La vie communale’.

When the census began in 1911, 693 people were living in Reminiac. Since then, at EVERY census the population of our small rural village has declined. There are now just 341 people living in Reminiac, showing a definite rural population decline. Our little village school only counts 27 pupils in its numbers, and that’s only thanks to the new family that has recently moved to the village, causing a certain amount of gossip!

But this was rather unusual, hence the excitement. Mostly, people are leaving. In just 100 years the population has halved!

Of course, there are reasons for this, farms are becoming larger and are less labour-intensive so naturally, people are migrating to the towns and cities where the job market is better. They want to find work and a generally better standard of living.

But, what will become of rural life in 100 or 200 years? Will it disappear? Eventually, will we all live in towns and cities?

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