Wisconsin (WQOW) - A new report shows two-thirds of Wisconsin's rural counties are losing residents and experts say it's hurting their economy.
The report was compiled by the Wisconsin Counties Association.
It found from 2010 to 2018, the vast majority of rural counties saw their populations shrink.
In our area, the list includes Barron, Buffalo, Pepin, Polk and Rusk counties.
During that same time, urban areas across the state saw population growth.
Experts say the declining population has corresponded directly with slower growth in both jobs and businesses for rural areas as compared to the rest of the state.
The group behind the report is calling for state lawmakers to find ways to slow or reverse the trend.