"Immigrants Repopulating The Great Plains"
A.G. Sulzberger has an awesome piece in the Times about Hispanic immigrants revitalizing dying small downs on the Great Plains:
In the sparsely populated western half of Kansas, every county but one experienced a decline in the non-Hispanic white population, two-thirds of them by more than 10 percent. At the same time, a vast majority experienced double-digit growth in Hispanic population, more than offsetting the declines in seven counties and many smaller cities and towns. Those places with the highest percentage of Hispanic residents tend to have the lowest average ages, the highest birth rates and the most stable school populations.