This small, red, fact-book is published under the auspices of the Rural Sociological Society with the cooperation of the Center for Agricultural and Economic Development at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. The essayists originally presented this material, as invited guests, at the 1961 annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society at the host university in Ames. Each author summarizes his own particular field of specialization, and in so doing, provides a bird's-eye view of what is going on in nonurban areas.
As is well known to any literate reader or to anyone who drives through the country and then through Boxopolis (a pet synonym for suburban, gracious living in preconstructed nests coined by my late editor), we Americans are following the lead of nations all over the earth in jamming more and more people into constricted areas. Twelve per cent of the nation's more than 3,000 counties gained 84% of