In the heartland, men are becoming the dominant gender in many small communities. A new study shows many young women are leaving and not returning.

Young men outnumber young women by widening margins in small Midwestern towns.  A new study of Census data shows that between 2000-2010 this gender gap expanded in more than half of Kansas and Nebraska communities with fewer than 800 residents.

University of Nebraska researcher Robert Shepard also found a growing proportion of women in Midwest urban areas in post college years, suggesting that many leave to get degrees and find little motivation to return.

This study appears in Great Plains Research.