About Christiana McFarland

Christiana K. McFarland is the Research Director of the National League of Cities. She conducts NLC’s major research initiatives, including Local Economic Conditions, City Fiscal Conditions and State of the Cities, and is passionate about conducting analysis that helps local leaders build strong economies.

Mid-Sized Cities are the Future of Cities, Here are Three Reasons Why

As the plight of rural America continues, creating regional solutions that connect rural areas with their urban neighbors is more critical than ever. Because mid-sized metros have lower barriers to entry for new firms, more affordable cost of living, closer cultural ties to rural areas and robust (but not daunting) business and population thresholds, these cities provide the perfect testing environments for improving, creating and developing university-industry partnerships, supply chains and labor markets to connect rural and urban areas.