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Describing a town or vicinity outside a major, metropolitan area. Rural areas have low population density. Most people in rural areas work in urban or suburban areas, but some still work in agricultural or energy producing industries. In the United States, living in a rural area can qualify one for some forms of government assistance, such as a USDA mortgage.


Concerning the country. Contrast with urban or suburban.

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27% of all home buyers with a mortgage in rural areas are first-time buyers; the highest proportion since 2000.
Rural areas also have a dramatically ageing population and a large number of migrant workers, according to the report, which brought with it increased demands for health and social care that are often more expensive to provide outside towns and cities.
It is obvious that the proposed model of the community-school library, where different schools and the community use the library facilities, could only be implemented in rural areas where there are already clusters of schools.
The study indicates that 1% of paediatricians, 3% of obstetricians and gynaecologists, 2% of emergency medicine specialists and 3% of psychiatrists are located in small-town or rural areas.
Using trained Deaf individuals who are language mentors in combination with highly trained hearing interpreter mentors, the service of interpreter mentoring is occurring in rural areas of the state.
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in the rural area of Juquitiba, Sao Paulo Metropolitan Area, Brazil.
Chairman Ewen Cameron, who is also Tony Blair's rural ``tsar'', said the Government had done much to address housing needs in rural areas but that greater co-ordination was a pr i or i t y.
For example, while more than 98% of Thailand's rural areas have been electrified, approximately 750 villages are still too remote to access the state power grid.
That means physicians, nurse practitioners, if they have tuition bills unpaid, up to $120,000 are available if they work in the rural areas,'' Rice said.
The task force echoed congressional ambivalence by attempting to balance the goals of facilitating competition in rural areas and preserving and advancing universal service.
Minogue doesn't see himself as representing just the North, but also small businesses and smaller municipalities as well as rural areas.
On election night, November 7, the electoral map painted a clear picture of the United States, showing vast rural areas where majorities had voted for the Republican presidential candidate.

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