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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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Nevertheless, to clear the fact that which of natural and human contexts has superiority role in the establishment of rural settlements in the villages of Astara, more study should be investigated.
Astill, "The Long and the Short: Rural Settlement in Medieval England," in R.
Haley believes that the institution of the annona [supply] was a powerful stimulus to Baetican exports, characterising the province as having a 'subsidized market economy'; and he sees an archaeological record showing a rising number of wealthy rural settlements.
Focusing on Rural settlements, sites discussed include medieval settlements in Tullykane and Cookstown Co.
She focuses on texts generated by prominent public figures debating such social issues as birth rate decline, venereal disease, town planning and urban reform movements, and rural settlement in the states of Victoria and New South Wales (homes, respectively, to the cities of Melbourne and Sydney).
Medieval rural settlement in marginal landscapes; proceedings.
Reliance supplies and services for "the functional adaptation to the target in space and exhibition center of the rural culture of the real estate municipal site in the" rural settlement "of Rapone (PZ) called Iannicoppe ~in the~ Project WAX - Education Center Rural Environment.
Early and middle Saxon rural settlement in the London region.
Rural settlement, lifestyles and social change in the later first millennium AD; Anglo-Saxon Flixborough in its wider context.
Open Competition: Implementation Of Works On The Preparation Of Planning Documents For Land Plots Located In The Rural Settlement Of Maisky Vologda Municipal District, To Provide Families With Three Or More Children
Some specific topics include supply-chain networks and the Roman invasion of Britain, surplus production of animal products for the Roman army in a rural settlement in the Dutch River area, and the role of equids in Roman supply networks.

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