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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.
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Concerning the country. Contrast with urban or suburban.

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As per Census 2011, approximately 70% of population is in rural areas of India, and in Uttarakhand state also, about similar proportion of population is residing in rural areas.
He said that Farm to Market Road Program is a milestone in the development of rural areas and millions of people of these areas will benefit from this project.
Exponential increase in access to cable connections in rural areas
Mohammed Tawaf, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Education, said there is a dire need for women teachers in rural areas. He said it is possible to dedicate 50 percent of jobs in rural areas to women.
Within the EU27, the main rural areas produce 13% of the overall Gross Value Added (GVA).
It was not possible for the 97 banks to cater to the needs of all the people in rural areas, making it imperative to use modern technology and innovation.
According to the report, there were only 55 primary care physicians per 100,000 rural area residents in 2005.
They have been creating programs that would provide viable patient-centered medical facilities in rural areas. Through collaboration with community leadership, many partnerships have been created to strengthen rural communities and enable local leaders and public agencies to maximize their limited rural resources and to leverage economies of scale in order to provide their communities with greater access to quality services.
Networks with less than 3 percent of their patients in rural areas will receive $250,000.
West Virginia, like many states, is suffering from a shortage of mental health professionals practicing in rural areas. This shortage is compounded by a lack of training opportunities for current mental health providers to learn the latest standards of care in treating returning soldiers, veterans and their families.
Poverty rate in rural areas targeted by Morocco's anti-poverty program, the National initiative for human development (INDH), dropped from 36% to 21%, Minister of Social Development, Family and Solidarity said, citing findings of a survey of the High Commissioner for Planning (HCP).a Nouzha Skalli, who was speaking at a meeting themed "the rural family home, another innovative and complementary approach for a better integration of rural youth," deemed "positive" these findings, stressing that developing rural areas, upgrading its human resources and fighting disparities and gender-based discrimination are necessary to build up a modern, inclusive and democratic society.
The Government was presented with two separate reports yesterday warning that some residents were experiencing extreme poverty, and that rural areas lacked services such as housing, training and care for the elderly.

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