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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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5 This situation is true when these women perform piece-rate work in industrial or agricultural places in urban and rural areas.
Because the prevalence of childhood asthma in a rural area was not available, we expected that the prevalence of childhood asthma in rural areas was 1.
71% are reluctant to serve in the rural areas of Goa.
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: "We are working with local authorities and other partners to improve response to incidents that occur in rural areas and are running joint operations with other forces in the region to prevent and disrupt rural criminal activity.
He said that Punjab government has launched a mega project of repair and rehabilitation of roads of rural areas at a cost of billions of rupees and this project is of vital importance for the promotion of economic and trade activities in the rural areas.
Christine Harris, chair of trustees at Bell View, said: "With our 'Help at Home' service we provide personal care at home in the most rural areas in Northumberland.
In rural areas first time buyers account for 42% of all mortgage financed purchases in rural areas, compared to 54% in urban areas.
Stan Kozakowski, director of medical education at the American Academy of Family Physicians, said that another way to boost the numbers of rural physicians was to increase training slots devoted to family medicine and, more specifically, residents trained in delivering medicine in rural areas.
4 million cable connections in Rural areas as compared to 7.
A new study conducted by Ibhar Corporation and funded by the Response Project indicated there are several obstacles obstructing the employment of women teachers in rural areas such as lack of women students in these areas who finished college, a lack of enough jobs for women in general and a difficulty sending women teachers to remote areas.
The subsequent overview provides data on the distinctiveness of rural areas in statistical expressions.

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