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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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I have talked to pastors and parishioners at rural life celebrations, and they often feel neglected, as if the metropolitan areas get all a diocese's focus.
"He was one of the initial benefactors associated with Beamish Museum and, following his death, the trust's trustees have looked to work particularly with children from the urban environment of Sunderland, introducing them to both present and past rural life in the region."
Under his five-year leadership, the institute served as a valuable resource to Catholic Rural Life and the U.S.
Pictures by IAN McINTYRE The tale of rural life in the late 1950s follows the large Larkin family.
This policy of ripping up the face of Irish rural life should be way down the rankings."
The CVDA is committed to keep up the legacy of Corbett and encourage urban youngsters to know more about the realities and romance of rural life.
Visit HEAVY HORSE SHOW Wester Kittochside, East Kilbride July 17 ONE of Scotland's biggest heavy horse shows runs today at the National Museum of Rural Life. Visit THURROCK INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION OF CULTURE High House Production Park, Thurrock Until July 27 CELEBRATION of music, including opera and African drumming, in Essex.
Swtan, a 16th century thatched cottage, has bee restored to reflect rural life in Wales around 1900.
The rural life is very simple, attractive and sometime miserable but the positive approach of Shaikh Ayaz makes it more and more beautiful, lovely and attractive.
RESIDENTS are being asked to get involved and express their views as part of an assessment of housing and rural life in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Pawlick's The War in the Country: How the Fight to Save Rural Life Will Shape Our Future and Brian Brett's Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life high marks for giving us compelling stories about farming and rural life.

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