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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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* Wide range of competition: There are an increasing number of competitors in the marketplace as more retailers gravitate toward the rural lifestyle format.
The importance of rural lifestyle was kept as a separate variable and compared with others.
Lessiter Publications (Brookfield, WI), the publisher of the controlled circulation monthly magazine "Farm Equipment," the paid circulation monthly magazine "No-Till Farmer," "Ag Equipment Intelligence," a paid circulation monthly newsletter, and related print and online information products for the agricultural sector, has increased frequency of "Rural Lifestyle Dealer" from two to four times a year.
As Mallow is within easy reach of Cork, Limerick and Killarney this development offers the convenience of urban living combined with the benefits of a rural lifestyle.
So it's not only no buses, but no broadband as well -but then, it's all probably seen as appropriate to the slow speed of our idyllic rural lifestyle.
At Croston Bank in the village of Croston, near Southport, a slower-paced rural lifestyle awaits with its range of three and four bedroom homes.
Unless there are "substantial changes in the nature and objectives of farm policy," the report says, the traditional moderate-size farm with sales of $100,000 to $250,000 "will largely be eliminated as a viable force in American agriculture." To preserve such farms and the rural lifestyle dependent on them, OTA proposes hastening the introduction of new technology on these farms and increasing their access to new markets.
* Lessiter Media launches Rural Lifestyle Dealer magazine.
THERE was a time when living the rural dream meant giving up the convenience of the city, however things are changing - improving road and public transport links across the North East have meant that buyers are able to find the rural lifestyle they desire within easy reach of the city and they are finding it can be more affordable than ever.
Tractor Supply Company (Nasdaq:TSCO), a rural lifestyle retail store chain in the US, announced on Tuesday that it has opened its 1,400th store.
Lessiter Publications (Brookfield, WI), a publisher of agricultural information including "No-Till Farmer," "Farm Equipment" and "American Farriers Journal," will increase the frequency of "Rural Lifestyle Dealer" from twice a year to quarterly and circulation by 20% beginning in 2009.

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