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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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The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health has also endorsed the legislation.
According to Rural Healthy People 2020, rural communities face even greater challenges than they did in 2001, when Rural Healthy People was first envisioned.
The most common theme found was rural origin, defined as growing up in a rural area, or living in a rural area for a significant period of time prior to any educational training.
We've already transformed the prospects of thousands of rural businesses and want to make sure that change is felt in every part of rural England.
The study indicates that 1% of paediatricians, 3% of obstetricians and gynaecologists, 2% of emergency medicine specialists and 3% of psychiatrists are located in small-town or rural areas.
Therefore readers should not be fooled by Walker's misleading and unfortunate title, for All We Knew Was to Farm provides an innovative and compelling story of the ways that rural women and men in the upcountry South encountered, embraced, and resisted the multiple facets of modernization.
For example, Nebraska legislators, which has many rural schools, proposed last year to close all the small schools in the state.
This exhibition is a fitting tribute to the unique combination of utopianism and pragmatism that drives the Rural Studio even in his absence.
Because rural residents are moving into the cities where the good-paying jobs are, rural communities are being depopulated with devastating effect: Populations are too small to sustain Main Street businesses; college-educated young people find no business for their skills or salaries much lower than city jobs; schools must be consolidated; there is a loss of neighborly fellowship and community spirit.
Eighty-four people took part in the study, 44 from the Durban metropolitan area and 40 from the Tugela Valley, a rural area about 200 kilometers north of Durban.