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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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Suren Thiru, economist at Halifax, said: "Homes in rural areas continue to command a marked premium over urban locations, partly reflecting the quality of life benefits that many people associate with living in the countryside.
Mpumalanga inherited a public library infrastructure that was fairly well developed in and around the main towns of the province, but the same cannot be said of the rural areas.
Practice in rural areas comes with a harsh fiscal reality.
marketing to and negotiating with providers, establishing quality-assurance guidelines - in contracting with a sufficient number of providers to serve a rural area.
Limited public transportation, unemployment rates above the national average, and a shortage of health professionals in rural areas may all play a role.
Paparciai rural areas of the master plan preparation (planned area - about 168 acres)
He said that the government believes in balanced development of rural and urban areas, therefore, projects of billions of rupees are being completed for the progress of urban and 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.
The program has been evolved under the vision, "Pakkian Sarkan-Saukhay Painday" and it will improve the living standards of people living in rural areas.
He said that this project will result in better facilities to the farmers, cultivators and people of rural areas.
She said: "There have been examples of care workers being poorly compensated for their work as travel time is rarely paid - in rural areas this approach would be very unfair.
Employment rates are slightly higher in rural areas than in Bishkek and the urban areas, according to the World Bank's Kyrgyz Republic Regional Welfare Disparities Report.

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