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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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This study was conducted to investigate the comparative analysis of the earning of working women in the urban and rural areas of the district Peshawar.
The rural areas in the study were the Fangshan District located in the Southwest of Beijing and the Tongzhou District located in the Southeast of Beijing.
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.
Within the EU27, the main rural areas produce 13% of the overall Gross Value Added (GVA).
The use of existing school libraries for a combined school-community library, therefore, appeared not to be a viable proposition for the remote rural areas. The study instead proposes a variant of the school-community library model, one where the combined library is located in a public library facility and is surrounded by a cluster of schools, hence the term "community-school library model." This is a group of schools in close proximity, grouped so that they may share some of the capital-intensive facilities.
According to the figures released by the vice president, in last Iranian year of 1397 (March 21-2018-2019) as much as $ 1.5 billion was invested in rural areas to create jobs, which resulted in adding 150,000 jobs in those areas.
The team found that since 1985, average BMI in rural areas has increased by 2.1 kg/m2 in both women and men.
Rural areas remain underserved compared to urban areas and face a wide array of challenges across the globe: environmental crisis in China, severe agrarian crisis in India and acute shortage of jobs for the growing youth populations in Africa.
The network connectivity, for instance, is still very poor in the rural areas. The government may have little control over that but it can help enact changes that will see rural areas get a sound connectivity to the internet.
RAWALPINDI -- Ban has been imposed to set up private housing societies in rural areas and the areas allocated for forestry in three Tehsils including Murree, Kotli Sattian and Kahuta in district Rawalpindi by giving them status of estates land.
Data suggests that housing challenges in urban and rural areas look very different.

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