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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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Pruitt, American Indian, LEGAL RURALISM Blog (last visited May 2, 2014), http://legalruralism.
Pruitt, Using Rural "Lack of Anonymity" for a Good Cause, Legal Ruralism Blog, March 16, 2008 at http://legalruralism.
The Effects of Ruralism, Bureaucratic Structure, and Economic Role on Right-Wing Extremism.
Notice that as Heaney is working here to call our attention to the skyward movement in Frost's earthy ruralism, his own employment of etymology turns in the other direction, paralleling Chappell's move from verse to versus.
Corkery promoted ruralism and Catholicism, stitched to the flag of nationalism, as the defining trinity of Irish identity.
And precisely at a juncture when this powerful class is in decline, it dresses itself in the apparel of natural beauty and presents itself as an emblem of social harmony and seductive English ruralism.
Focusing on the municipal colonies established by the left-wing suburbs of Paris (most notably Suresnes and Ivry), Downs uses these institutions as a prism for examining a wide range of topics, from attitudes toward children to gender, from ruralism to welfare reform.
On the whole, the devotees of romantic ruralism won out, seeking to rule Iraq through the tribal sheiks.
This travelled by train and through time, via French ruralism and back to Boston, certainly; but the entire excursion was contained within his own consciousness.
It seems no great stretch to see the Luddite revolts in Yorkshire that unsettled the landscape of Emily Bronte's childhood and materialized in her fiction in the form of a treacherous natural world, as analogous to the anti-plantation rebellion led by Razye, who stands in favor of a counter-economy or radical ruralism comparable to today's anti-globalization protests in subsistence-farming regions of the world.
Lower Binfield, with its lyric ruralism and nostalgia, is one of the many precursors of Winston Smith's "Golden Country.
Some seem to come more to life than others, though the landscapes, a mixture of idealised ruralism and blatant poverty, are all interesting.