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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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3, roll 24; Lula Ledbetter Brigham, "An Old Handicraft Brought Up to Date," Southern Ruralist 35 (May 1928): 24; Ola Powell Malcolm, "Home Industries for Farm Women and Girls Numerous," Yearbook 1926, 429-30; and Ola Powell Malcolm, "Women Market 4-H Brand Products in Increasing Volume," Yearbook of Agriculture, 1928 (Washington, D.
The Environmental Ruralist is similar to the above two in appreciating a peaceful, quiet, and unpolluted environment.
Ruralists prefer to get their information from magazines and web sites but once they narrow their choices, they still rely on the expertise of their dealer to guide them in the final decision.
During the past two centuries, English artists from Samuel Palmer to John Minton, John Piper, Graham Sutherland and the younger neo-Romantics, closing with The Ruralists, a group of landscape painters who carried the traditions of pastoral vision through into the 20th century and who are still flourishing today.
These constructions were designed to appeal to regionalists, ruralists, and others outraged by the "crimes of modern architecture," whose equal portions of air, cement, ultra-violet rays, running water, and food allegedly produced "egalitarian and nudist" cubicles devoid of local color, charm, and character (Hubert-Fillay 1937, 2-3).
Many species, if they survive, do so in the suburbs, despised by the ruralists.
But the vast majority of urban dwellers endowed with common sense, will work with grape growers, farmers and other dedicated ruralists of integrity to successfully make Sonoma a better and more exciting place to live.
To ranchers and ruralists who carry firearms as a matter of course, a good knife is a whole toolbox in a sheath.
Clear and logical is what it is but given the popularity of Subaru's AWD among ruralists that's what you want and the diesel XV is a smooth, comfortable operator on the road.
There is a deliberate reversion to childhood in such titles--a trait specially pronounced during Blake's years in the Brotherhood of Ruralists (with Graham Ovenden and others) in the Seventies.
Blake moved to the West Country in 1969 and co-founded the Brotherhood of Ruralists.
Having been a member of the Pop Art movement and then the Brotherhood of Ruralists, I'm past all that now - yet I'm busier than ever and I'm painting as well as ever, touch wood.