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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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At a time when many companies have reduced their national advertising budgets, co-op can be a highly-targeted avenue for reaching ruralists while strengthening the dealer relationship.
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).
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.
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.