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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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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.
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