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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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In amplifying the range of the jibaro myth, these ideographs located the figure of the jibaro outside of its traditional representation as ruralized type, making him an icon of national identity.
The core of the book is an account and critical analysis of the Atusparia insurrection of 1885 and its aftermath, filled with "disencounters" and "phantom caudillos;" which are meant to underscore Thurner's points about the fickle republican elites and ruralized peasant "republicanos." This treatment is the most sensitive reading of the rebellion in English or Spanish to date.
Architects Alex Castro and Rebecca Swanson fitted a concrete and glass teardrop around the Inner Harbor's defunct Baltimore Copper Paint Company; the turn-of-the-century Four Roses Whiskey warehouse next door, a severe brick box, is "ruralized" as a Tall Sculpture Barn.