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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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This conforms with the opinions of interviewees who discussed the value to rurally registered people of rural land which had been developed or might be developed in the future.
We identified midwives who lived and/ or worked rurally by the Territorial Local Authority (TLA) domicile they stated in the survey and placed alongside their main worktype in the spreadsheet from Midwifery Council.
To counter the spread of cases being reported rurally, the federal government in conjunction with state governments created ambulatory centers for patients with AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.
The company has taken its performances to larger towns on Nova Scotia's South Shore, such as Truro, Halifax and Annapolis, but generally performs rurally. Community participation in chorus, management and even principal cast where possible has developed a loyal local following and strong support.
Madeleine, who will be leading the Young Writers group in the first term, has previously produced/co-directed five new writing festivals at Harrogate Theatre, and has co-written a number of shows which have toured rurally in the Yorkshire Dales.
The 15,000 tonne, pounds 50m project would create around 30 on-site jobs and a similar number among its supply chain partners, many of which are expected to be rurally based.
To assist in developing a local market for on-farm energy products, tools could be developed to create additional demand for rurally owned renewable power.
Rob O'Gorman is a former wilderness instructor/guide, and recently completed graduate studies through the University of Wales, He lives rurally with his family in the Lanark Highlands of eastern Ontario.
Levine goes without seeing Fahrenheit 9/11, which for a self-described "rurally urban, wholesomely hip, ironically butchy" New Yorker must truly have been torture.
Rurally located on a working vineyard just eight miles from Florence, the old Tuscan farmhouse has been converted into three charming apartments' Lorenza is available from July 22, and August 19 and 26 and Letizia August 19 and 26' both sleep four and prices start from pounds 643pw excluding flights.
Yoder even suggests that Christians committed to nonviolence, particularly those who are rurally and evangelically oriented, are not fully honest about the ways they are also happy in the world.