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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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When viewed by DHB region, the numbers of rurally living birthing women varied considerably.
Many rurally based religious organizations do not seem to be seeking to establish mental health services and in fact, the Rural Assistance Center (21) (RAC, 2007) lists only six "success stories" with regard to faith-based services in rural areas around the country.
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.
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.
Three springs are located within the Murfreesboro City limits and three are rurally located in the County.
Juan, an illegal immigrant roofer, is more likely to be a rurally reared Mexican, young (hence less experienced), with poor English language skills, and working for a subcontractor who skimps on safety measures and cheats on payroll obligations and the workers' compensation insurer.
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.
Further developing the sector is particularly attractive as the flower industry is rurally based and helps to alleviate urban drift, while contributing substantially to poverty alleviation in the countryside.
Other landmarks around town include the state's first Confederate monument, dedicated in 1871; Liberty Presbyterian Church, which sewed as a wartime hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers; the more rurally located Ebenezer Baptist Church, considered the oldest active Baptist congregation in Mississippi; and a host of elegant antebellum homes--perhaps the most of any town in the state, according to Taylor.
The Development Awards programme supports young people who are vulnerably housed, rurally isolated or young carers.
As things stand today, roughly 50 percent of the world's population is still rurally based -- the majority of them are in the South.