In general, a rural area is a geographic area that is located outside cities and towns. The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines the word "rural" as encompassing "...all population, housing, and territory not included within an urban area. Whatever is not urban is considered rural."
Typical rural areas have a low population density and small settlements. Agricultural areas are commonly rural, though so are others such as forests. Different countries have varying definitions of "rural" for statistical and administrative purposes.
Famous quotes containing the word rural:
“Once wealth and beauty are gone, there is always rural life.”
—Mason Cooley (b. 1927)
“We realize that we are laggards from the past century, still living in what Marx kindly calls the idiocy of rural life, and we know that our rural life is like that of the past, not like that of much of the present.”
—For the State of Vermont, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)
“Some bring a capon, some a rural cake,
Some nuts, some apples; some that think they make
The better cheeses bring em, or else send
By their ripe daughters, whom they would commend
This way to husbands, and whose baskets bear
An emblem of themselves in plum or pear.”
—Ben Jonson (15721637)