Rural Area

Last updated: February 12, 2017

What Does Rural Area Mean?

A rural area is an area of land outside the densely populated urban areas in a town or city. Rural areas are traditionally areas not included in the urban definition, and are usually large, open areas with few houses and few people, as opposed to urban areas which have larger populations.

Safeopedia Explains Rural Area

In rural areas people live further away from one another and the distances between their homes and businesses are greater. The primary industry in most rural areas is agriculture and most people live or work on farms or ranches. Small settlements including villages, hamlets or small towns are often surrounded by rural areas. Wildlife is also much more common in rural areas due to the lack of people and buildings.


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