Rural area


Written By: Ehsan Jahandarpour

In general, a rural area or a countryside is a geographic area that is located outside towns and cities. The Health Resources and Services Administration of the United States 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 and areas with forestry typically are described as rural. Different countries have varying definitions of rural for statistical and administrative purposes.