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rural:

. . . a sparsely settled area as a geography; the countryside as seen with its open land and scattered habitats; a region of human settlement generally where there is extensive toil of the land for agricultural production, where there may be forests and isolated mining operations as well. There are micropolitan areas that are . . . too urban to be seen as a rural areas and too rural to be seen as an urban (source of quote). Rural suggests villages, and crossroad communities. They may have towns as their centers of commerce.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture answers the question; what is Rural? One part of the answer has a definition of rural. Think of rural and agriculture together and farmland may come to mind. A Wikipedia article states that the . . . term farmland is ambiguous in the sense that it may refer, on the one hand, to agricultural land and, on the other hand, to cultivable or even only arable land (source of quote). In the face of economic development as it occurs on the edge of urban sprawl, rural lands become the source of greenfield sites put to use for commercial and industrial real estate development.

A rural area may be associated with poverty, and justly so in many cases. In other cases there are people who feel that their rural area provides a quality of life of their own choosing. They may be seen as having less by other peoples' standards which can be based simply on assumptions. A 1990s study titled, Quality of Life in Rural Areas, states the following: Evaluating conditions in a rural region is difficult. Objective measures such as income, employment, and sales really don't measure how residents perceive local conditions.

Successful Information and Communication Technology Implementation Strategies for Rural Communities: An Investigation of Tech-Based Economic Development Programs, a 2009 study states that . . . some rural areas have begun to promote themselves as "ecommunities," successfully employing the use of (information and communication technology) as a way of addressing both economic and community development.

Rural economic development can be worthwhile when it results in improved quality of life without setting aside environmental protection and community sustainability.



 
 
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