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What is a rural community?

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A rural community comprises a group of inhabitants who live a rustic or country lifestyle. Rural communities typically have smaller populations and an agricultural setting, but some areas contain forests.

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What is a rural community?
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Any area that is not considered urban is rural. Countries and regions have different definitions of rural areas, and rural communities can define a region. The United States designates a rural area that has fewer than 2,500 residents in an open part of the country. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development of Canada defines a rural population as an area where over 50 percent of the population lives in a rural community. Other areas of Canada may have anywhere from 15 to 49 percent of inhabitants living in rural communities. Urban areas have fewer than 15 percent of a community dwelling in rural communities.

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