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Characteristics of Rural Communities

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  • 0:04 Rural Communities
  • 0:56 Size, Density, & Finances
  • 2:10 Work & Nature
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

Have you ever driven through a rural community? What did you notice? This lesson points out some of the characteristics of the rural communities you may have driven through.

Rural Communities

Where do you live? Is it a gigantic city like New York? Perhaps you live in the suburbs of a major city. Maybe you're a resident of a very small village. Or, you might be living alone in the middle of a forest. The choice is often yours when it comes to where you choose to live. Some people live in rural communities. Unlike suburbs, these are communities found out in the country and typically relatively far from big cities.

This lesson is going to describe many of the characteristics of rural communities. Keep something in mind for me as we go over them. First, not all the characteristics described here pertain to every single rural community. Secondly, these are generalizations, as you can find some of the same characteristics even in big cities. This lesson simply focuses on the general characteristics that are typically associated with rural communities.

Size, Density, & Finances

To learn about rural communities, we're going to visit the stereotypical rural area of Countryville, USA, where John, a local resident, is going to show us around. John starts off by pointing out the obvious. Rural communities have a small population size. John claims he knows every single one of his neighbors by name. He says that his community has a low population density. This means that all the neighbors live pretty far apart instead of stacked on top of one another like in a big city. While that's a plus for privacy, John complains that it takes a while to get to his nearest neighbor.

However, his community does have a central area where there are some shops and businesses. John says that there isn't much choice in terms of shopping, doctors, bars, and religious services. Since there aren't many people, there's only one store, one doctor, and so on. Maybe that's why all the men wear the same jeans, he jokes! The downside may be a narrow choice but the upside is that stuff around here, including property (like homes), tends to be cheaper than in gigantic cities like New York, Moscow, and London. One reason for that is that people in small places like this tend to earn less than big-city folk, but they may live in poverty as a result.

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