Difference Between Rural and Urban

Rural vs Urban

There is a marked difference between the terms rural and urban. It is interesting to note that communities are divided as rural and urban depending upon the concentration of people in the particular community based on the density of the human-established structures there. You would also find a certain number of residents in the particular area.

The number of residents is increasingly more in an urban area, whereas the number of residents is less in a rural area. The density of human-established structures is high in the case of an urban area. The density of human-established structures is low in the case of a rural area.

Cities and towns constitute urban areas. Villages and hamlets constitute rural areas. It is interesting to note that natural resources and artificial resources develop rapidly in urban areas or in other words it can be said that the areas characterized by natural growth of resources flourish into urban areas. Urban areas are subjected to a process called urbanization. Vegetation and fauna available in the areas are made full use of and hence the growth into flourished urban areas is made possible.

Rural areas on the contrary depend heavily on developed agencies and developed urban areas for improvement in various fields such as amenities, education, medical assistance and water supply. They depend upon government schemes also to make advancement in these fields.

It is important to note that rural areas are totally dependent on natural sources only. Urban areas are not totally dependent on natural resources. In fact, they would make full use of the natural resources if available. If natural resources are not available, then they rely on human findings and inventions in the areas of science and technology for development.

The big advantage of a rural area is that it is not characterized by environmental perils such as pollution and traffic. Urban areas on the contrary are troubled by pollution and traffic related problems.


The difference between rural and urban:

  • Rural areas comprise of villages and hamlets, whereas urban areas comprise of cities and towns.
  • Rural areas depend totally on natural resources whereas urban areas rely on human findings in the areas of science and technology for development.
  • Anania Mbuta

    The concept is not well elaborated since there is a big lacuna among developed and less developed countries on the matter concerning rural and urban issues. Real the situation are contrary. Not always urban is depending on science and technology to get their needs. I thing this idea is more dimentional and not shallow as others thing.
    Mbuta Anania T.
    St. Augustine University of Tanzania
    Mtwara Centre.