A rural area is scarcely populated and located quite some distance from a city center. The U.S. Census Bureau defines a rural area as, "all population, housing, and territory not included within an urban area," where an urban area has at least 50,00 people.
The word "rural" likely conjures in your mind images of wide-spanning fields or rows of corn. While many rural areas do have land dedicated to agriculture, it's not a requirement for a location to be considered rural.
Again, rural areas are defined by population and proximity to urban areas, not by the type of commerce that goes on there.
Every renter is different. Some will fit well in an urban area and some in a rural area. Rural areas have many benefits and also some downsides. Let's take a look at some of those pros and cons.
You might be wondering if there's even a rental market in rural areas. In short, there is. Almost anywhere that there are people, there will be a need for rental housing. Rural areas are no different. In fact, in some rural areas, you can afford "much more house" than you might suspect you can due to lower rent costs.