An urban area is an area in or around the city center of a large city. Urban areas are characterized by densely compacted residences, significant infrastructure and an overall high population.
The U.S. Census Bureau defines an urban area as at least 50,000 people, though colloquially, an urban area is understood to be much larger population-wise than that.
Because an urban area is typically in higher demand than a rural area, it's usually more expensive to live in an urban area. However, other aspects of life can be more affordable in urban areas.
For example, renters in urban areas may be able to use public transit to get to work or get more affordable, fresh groceries than those in rural areas.
Beyond cost, there are other pros and cons when it comes to living in an urban area.
If you're interested in renting in an urban area, you may think you'll have difficulty doing so. Luckily, online search tools make it quite easy.
There are at least two ways that you can go about narrowing your search to urban areas only. You can enter a neighborhood into the search bar as opposed to the name of a whole city, or you can use the "draw" tool included on map searches to circle a specific area.