Differences Between Urban and Rural Settlements

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• The number of residents is increasingly more in an urban area.
• The density of human-established structures is high in the case of an urban area.
• Cities and towns constitute urban 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.
• Urban areas are not totally dependent on natural resources. In fact, they would make full use of the natural resources if
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• Unlike rural areas, urban settlements are defined by their advanced civic amenities, opportunities for education, facilities for transport, business and social interaction and overall better standard of living.
• Socio-cultural statistics are usually based on an urban population.
• The urban population receives the benefits of man’s advancements in the areas of science and technology and is not nature-dependent for its day to day functions. Businesses stay open late into the evenings in urban areas.
• Urban areas are also classified according to land use and density of population. But this can vary from developed countries to developing countries.
• ln urban areas, the diversity of different activities demands a diversely-orientated labour force. This tends to increase the number of people commuting. Therefore, commuting patterns are often used for defining an urban space.


• the number of residents is less in a rural area.
• The density of human-established structures is low in the case of a rural area.
• Villages and hamlets constitute rural areas.
• The big advantage of a rural area is that it is not characterized by environmental perils such as pollution and traffic.
• 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
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