Rural Ohio has you covered

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Does not look very rural to me. Cars, sidewalks, buildings, traffic lights. This looks more like a small town. I thought rural means fields and barns.

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You thought wrong. Rural doesn’t mean you don’t have cars, sidewalks, building and traffic lights. I grew up in rural Indiana and New Mexico. We had all of those there. In general, a rural area is a geographic area that is located outside cities and towns. The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines the word “rural” as encompassing “…all population, housing, and territory not included within an urban area. Whatever is not urban is considered rural.”
I took this picture in Loganville, Ohio, it’s pretty rural out there.

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I was expecting a drive-through liquor and guns store.

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Logan Ohio, population 7152.

The closest Google Streetview, but the car has not gone down Main street yet.

Maybe that’s the modern definition of rural.

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My home town, actually.

“Beer & Visitor Info” pretty much covers it.

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Looks like a pretty good combination to me. Where’s the joke?

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Hm, what’s in the burritos?

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The tourism is a double-edged sword. A lot of the rural outlying land is being bought up to build cabins and vacation homes. It’s raising property values, but also encouraging people to sell family homes and move out. A whole lot of people that my parents knew their whole lives have sold their land and moved elsewhere within the past decade. The area to the south is increasingly becoming a place for gift shops, vacation homes, and cabins, rather than somewhere that people actually live.

The tourism industry is also big enough (I can’t find statistics at the moment, but I’m almost certain it was about 1/3 of the county’s income the last time I looked) to cause some other issues. Tourism creates a lot of jobs for people to run cash registers, clean cabins, and such. Other things… not so much. There’s very little white collar work, and out of everybody I know who went to college after high school, there’s only a single person who didn’t have to move away to find a job in their field. This isn’t exactly an uncommon situation in a rural area, but still. In the context of Logan, when I see “Beer & Visitor Info” the cynical part of my mind translates it as “there’s nothing to do but drink, and we are selling the county to out-of-towners one acre at a time.”

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Yes, but they define ‘urban’ as a settlement of more than 2,500 people. Is this part of Logan, Ohio? The census bureau list that as an ‘urban area’ with a population of 8080.

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That’s definitely inside a town, though. It looks like your basic small-town downtown; that’ll be the densest part of the town, two- and three-story buildings lining the streets, with small businesses at ground level and either more businesses or apartments above. It may be a very small town in a generally rural area, but still.

Not a big deal, I’m just picky about semantics. As are we all, apparently!

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Yah, seriously! Sometimes country folks have the right idea about things.

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[quote=“Heather, post:3, topic:55770”]
I took this picture in Loganville, Ohio, it’s pretty rural out there.
[/quote]Wait. Do you mean “Logan, OH”, the ~7000-pop. county seat of Hocking County, or “Logansville, OH”, the tiny rural crossroads in Logan County?

(AFAICT, there is no Loganville-no-“s” in Ohio.)

The pic looks more like Logan than Logansville to me.

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I’m pretty sure Rural on BoingBoing means no Apple Store.

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So you don’t recommend the burritos?

… I could go for a burrito and a beer right about now…

If the main reason the town is there is because that is where the grain silos are then I would judge it rural. You won’t find any grain silos here in cityville. (try to stretch the analogy a little before deciding I don’t know what I am talking about.) Another way to look at it; if the town is where the farmers or hunters go to buy hardware then it is rural.

There are grain silos in Chicago.

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Rural Ohio has you covered

I know, but covered in what?

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