A village in Strochitsy, Belarus, 2008.
The Barossa Valley in South Australia is an area noted for vineyards.
A village in Pornainen, Finland
Rice terraces in Kami, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.
An alpine village in the Lötschental Valley, Switzerland
A rural landscape in Lappeenranta, South Karelia, Finland. 15 July 2000.
A berber village in Ourika valley, High Atlas, Morocco
A rural landscape near Mount Shasta in California
The old village of Hollókő, Nógrád, Hungary (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
A typical countryside scene in rural Yorkshire Dales, England.
Mollösund, an example of a common village in Sweden and the Nordics.
A rural village in Rajasthan, India
A typical rural peasant Indian village in Rajasthan, India
Amra Kalan village in Kharian, Pakistan
A village in Pakistani Kashmir's Neelum Valley "Dosut"
A typical small village in Hainan, China
Shirakawa-gō, Gifu, Japan
Lug, village in northern Serbia
Kovachevitsa, a village in southern Bulgaria
The village of Kichkalnya, Tatarstan
Mayaky Village, Donetsk, Ukraine
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in Lot is one of "The Most Beautiful Villages in France".
The village of Collina, part of the Forni Avoltri municipality, in Friuli, Italy
The main street of the village of Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England
Kilmaurs in East Ayrshire, Scotland
Bisley, Gloucestershire, a village in the Cotswolds
The village of Burrawang in New South Wales, Australia
A Newfoundland fishing village
A church in Newfane, Vermont
Oracle, Arizona is an unincorporated rural town often called a village in local media
A village in Kaita, Nigeria

Though villages are often located in rural areas, the term urban village is also applied to certain urban neighborhoods.

- Village

Rural areas are also known as the 'countryside' or a 'village' in India.

- Rural area
A village in Strochitsy, Belarus, 2008.

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Palitana represents the city's symbolic function in the extreme, devoted as it is to Jain temples.


Large human settlement.

Large human settlement.

Palitana represents the city's symbolic function in the extreme, devoted as it is to Jain temples.
Hillside housing and graveyard in Kabul
Downtown Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers, which become the Ohio.
Kluuvi, a city centre of Helsinki, Finland
The L'Enfant Plan for Washington, D.C., inspired by the design of Versailles, combines a utilitarian grid pattern with diagonal avenues and a symbolic focus on monumental architecture.
This aerial view of the Gush Dan metropolitan area in Israel shows the geometrically planned city of Tel Aviv proper (upper left) as well as Givatayim to the east and some of Bat Yam to the south. Tel Aviv's population is 433,000; the total population of its metropolitan area is 3,785,000.
An arch from the ancient Sumerian city Ur, which flourished in the third millennium BC, can be seen at present-day Tell el-Mukayyar in Iraq
Mohenjo-daro, a city of the Indus Valley Civilization in Pakistan, which was rebuilt six or more times, using bricks of standard size, and adhering to the same grid layout—also in the third millennium BC.
This aerial view of what was once downtown Teotihuacan shows the Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon, and the processional avenue serving as the spine of the city's street system.
Vyborg in Leningrad Oblast, Russia has existed since the 13th century
Imperial Free Cities in the Holy Roman Empire 1648
This map of Haarlem, the Netherlands, created around 1550, shows the city completely surrounded by a city wall and defensive canal, with its square shape inspired by Jerusalem.
The industrial-based city of Tampere on the shores of the Tammerkoski rapids in 1837.
Diorama of old Gyumri, Armenia with the Holy Saviour's Church (1859–1873)
Small city Gyöngyös in Hungary in 1938.
Graph showing urbanization from 1950 projected to 2050.
Map showing urban areas with at least one million inhabitants in 2006.
The city council of Tehran meets in September 2015.
The city hall in George Town, Malaysia, today serves as the seat of the City Council of Penang Island.
The Dublin Fire Brigade in Dublin, Ireland, quenching a severe fire at a hardware store in 1970
The Ripon Building, the headquarters of Greater Chennai Corporation in Chennai. It is one of the oldest city governing corporations in Asia.
La Plata, Argentina, based on a perfect square with 5196-meter sides, was designed in the 1880s as the new capital of Buenos Aires Province.
Clusters of skyscrapers in Xinyi Special District – the centre of commerce and finance of Taipei City, capital of Taiwan.
Paris is one of the best-known cities in the world.
Nepalese dancers at Edmonton Heritage Festival, an example of the cultural diversity of a city.
Atomic bombing on August 6, 1945, devastated the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
Warsaw Old Town after the Warsaw Uprising, 85% of the city was deliberately destroyed.
Traffic congestion in Bandung, West Java
Aqueduct of Segovia in Spain
Gautrain stopped at the O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg
Transjakarta in Indonesia is the longest bus rapid transit system in the world
Baana, a shared-path rail trail in the center of Helsinki
This urban scene in Paramaribo features a few plants growing amidst solid waste and rubble behind some houses.
Profile of an urban heat island
St Stephen's Green, an urban park in Dublin, Ireland
Central Park in New York City
Stock exchanges, characteristic features of the top global cities, are interconnected hubs for capital. Here, a delegation from Australia is shown visiting the London Stock Exchange.
World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., United States
John Martin's The Fall of Babylon (1831), depicting chaos as the Persian army occupies Babylon, also symbolizes the ruin of decadent civilization in modern times. Lightning striking the Babylonian ziggurat (also representing the Tower of Babel) indicates God's judgment against the city.

(This arrangement contrasts with the more typically horizontal relationships in a tribe or village accomplishing common goals through informal agreements between neighbors, or through leadership of a chief.) The governments may be based on heredity, religion, military power, work systems such as canal-building, food-distribution, land-ownership, agriculture, commerce, manufacturing, finance, or a combination of these.

Historically, cities rely on rural areas for intensive farming to yield surplus crops, in exchange for which they provide money, political administration, manufactured goods, and culture.

Greater Tokyo Area, Japan, the world's most populated urban area, with about 38 million inhabitants

Urban area

Human settlement with a high population density and infrastructure of built environment.

Human settlement with a high population density and infrastructure of built environment.

Greater Tokyo Area, Japan, the world's most populated urban area, with about 38 million inhabitants
Greater Melbourne, Australia at night, seen from the International Space Station
Urban land area (km2), 2010
Urban areas with at least one million inhabitants in 2006
India gate panorama.
A street sign indicating the beginning of an urban area in Finland. The picture was taken in Vimpeli.
São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, the largest city proper in the Southern Hemisphere, in the Americas, and the world's ninth-largest urban area by population.
Moscow, the capital and largest city of Russia
Saint Petersburg, the cultural capital and the second-largest city
Yekaterinburg, the fourth-largest city in the country.

In urbanism, the term contrasts to rural areas such as villages and hamlets; in urban sociology or urban anthropology it contrasts with natural environment.