The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view of the subject. (December 2010)
The definition of a rural settlement depends on the country. In some countries, a rural settlement is any settlement in the areas defined as rural by a governmental office, e.g., by the national census bureau. This may include even rural towns. In some others, rural settlements traditionally do not include towns.
The settlement where the occupation of majority of people relate to the local natural resources are called rural settlement for example, (1) settlement of fisheries along a sea coast, (2) settlement of tribal people in the forest area and (3) settlement of farmers along the banks of rivers.
Rural settlements show the reciprocal relationship of human occupance features and environment.
A municipal rural settlement in Russia is a type of municipal formation.
The term "rural settlement" is also sometimes used either as a synonym for all rural localities, or for settlements of rural type in particular.