Defining the "Rural" in RuralCarpool.com
Rural Carpool currently aims to help Drivers in smaller rural communities
(those living in Hamlets, Villages, and small Towns)
self-organize to share long roundtrips to the
larger Towns, Cities, and Metros, to which they already travel periodically, often alone.
Rural Carpool is not yet optimized -- or even appropriately designed -- for commuters, or to deal with the needs of Carpool
transit within a large town or city, nor is it optimized -- though possibly serviceable -- for people
traveling from Urban to Rural communities.
That will depend mostly on the frequency and number of urban Drivers going to the same region of smaller communities.
The table below outlines the (admittedly porous) definitional boundaries.
|Rural||Hamlets||pop. < 300||Often just "named crossroads," or a micro-region, or where a village once was. May have a church, a community hall, a storefront or two.||From|
|Villages||pop. 500||May have an everything-grocery-gas station, a business or two, a local cafe||From|
|Tiny Towns||pop. 800||A grocery store, gas station, local businesses, a couple of restaurants||From|
|Rural-Urban||Small Towns||pop. 1,000+||A grocery store, gas station, drug store, bank, hardware store, restaurants||From/To|
|Towns||pop. 5,000+||Lawyers/doctors/dentist offices, gas stations, strip malls, drug stores, banks, hardware stores, restaurants||To/From|
|Urban||Cities||pop. 10,000+||enclosed mall(s), specialty stores, coffee shops, movie theatres, taxis, buses||To|
|Metros||pop. 250,000+||Airport, bus/tram/subways, megamalls, concerts/theatre||To|
|These are very general ranges, and there are many exceptions to the above. That's why every Hub has
local humans crafting the Hub's regional boundaries, and choosing what target towns and cities make the most sense to include.|