OK, so let's define it. To me being "in the country" means no restrictive city ordinances, it means that people are accountable to their neighbors, not to the city council. It means lower taxes, septic tanks, and water wells, often pumped by a windmill. Propane tanks. No city services. Electricity if you're lucky, a generator if you're even luckier. Dirt roads that you pay to dump gravel on every few years, sharing the tab with your neighbors. It means "going to town" once a week for groceries, with a local "general store" if it's a "populated" area.
It does not mean living among the "horsey set" like we have all along the SF Peninsula in little towns with names like Woodside, Portola Valley, and Los Altos Hills. Yes, there are trees, horses, a few cows, and lots of Jaguars and Mercedes Benz cars. Ask them and they will tell you that they live "in the country". No sidewalks does not mean "in the country".
That's my definition, what's yours?