Rural Living: Life in Rural America

Living in a remote location such as a rural area can have its advantages as well as its disadvantages. One of the more obvious advantages would be privacy. In many rural communities neighbors are fewer and far between than they are in the suburban areas, allowing more freedom to the occupants.

Living in a remote location such as a rural area can have its advantages as well as its disadvantages. One of the more obvious advantages would be privacy. In many rural communities neighbors are fewer and far between than they are in the suburban areas, allowing more freedom to the occupants.

Building codes are more relaxed as well. Pets and animals can be kept and gardening, a popular pastime in rural areas, becomes more practical. Gardening can serve more than just a hobbyist’s pastime. It can serve to offset the costs of produce, and assist in a steady food surplus for the rural family.

A few of the disadvantages include increased time commuting to and from work, increased power outages and more difficulty accessing high speed internet and cable television. Of the people who choose to live in rural areas they agree that the disadvantages for them outweigh the disadvantages of living in more remote locations.

In many instances the differences between rural dwellers and urban residents are quite vast. They do not often cross lines such as urban dwellers to move to the country, or for rural dwellers to enter successfully into urban life or embrace urban culture and lifestyles.

There is no right or wrong way to live, be it either rural life, or urban living. The two are just so vastly and culturally adverse that not often are lines crossed successfully. People who move from urban areas into rural areas often find the lifestyle too relaxed, and lose patience easily, people who move from the more relaxed life of rural life often times find it difficult to adapt to the faster paced lifestyle.

Though some people do make the transition with varying levels of success, most people find the change to difficult to adapt to. There are a number of reasons one might attempt such a life altering cultural change including but not limited to health reasons, levels of stress, relationship issues, and mid life crisis in which a person feels they need an abrupt and very drastic change in their lifestyles to feel young again.

There is no real surprise why some people feel this need for such a drastic change. Our society according to some leading analysts and psychologists has changed from a progressive society based on domestic harmony into that of a short sixty second society. They begin to feel that something is missing in their lives, and reach out to the simple country life for a change in pace.

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  1. In the greater part, the cost of rural living outweighs the benefits. Despite the space, there is no privacy. Unlike their urban counterparts, rural inhabitants are extremely delicate. Be prepare for them closing in on you while seeing them defending their turf, at the same time. Unfortunately, these are not the open categories who like to share.

  2. I must disagree with that statement. No one has ever invaded our privacy and we don’t invade others. We either keep to ourselves or make friends with the neighbors we do have, bu t we do defend our turf in the end.

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