If you are planning on moving to the country or leaving the country for the city, consider these pros and cons.
It is sometimes a common case of “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”. City people often long for the restful life of the country. Country people often long for the excitement of the city. A move from one to the other can be shocking, if not very traumatic. A city dweller might think the peace and quite of the country is better, only to be kept awake by coyotes. A farm kid might long for the fast pace of the town only to be overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.
For those who don’t know, Rural means “country”, and Urban means “city”.
Cons of Rural Living
Your nearest neighbor may be a mile away. There may be times when you won’t see another human being for days unless you go somewhere.
Schools are not in walking distance – Yup, your kids will be on a school bus. This may be a 1 hour ride, each way.
Shopping is Not Convenient
If you so much as run out of milk (and do not have your own milk cow or goat) it means a trip in the car.
Mechanics and most services are not close – It is not easy if your car breaks down and your nearest mechanic is 30 miles away.
Internet and Television Services May be Lower
I am on dial up… enough said.
Restaurants and Entertainment are Not Easily Available
Driving involves time, expense, and planning.
Pros of Rural Living
The first thing that happened when I moved to the country is people introduced themselves as my “neighbor”, when I asked where they lived, they would tell me… “one mile north and two miles west” or something like that. I have had neighbors plow my driveway in winter just for something to do. Other neighbors make a point of keeping us informed on area news.
More privacy. You do not need to worry about going out into your yard and being bothered or pestered to make conversation.
You Can Have a Huge Garden
It is much easier to become self sufficient or at least semi-self sufficient when you have the space to do so.
You Can Have a Horse
Or a llama, donkey, chicken, sheep, bison, whatever your amount of space (and fencing) allows. You should check area laws. Free Range hens will not only give you eggs, but will eat a lot of bugs.
Published in: Rural Living