If you are planning on moving to the country or leaving the country for the city, consider these pros and cons.
You Can See the Stars
Peaceful nights and no city lights.
Sure you can go to these things if you live in the city, but where will you put all your cool finds?
Cons of Urban Living
You are surrounded by hundreds or thousands of people, but you won’t know most of them, and most won’t know you. People who live more than a block away won’t consider themselves as your neighbor and in some places won’t stop to help you if you need a hand.
Sirens, neighbors fighting, barking dogs, traffic. All day, every day.
Studies have shown that people living in larger cities have higher levels of stress associated with the competitive nature of living so close together. There is a bigger pressure to “keep up with the Jone’s”
Of course with all the traffic you have higher levels of air pollution and smog risks. Studies have shown children raised in large cities with poor air quality have higher instances of developing asthma.
Lack of Privacy
You cannot go out in your yard without the possibility of your neighbor sticking their head over the fence and talking to you.
Too Many Rules
Sure country life has rules too… but when you are in the city you are sure to have stricter local by-laws.
Pros of Urban Living
In the city it is not uncommon to have chats with your neighbor through the fence, or when you are shoveling your sidewalk.
Easier Access to Public Transportation
Buses and Taxis are a part of most cities. If not you might even have a friend nearby who can give you a ride.
Lots of Entertainment and Cultural Events
Most cities have lots of entertainment venues so there is usually something going on at any moment of any day to satisfy your needs.
Closer to Emergency Services
Such as Police, Ambulance, and Hospitals.
The mix of the energy and the city lights, can be very uplifting.
More Social Options
If you do not click with one group of people, there is always another around the corner, or down the street, or on the next block.
Frequently cross paths when City people become tourists and treat country people as lower class citizens, or when country people visit the city and are intolerant of the different mixtures of people. This can be particularly hard when a city person moves to the country or a country person moves to the city and is ostracized by their new community. Please try to remember, we are all just people too, each with their own likes and dislikes
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Published in: Rural Living