Natasha is a freelance writer and Christian author who lives with her family in the Indianapolis area.
Is it Better to Live in the City or Country?
The city and countryside alike can be ideal for living or for going on vacation, depending on how you look at it.
In the city, having people nearby to help lend a hand can bring more peace of mind in terms of safety. It can be scary for a car to break down in the middle of nowhere, or to get lost down some long, winding road. Plus, the city always has something going on, such as events, new restaurants, and community outreach opportunities.
Statistically-speaking, however, rural communities tend to have less crime than say inner-cities such as Chicago, Miami, or Los Angeles, to name a few. As a compromise, many people prefer the suburbs because they offer modern living mixed with ample space between neighbors, so that you can balance out urban with rural and not have to ever leave your locale. In such areas, there are wide selections of stores, jobs, and shorter commutes, and possibly lower housing costs. Roads are generally easier to navigate (especially in inclement weather with road crews out plowing and laying down salt), and trash pick-up is scheduled weekly. Neighborhood crime watch units are enforced, and local fire and police stations ensure quicker emergency response times.
Country Roads Take Me Home
Living in the country sets you back from the frantic pace of the modern day. It can certainly be ideal for the more introverted of heart. And if you are not afraid of manual labor or becoming a Do-It-Yourself-er, not as many modern things are needed, thus saving you money. You can own more land and buy homes most affordably. Do you have what it takes to be a "modern pioneer?"
Living off the Grid
The above story is just one of countless families who have decided to retreat into nature and even go off the grid to save money and have more control over their future and happiness. While not without sacrifices, it's a satisfying way to live for those who like country living best.
In the City
The vibrant hum of city living has a thrill of its own. Like a heartbeat, the sights and sounds are exciting and oftentimes comforting to those who inhabit them. From the ease of getting around to visit friends and family, to taking advantage of public transportation, and having a vast selection of stores and venues, cities are why singles, families, and retirees alike are always going to be in the market for finding an apartment or home to rent or buy.
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Tips When Choosing an Urban or Rural Community
When deciding where you want to live, it has to make sense for you and your needs - whether you are looking for your first apartment, buying a larger home, relocating, or downsizing. Having a list of pros and cons will better help you narrow your focus and avoid you from making distracted or rushed decisions. Here are items to consider as you form your list:
- Cost. How much time and money am I willing to invest in the home I want?
- Space. How much living space do I need (including storage)?
- Convenience. How far am I willing to travel to get to and from my home and places around the community?
- Safety. What safety measures are important to me?
- Commitment. How long do I plan to stay, and do I see myself wanting to move frequently or stay put for years to come?
- Neighborhood. Is the area and its people a place where I can feel at home?
A Change'll Do Ya Good
It all depends, then, on what your preference is on where you'd be happiest. Where that is can evolve over time through life's circumstances - both foreseeable and unexpected events. If you thrive around lots of people, don't like being out in the sun much, and aren't keen on driving through miles of cornfields just to get to the nearest shopping center, then city living would probably be ideal. But if you have anxiety attacks, consider yourself an outdoorsy person, or enjoy being around animals, your life just may be complete in the heart of the country. And, if you're still not sure, why not take a vacation to one or the other locale for an easy no-strings-attached way to preview what life could be like if you had to choose?
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Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on May 18, 2020:
Thank you for sharing :) I like both. I like living on the quiet side yet within ten min of everything like cafes, shops, parks and entertainment :)
no name on May 02, 2016:
country is better
country's girl not happy being suck on February 01, 2015:
How is the country better? I have lived in the country for 24 years and nothing has helped me here. No, transportation you have to go miles to find a job. There's only farms and if there is any businesses they are family business and can't hire anyone.
Another problem with the country, people quit school everyone is so blinded they don't understand that there's so much more in life than just drinking, bonfires and all this nonsense life is okay to be not rich but, you have to have money and being in a place where there is no jobs or hard to find a job, how are you supposed to survive? The US are dealing more overseas so, sooner or later these farmers are going to be out of work so, tell me what they're going to do when they have nothing to survive on.
Dink on October 04, 2014:
The country sucks! Stupid rednecks and their pointless country music. Most of them know how to tear apart a car engine better than they can spell their own name. Oh, and they are very closeminded and racist as well. If you don't like Obama, move to Canada, you moronic hilljacks. I will take my city over your country any day.
MattBasic on April 09, 2014:
Country is way better you have so much more for so little. Ya you may have to drive a lot but its nice for people who like to drive and enjoy the nice country landscape. And well water. but that's what you get for buying a house in the country.
raquelle148 on April 01, 2014:
Since I love nature so country is better.
gggj on December 01, 2013:
i love to live in the city
AnnaCountryGirl on November 25, 2013:
Country is way better. Peace and quiet, space for cattle, a place of your own. Can't beat that.
Jessicajerink on October 16, 2013:
TOTALLY LOVE LOVE LOVE THE COUNTRY. ITS so much better, wide open spaces, peace with no noise, happiness, small town people with small town beliefs and everybody helps everybody out. animals are more friendly. its so much better. I have lived in the country before, and its been the best time of my life.
cowboys21 on April 15, 2013:
A country life is a lot better then a city life
eekamouz from Oregon on March 23, 2013:
I was born and raised in a large city, spent my high school years in a farm community of less than 3,000 people, and over the past 30 years have lived in both cities and small college towns. There's good in all places, and I've developed an appreciation for both city and country. Given the choice I prefer living in a small college town not far from a big city (only 2 hrs away) and where it's easy to get out into the very rural areas, and is only an hour's drive from the beach...and I've lived there for 12 years now. It's called Corvallis, Oregon
Collin on October 30, 2012:
Country life is way better. In the country, you can hunt, ride ATVs, drive tractors, etc. I live on a dairy farm and i LOVE it! Me and my friends have tailgate parties, go to tractor pulls and a bunch of other stuff. In the city, (inner city), all i see is a bunch of "gangstas" wearing their pants down to their ankles, jackets 4 sizes to big, and stupid flat brimed hats. Now in the metro, its all cars, buses, and taxies. Every building is about 2 feet away from each other. And all i hear there is stupid rap and hiphop music being blared. In the country, there is no drugs, no crime, and no pollution. The Country will kick the city's ass!
KEVIN 21 YEARS on September 16, 2012:
COUNTRY LIFE WAY BETTER
Partha on May 28, 2012:
afterall city is best
Martha on May 17, 2012:
CITY IS SOOOOOOO MUCH BETTER! I HATE THE COUNTRY!
Nicole on May 16, 2012:
Just moved from the city and I have to agree country life is much better! The people are so awesome, I love the open area and love the great views! Also my dogs love it here!
Momo on March 17, 2012:
bRIGHTMOON on January 30, 2012:
cITY IS BETTER THAN cOUNTRY
felixeo on January 09, 2012:
country is better i agree
Anthony on December 05, 2011:
I live in the suburbs, but damn do I want to live the good ol country life, I get out there every chance I get, and Im definatley movin out there ASAP
yakker on November 26, 2011:
It depends on the City, and how far out in the country you live. I will say your writing skills are very good...
town or country?
Jefferson Tx on November 10, 2011:
I think the country life is better i've been in the country all of my life. I have also visited the city a lot,to visit I love it but I wouldn't want to live there its too much going on and to noisy i'd rather deal with the animals and fresh air.
Hello on August 29, 2011:
I like the city more because i feel more at home
hi on August 12, 2011:
I totally prefer country.
jomama on June 17, 2011:
after reading this essay, because i also have to right one of my own, i honestly believe that country life is better... there aren't any people to tell you what to do, when to do it etc. i personally enjoy being around farm animals instead of people...but then again, thanks to this argument, you don't want to be lonely and away from people.
BlaketheCakeintheLake on April 27, 2011:
I live in the country, therefore it is much better.
unknown on April 19, 2011:
Ive always liked the country, but now that i read this, i agree. Good points and state facts! Very well-written.
Stellaaaa. on March 15, 2011:
im only fairly young, but i know that the country is deffinately better. i like the fresh air, having animals just outside and not having noisy neighbours right up against you.
COUNTRY IS BETTER !!
farah on January 21, 2011:
country is a hell of a lot better
mahek on January 08, 2011:
city is better as it has many good facilities.
Erik on December 12, 2010:
I think it is much heather to live in the country no GAS in the air every time you breath. I very strongly dislike the city.
Devin on September 28, 2010:
I've lived in both the city and coutry. The choices are difficult indeed and points can be argued to either side. But I'm confident that the best decision at least for me in something in between because I like beauty and nature, but the convenience and openminded people of the city are also spoiling and have become a necessity to my happiness. That's why I believe San Diego maybe the perfect place to settle down...plus i pretty much grew up there :)
fidelis on May 24, 2010:
I have been in London,manchester 2006. But to me what i have learned is that nowadays country life is almost the same as city life even here Africa . and anytime you want to vist exthibitions,theatre you may drive and back to country. NO STRESS, NO POLLUTION etc.
Lucy on May 12, 2010:
You all make good points. I'm 100% torn between both, grew up in royal parts of british country side and now living in london. But my thoughts of it is... Ok london can offer markets, galleries, exhibitions, theatre etc but how many people can afford to do that all the time? It's all consumer hobbies and activities, what happened to thinking for yourself? Don't get me wrong I love those things, but to me that sounds as restricting as the countryside can be?
firstname.lastname@example.org on April 18, 2010:
I am about to stop working here in the city . in a very very near future . ihave already bought a piece of land 40 acres . servant quarters is going on in the farm . cows already are there and many more . yeah back to my roots to the foundation . country life is better .
catherine on April 17, 2010:
The country is way better. Instead of listening to buses and trains 24/7 and not having enough room to breathe. In the country I can breath I can have my animals the only down side is theres not much spprentice chef jobs
. As soon as I get a job in the country im moving there asap . I will feel free and happy
email@example.com on April 15, 2010:
country is better, country life in new millenium will never be like 1880's. Nowadays there is a solar power, we have mobile phones, we have satelite dish. Even here AFRIKA you enjoy a lot in country life . Many means of transport a lot of bicycle,motor cycle. and a lot to enjoy .Lets turn back to our foundation. roots more natural more organic food , more physical activity.
sam on April 08, 2010:
ya its true
Jocelyn on March 05, 2010:
City is the best! u can easily get done things in just a few minutes because you got everything u need.
maro on February 22, 2010:
country is better
nashhath on February 18, 2010:
i agree with your points and i must say that they are really fantastic!
mahn on January 21, 2010:
country is BETTER
bob on October 18, 2009:
country is a hell of a lot better