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City Life Vs. Country Life
Is it Better to Live in the City or Country?
The city is an exciting place, and although visiting the countryside can be ideal for vacations, 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.
Where the most remote locations are unsafe, the same can be said of the inner-cities, whose crime rates are exponentially worse in places like Chicago, Miami, or Los Angeles. As a compromise, the suburbs offer just enough 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. 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.
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 for less.
It all depends, then, on what your preference is on where you'd be happiest. 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 may be complete in the heart of the country.