City Life Vs. Country Life
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?"
Family Builds Modern Farmhouse Off the Grid in Wisconsin
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A family builds an ultra-modern farmhouse completely off the grid in the Wisconsin countryside.
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?