In What environment do You prefer to live? City, Suburbs, Rural or Otherwise? Explain a bit.
Are you currently living in your ideal/preferred location?
I live in a small town, 500 people, and I love it. I live 50 miles from Evansville, Indiana, which is a large metro city. On average, a murder is committed daily. There is rarely any crime in my little town. Everyone knows their neighbors and stand ready to lend a helping hand when needed. Interesting topic Paula!!
I prefer to live in an area where I do not have to drive miles to get to the nearest grocery store but not where somewhere like in a big city where I have to parallel park-the only time I did this was for my driver's test. Where I am living is in the suburbs of a small city. It's a good neighborhood and two grocery stores and a few other stores within a mile. I have to drive a few more miles to go to the Wal-Mart and the shopping mall.
I wouldn't mind living in a rural area either. It gives more privacy than where I currently live as long I don't feel isolated from civilization.
To make either of these ideal-having the house by the ocean or one of the Great Lakes-would be a dream come true
Everyone has such different ideas about where they prefer to live.. "Isolation" is like heaven to me, near the woods, with a stream nearby.
Sounds like your area is convenient.
Even though it is considered a small city, we still have deer in our neighborhood coming to eat my daughter's day lilies. I guess I can handle isolation, buy enough food and supplies for a month-have a bog freezer or build an ice house
I prefer an upscale suburb within an hour's drive of a major city.
Essentially I like having the option to easily go into a big city for cultural events, plays, concerts, 5 star hotels & restaurants along with various other attractions.
I'm in a great area outside of Chicago right now.
However my favorite place I once lived was Dana Point, CA which is a small beach town in Southern California that is about 1 hour north of San Diego and 1 hour south of Los Angeles. (Depending on traffic).
Being near the ocean is ideal for me!
Dana Point sounds like a little piece of heaven! Will you go back one day? Of course, being near Chicago would be exciting with all there is to see & do. Thanks, Dashing.
I live about 30 miles of Dana Point, it is just OK, unless you have big money. Then you can stay at one of the several 5 star hotels.
I prefer rural. I am not a people person. I also like to have land, not fight traffic, and be able to enjoy the clean outdoor air.
Thankfully I do live in a rural area. It comes with downsides though. Like having to drive an hour to get to a good store, or driving an hour to get to a decent restaurant.
I have a few too many neighbors still, but they are at least an acre or 2 away so I still have my space.
It's great to live out here though. My town is small. Which means for the basics I only have to drive a mile to get what I need. I can walk if I am feeling up to it.
Right now it is pretty perfect for me. As long as I am within an hour of a water source like a big lake, have room for a big garden, and can't hear or see my neighbors I am happy!
I hear you...UR location sounds perfect 4 U & UR growing family. So good 4 kids to get outside & enjoy the sun & fresh air. They run around & go 2 bed early!! LOL. It's comfy 2 have UR own space.
There's Rural and Rural. In Australia's outback you can be a hundred miles from your nearest neighbor. That's why we have The Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Suburban, so that I have a fair degree of privacy and space while remaining close to shopping, employment, schools
Well, since you directed me here. . .I prefer a sort of in between. I like the idea of several acres to myself, but close enough to city life for things to do and suburbs for cheaper shopping. LOL Can I just have it all?
Go for it all! Why not? Sounds like a plan to me! In fact it sounds like perfection for a young couple with kids!
In answer to the second part of your question, I do sort of have that right now. But I would rather own the property I live on.
I'm a suburban girl all the way. I love being close to amenities with the advantage of a quieter, safer neighbourhood. I like having a house and a yard as opposed to the small spaces/high rises in cities.
I could not handle living in a rural area that was more than a few minutes from basic amenities (grocery stores, parks, etc.). I like to be within walking distance of those things. I grew up in a rural area (it was only a 10 minute drive from basic amenities) but I couldn't walk ANYWHERE because it was just on the side of a highway. I hate hopping in the car to drive a few minutes, seems like a waste.
I personally would prefer to be the only sentient being living on a planet far from this solar system and planet Earth, mostly because the planet is over run with fell out the stupid tree, hit their head on every branch on the way down, drop dead, stone cold, idiots . . . present company excluded . . . of course.
So to answer your question, I would say rural . . . is it safe to say that, should I lock my doors tonight, load the shotgun and put the glock under my pillow, strap my Rambo hunting knife to my muscular thigh?
Where do these clowns come from . . . ? Is it the chem trails, too much TV . . . or is the human race destine for extinction through sheer stupidity?
I'm thinking the latter, first Alien that comes by my house I will get down on my knees and beg them to abduct me . . . get me off this planet!
blue.......LMAO! You are out of this world...so I believe every word you've said! Please save some room for me on that planet. Anywhere HAS to be saner than around here!! Sounds like fun. Let's go. Be SAFE my love!!
Blue, you really are funny, but truthful. Just remember they are all supposed to be ascended in 400-500 years. Come back for a visit then.
I can totally relate. When I was a kid I wanted to travel space on the Enterprise - and then I wanted to live on Deep Space Nine. There were plenty of 'Earth Trees' on the holodeck. I didn't even need to visit that planet, LoL! Earth sucks.
You know that by leaving the planet you are effectively taking the stupid with you?
P.S. Earth doesn't suck, I think it's absolutely beautiful.
No, I won't be taking any of your family members with me, so the stupid will stay here but maybe they will have instituted a law against dull points breeding and the intelligence level will rise . . . who knows?
I to would like to live on another planet; Earth is full of brain dead people,
I was born and raised in Houston, mostly on the streets. Been shot at, shot back, seen some unbelievable stuff.
So now I prefer my 2 acres in the country. 10 miles to the nearest grocery store, all fenced in and video surveilance set up and a gun range down the street for practice.
You can find me on a map or gps, but i would not advise dropping by unannounced. My neighbors are just as gun happy as any other Texan around here.
I may sound paranoid, but like I said, I've seen some stuff you would not believe.
We love our solitude, feel comfy even running around naked in the back yard. Retired and loving it.
It's almost as good as an island in the Caribbean, just gets too dang hot in the summer!
To live in an upscale urban neighborhood with the best of amenities-shopping centers, bookstores, spas, restaurants, & gourmet shops. The city is in my blood- I was born & raised in the city. I have lived in the city all my life. The city has so much at one's disposal, especially if one is comfortable socioeconomically.
My second preference would be an upscale suburb just outside the city. Such a place has many of the amenities that cities have but without much bustle. In fact, suburbs are the next thing to rural living in my estimation. The suburbs are a touch of rural living in an urban environment.
I would love to try to live in rural where there is no internet line.
Probably the suburbs.
I grew up in Manhattan, and because it was my only reference, I liked it. The entire NYC, 5 Burroughs were a bicycle or subway ride away. But when I visited it as an adult, I wondered why these people didn't move like we did? I lived on the Lower East Side of Manhattan
I have never lived in a place with less the 40,000 people On Long Island, in Southern and Northern California. But other than Manhattan, it was always in the suburbs.
I have worked in the large cities, but home was in the suburbs. Commuting is the bad part, but being outside of the city is the good part.
The city is fun to visit once and a while, but everyday living is better in the suburbs. It is party city, and part rural, well sort of.
If I was going to change it would be more rural, that more city.
Where I prefer to live is not where I live. Naturally the reason is mainly financial. Hopefully one of those days I play the lottery I win giggle + giggle. Essentially the area I would prefer to live 'at' is rural but near a small township/village. But, the area I have a desire to move to is in Sweden.
Why? That may take a Hub to explain. It centers around a fictional book I have played with for a few years now historically medieval days - knights, vikings, Norse mythology, and etc. Maybe something to do today doing a compare/contrast . . . I dun'no. If I am ambitious I will post here as a second answer.
The second question is I don't live in a rural area. It is on the somewhat outer edge of a city of 150K. However, where I have chosen to live was well planned and is part natural selection, part convenience, and part having a fixed income, desire to age gracefully, and like as much privacy as possible.
Really it is kinda' idyllic regard conveniences (Most needs are in walking distance including my doctor/medical center), City accommodations like library, hospital, and etc, weather, and community (Mobile home park). But, the cost of living generally is high. It is at Escondido, Calif. in San Diego County. San Diego itself is rated as the 7th highest in U.S. for cost of living. How I got to be here is a life story as is for most.
Thanks for asking the question Paula! You inspired me to ponder and with a giggle + giggle to play the lottery this week . . .
This is an interesting question because most people want to be where they are not, and that includes me. When I was growing up in a small rural town, I couldn't wait to get away to the city. I've truly enjoyed 40 years of city life, but now I'm ready to go back to my origins. While it's nice to have city conveniences like grocery stores and other nearby shopping, the critical requirement for retirement to us is good medical facilities within a reasonable distance. Right now the only thing we don't like about living outside the city limits is that it is a restricted area like a suburb. If we could just move a little farther out, I would be a lot happier. Getting my husband out of this underground house would be like the ant moving the rubber tree plant. I think he's developed a fear of storms.
We found the perfect place about 5 years ago, up in the Ozarks near where we originated. What really stopped us from buying the 10 acres with a beautiful mountain top view was the lack of medical facilities close by. There were doctors and hospitals 30 miles away both east and west of us, but that's too far if one is having a heart attack or falls and breaks a leg. If we were young and had the resources we do now, I wouldn't hesitate to move to the country.
I live very close to the beach...which I love, in a suburban neighborhood. However, I find that often my soul longs to be in the mountains, far from the suburbs or hustle and bustle of city life. I long to be in a secluded area. Nothing but me, the trees, nature and my thoughts.
I like to live in rural area.because I like to sit quiet and free from dust&noise.
I've always lived in the city so am not sure how the suburban or rural life is like..but I can definitely say city life is convenient and exciting. Having said that, I do wish I have a quiet and more peaceful place to go home to (preferabLy near a beach). Its always good to have some REAL nature around (not just man made city parks or gardens) so you can feel more grounded and relax.
I've lived in large cities and small towns. I prefer rural place to live over anything a city has to offer. I really enjoy having access to all the wonders of the deep woods. When I'm out there with people from the city they find it boring. If you like hunting, fishing, hiking and outdoor activities the rural world if for you. It is possible to live off the grid. If you must have easy access to everything society tells you is necessary, the city is where you'd be most comfortable.
I love the country although I really enjoy how convenient things are in the city. In the country there is options to take care of land and grow plants while in the city it is easier to have an active social life. I have lived in both places, and I prefer a happy medium between the two.
I live in small town (around 15,000 pop. I think), but I would like it to be even smaller than that. I like having space between be and a neighbor, but no more than a mile or two. I can't stand not having a close place to shop, so a grocery store within 20-30 minutes from my house would be a must.
Hi. For me it is rural living all the way. The stress of modern living can become unbearable, to be able to withdraw at the end of a working day is bliss. I realise that many people want the city life, it does not do for us all to be the same. Although some seek wealth, fame, excitement or just a faster pace of life many others seek a little peace at the end of the working day. I am now retired but realised many years ago that what we all seek is Peace of Mind. Yes wealthy or just getting by, if you can pay your way and have that peace of mind then a the years pass, you will understand that you do not need riches to be a Millionaire.
I live in a district which is like a small city. I can go from one end to the other in just 15 minutes. I like where I live. I like small cities as opposed to villages as I am not used to village lifestyle. Our colony has plenty of free space and the roads are totally empty. There are two or three grounds where kids play. I play football with my friends in holidays. If I lived in a big city I would have to find a ground and there would be a lot of rush there. There is no noise when I wake up and the sunlight comes through my window. I will try to stay here as long as possible, but I may have to leave for studies at some point. This place has become my heart and soul and I know everyone in my small colony. I don't think I would be comfortable anywhere else. So I prefer to live in Suburbs as it brings together the best of both worlds.
I prefer to live in an area where I do not have to drive miles to get to the nearest grocery store but not where somewhere
Suburbs, although if no high-rises or bad neighborhoods were involved city would be OK under some circumstances.
NO RURAL for me!!!!! I hate rural. Too many trees make me feel as if I'm suffocating, and I have this "thing" that people who don't fit well in the suburbs or cities tend to head for "rural". I know that's not always the case, of course; and a lot of creeps live in cities or suburbs. Still, I find rural creepy in some ways, buggy, and suffocating. I REALLY think that rural is a poor environment for children.
The suburb where I live is too rural for my tastes, so, no. I'm not living in the type of suburb that I'd prefer. It's kind of the worst of all worlds - lots of traffic much of the time but also too rural in other ways. It makes up for some of its "issues" with the fact that there are many nice people/families
I am currently not living in my preferred location. If I had things my way I'd be living off grid in the mountains somewhere, snuggled up in a log cabin.
Oh my friend is beautiful article good job and thank you very much.
My top preference for an ideal lifestyle would be to live in an extremely rural environment. I would want to be completely off the grid. Unfortunately, my body would not fair well in a self-sustaining environment. Therefore, in reality, I would prefer to live in a rural area of the world with very few neighbors within the surrounding mile.
I enjoy living off of what the Earth provides. A small home in the forest, like the home depicted in this post, would be perfection.
I want an A-frame cabin in the woods! Something very similar to the picture!
i would love to live rural area .where i can get some pace.
I have lived in a lot of environments, ranging from a small rural village in England, to the biggest city in the world at that time, London, England in the 1940s (yes, it did have a bigger population than New York in those days)
I've lived in cities and towns of various sizes, but I think the best is the moderate sized city of around 500,000 to 800,000 people. Big enough to have all the facilities, small enough to not have the shortcomings of overcrowding. Most optimum city - AT THAT TIME - was Auckland, New Zealand (1970s) But Sydney, Australia, with only 2.5 million back in the 1950s was also a very good place to live.
I rarely answer questions but since it's you, Sis, I'll take a few minutes on this sunny Sunday to answer your question.
Which do I prefer? Rural. Where do we live? Urban! Our solution...create a rural environment on our urban lot. If we can't move to the country then we bring the country to the city.
Pretty simple, right?
Happy Sunday dear friend.
Preferably a university town, walk-able and with good public schools and transportation.; And one that's near a larger city with plenty of cultural and entertainment opportunities.
I have always lived in a rural area. Although I'd prefer to have a little flatter piece of land to call home I really can't complain. I live on a hill not far off the beaten trail but far enough back that our nearest Walmart is 30 miles away. I'm okay with that. My dream home would be a cabin by a lake. What writer wouldn't like that?
No. I live in Southern New Jersey in a rental. My landlord is a slum lord that doesn't fix anything and wants me and my husband to leave thinking she can rent to many roommates and get more money or sell this slowly falling apart house. The jobs in this area do not pay enough. The climate, well it is May 1st my day off from work and it has rained all day and cold and damp. Personally I would for the money rather live in the city. It is fast, better paying and not boring. My husband would rather live in Florida, simply for the climate. Anywhere is better than the state of New Jersey.
I would absolutely LOVE to live in a rural area. The open-ness and having nature right there would make me so happy.
I wish to live in place like the Maldives where you could have pure water and the greenery at the same time or Switzerland, god's heaven on earth. But with Internet and a huge library filled with good books.
Personally I prefer rural - I seem to be moving to smaller and smaller towns as I get older and have no interest in big city living anymore - for us here, a traffic jam is 10 cars and takes, at most, 10 minutes to clear. When working in a big city, the commute that was normally 20 minutes would take 45 minutes with rush-hour traffic. Also prefer the pace of lifestyle here in the country - more relaxed and people are a lot friendlier.
I would prefer to live in suburbs areas. Only because its a great combination of privacy and employment.
I'm lucky because I live exactly where I want to live. I live in Western Washington by the trees and the water. I used to live in Montana which didn't have enough trees for me, was yellow, and too far away from salt water. Now I live somewhere green and am a short drive away from the Sound. I wouldn't mind living closer to the water, but a short drive to it works for me. I guess I'm in what some people call a "rural" area, but it is nothing as rural as Montana. The big city is only 65 miles away, and I love that I can visit it sometimes. The city has too many people and too much traffic for me, so I'm happy where I live in my "rural" area.
I've mostly lived in rural areas my entire life. My parents are both very introverted. Honestly they'd probably be perfectly happy with being the very last people on earth, they're THAT introverted. I'm an extrovert so I love being around people but I've never lived in a city before.
Right now I live in a very small town and it seemed quaint and cute for the first few years but now, it's kind of starting to wane on me. I'm glad I can go to school in my own town but there aren't any grocery stores big enough to do REAL grocery shopping in my town. I couldn't find a job in my town (I have to drive 30 minutes to work) and neither could my parents or siblings. We can't go clothes shopping here either because they don't have that kind of store here. When you live in a town this small it's almost like, what's the point?
--You can't shop there.
--You can't work there.
--There aren't any places to do any kind of recreational activities there.
After a while, what's the point?
Although, I do love the idea of owning tons of rural land. I'd like to have a shorter commute to work though (like 10-15 minutes max) and have a grocery story in the town that I live in. So a medium size town maybe, 20,000-200,000 people I'm thinking. I could live on the outskirts and not be a small town person.
I prefer to live in a city. In a city, there is lots of activities that one can enroll on on a daily basis.
There is no time to get bored or feeling down, as every city has its own cultural characteristics that prevent people from getting bored.
A city, especially if that city is big, one can take courses on whatever subject, visit museum or simply ride the city´s public transportation and visit places in the city that one would never had thought they existed.
I'm a hermit Paula ! Give me off grid any day , I live on the edge of a four or five hundred person population small town in Vermont , Thinking all the time about my little paradise in the woods far away !Going to be RV Boone Docking by the end of this year !
Rural. I used to live in a rural environment and I loved it. There was more room to roam, it was quiet, and I had AMAZING neighbours. I didn't have to worry about locking my doors or my car- that is just how country life was.
Unfortunately my roommate that i was renting from was an alcoholic so I chose to move out.
Now i live in the suburbs and its okay- the house is nice. I am dying to go back to the country when I can buy my own place. I don't enjoy the sirens, sounds of dogs people can't train, and people yelling at all hours of the night.
Personally, I prefer a change of scenery from time to time. I tend to move every year or so, but would like to move much more often. In fact, I would LOVE to have a Winnebago and live on the road. I like to visit urban areas. I like to see the buildings and interact with a wide variety of people. I like to find little pockets of nature hidden between neighborhoods and over passes.
Suburban life is certainly pleasant and worry free from a certain perspective, but it is inundated with nosy neighbors and HOAs. The money required to sustain such a lifestyle can easy turn you in to an unwitting slave of the system.
I also enjoy rural areas. The people are more friendly and less concerned about your business. Just don't go creeping around their property without permission. Far away from where the blacktop ends is where you can enjoy mother nature at her finest.
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My preferred location is rural, and I am happy to say that's exactly where I live. It is wonderful to wake up and hear the birds singing instead of traffic and sirens (I hated city living). I grew up on a farm and it is so nice to be back to my roots again, even though my choice of animals is not what we raised when I was a child. Alpacas are not as intimidating to me as cattle, and I can spin their fiber.
Ideally, I would like to have a variety of animals but for now I am content with the six alpacas I have. Rural living is the best in my opinion, because there is no one watching every move you make. And, if you want to have your morning coffee on your deck in your pajamas, there is no one there to condemn you for it.
An environment where there is peace,most important.An environment where there is greenery all around,where birds sings,no violence against nature.
Where no one envies, all are treated equally and love each other. (RURAl)
Having lived in all three at various points in my life, I can tell you that I absolutely prefer the suburbs.
I don't like crowds and loud noises, so obviously city life is not my schtick. However, when I lived in Machias, ME, I learned that living in that rural an area can be really hard. It's undoubtedly beautiful, and it's nice to know your neighbors and not need to worry about some of the things that you have to worry about in cities. However, there's very little to do. Having to drive an hour to get to the nearest clothing store or movie theater was okay when I was going to college and had other things to occupy my time with, but I anticipate that it would be hard to raise a family there because you would have to constantly allocate extra time to do things--and let's be honest, raising a family takes a lot of time on its own.
For me, I believe that the suburbs are a nice combination of the two. They're quieter and you can still get to know your neighbors, but you're still close to places with activity if you want that.
All that being said, I'm currently living in an apartment in the city. It's okay for now.
I prefer a suburb. Not too far from a city but far enough where you can raise a family and have some peace and quiet every once in a while.
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