Hi BenWritings, I just moved from Los Angeles are to a country environment in Louisiana. Since I now know the difference I can tell you that I miss the conveniences of living in the city such as being able to conquer an entire day's worth of errands in the same 5 mile proximity, great internet service, entertainment, friends/family, freeway access etc. I REALLY miss the BEACH. I don't miss the ghetto birds (police helicopters), traffic, noise pollution, air pollution, crowded areas, high prices, larger concentration of rude people lacking in manners, and giant parking lots/shopping centers where parks should be.
With that being said, just the other night after the sun set the woods outisde of my country house were sparkling with fire flies, the stars were so bright and beautiful, deer, rabbits, raccoons, squirrels etc..just wander about. The environment was just so peaceful and happy I knew I could never have that feeling in the city. In the country people just wave at you when you drive by...people you don't even know...it's a friendlier, relaxed life. When I wake up in the morning I can walk down to the river and fish or just sit and listen/watch all of the amazing birds. The downside is that I have to drive much, much further to get the things I need and I must commute for work. I can't hollar for help because nobody would ever hear me, and internet service is HORRIBLE. Also, one of my pet peeves is that there are few street signs, and people really do give directions by landmarks even if they are trees, buildings and railroad tracks. Don't even bother with your GPS because most of the roads are not marked.
In both environments you are trading something off but I am convinced my health and happiness has improved since I moved to the country. If I need my city fix, I can drive over to New Orleans and speed life back up again ;0). So for me living in the country is better even with it's downfalls and beats the city hands down.