City Life vs. Country Life
There are many different reasons that can contribute to why country or city living is better. A lot of things need to be taken into consideration due to the fact that they greatly differ from each other. The main problem is that it is a difficult question to answer because there is no right or wrong answer. Everyone is unique and has different tastes. There are positive and negative components of both situations such as the education and job prospects, crime and death rates, as well as the environment/lifestyle and the cost of living. Everyone has their own opinion; depending on what you prefer is what makes one “better” per say.
In the city, there are a lot more opportunities in university with a wider variety degrees and curriculums to study resulting in more options of fields to pursue in the future. Some the best schools in the United States are located in the city. Institutes in the city have more extracurricular activities and after school clubs because there are more students to participate making it worthwhile to holding many activities after school. It also gives students more time to enjoy being dynamic rather than going home and watching TV in their free time. Job opportunities are similarly an advantage of living in the city, as there are many businesses, corporations and establishments where there is a higher chance of getting hired most likely with a higher pay too. Moreover there are many different fields to pursue in the city to fit your criteria. Many economists have reported that earnings and job opportunities prove best in densely populated areas. Larger cities usually provide bounteous chances for employment and entrepreneurial ventures, particularly in niche markets. Conversely, as there are more people looking for jobs someone else may have a better education and more experience in that field making it difficult to land a job.
School systems in the country are a bit different, schools are in a much smaller scale and do not offer as many courses limiting your education. And there are many colleges which force the students that do want more options for education to go away for school. This ultimately ends up costing much more; having to pay for housing, out of state tuitions, and everything else that comes with living away from home. However there is indeed an advantage of education in the country, which is having a smaller classroom size, This enables a better student-teacher relationship and there is more one-on-one interaction resulting in a better understanding and being more knowledgeable towards their studies. Job prospects and duties can be quite different than jobs in the city. In the country a lot of people grow, eat and sell their own crops and what they don’t have they can trade off with their neighbors, whom do the same. It is a fairly common practice done in rural areas. Being that malls, restaurants, grocery stores, and the buildings in general are considerably spread apart. Additionally there are less job opportunities available and the ones that are most likely do not have a high pay. Depending on the location and the industry, it could be more difficult to make a small town business profitable. This is why some people rely on other resources for extra funds. Money in the country is not needed as much as in the city because daily living and expenses are not as costly. The lifestyle/environment and cost of living of these two places greatly differ as well.
The city life is a busy, hyper and an active lifestyle where convenience is at your side most of the time compared to living in the country. Population in the city is much greater so movies, malls, restaurants, grocery stores, and other reliable sources are at easy access because there are so many. This makes it very convenient to live in the city where errands are done much faster and easier and leisure time activities are right on hand when desired. Public transportation is another advantage of living in the city: there are taxies, buses or train stations on almost every corner in big cities making it easier to get around if you have no means of private transportation. Since a lot of places in the city are so close, travelling from place to place does not take much time from your daily schedule making your day more efficient. However, with all these advantages, the living expenses in the city are rather high compared to country life. . “In many urban areas, including Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Boston, working families often struggle to find affordable housing. Indeed, the price of housing often gets the most attention when it comes to measuring the cost of city living. Renting and housing prices tend to be significantly higher in urban locations” (Palmer, 2012). Having all of these services at such close reach is convenient but there is always a downside.
“In general, the cities with the lowest real estate prices per square foot were cities that have suffered from poor economic conditions for some time (Sauter, 2016). In order to live comfortably in the city, having a well-paid job is a must. The lifestyle and environment in the country has a calm, pure and peaceful scenery where everything is open, there are fewer buildings, minimum cars and people cluttering the area giving you a good sense of freedom and tranquility. Activities are very exciting and thrilling in the country also, consisting of hiking, fishing, horseback riding, four wheeling, and many more. These fun activities can also be good for your health which is a great benefit as well. Living expenses in the country are considerably less compared to the city. One individual that was reluctant to move from the city to the country says 10 years later, “My mortgage is less, taxes are less, car insurance is less, and our needs are less” (Childs, n.d). There is less income in the country but that comes with fewer expenses. Your cost of living could be 1/2 as much as it is in the city. Therefore, taking a $2-3 cut per hour isn’t such a big deal when you look at the big picture.
Crime and death rates should definitely be on your check list when debating where to live, it is entirely up to an individual and what makes them more comfortable as it is something that needs to be looked at carefully, in which there are both advantages and disadvantages to both places. It is known that in the city there is an alarmingly higher crime rate. Studies demonstrate: the average annual 1993-98 violent crime rate in urban areas was about 74% higher than the rural rate. This is a disadvantage of living in an urban area in the city where crime is a lot more likely to occur to you or someone you know, this may make it uneasy to be comfortable where you live. Something to look at on the positive side is normally you have people around you for most part of your day because there are so many individuals that live in the city. This makes it a little less likely for someone to be able to get away with something without someone seeing the incident. Crime rates are just so much higher because there are a lot more people in the city increasing those chances. Crime rates in the country are at a comfortably low rate and for the simple fact that there is a smaller population. This is an advantage of living in the quiet rural areas in which you will have a more comfortable state of mind knowing murders, rapes, and other horrible crimes are less likely to arise in your hometown.
You would assume that just as crime rates are at low number numbered in the country; deaths from injuries would be as well. Brian Howard of The National Geographic says “For years, people have moved to the country to escape the dangers of big city life.” In this article a study done by researcher Sage Myers and his team says they attempted to classify deaths from injuries “across the rural-urban continuum.” They looked at data on 1,295,919 deaths from injuries in 3,141 U.S. counties from 1999 to 2006. These deaths were caused by car accidents, shootings, falls, drowning, suffocation, and more. The researchers found that the risk of death from injury was 1.22 times higher in the most rural counties, compared with the most urban ones.
Differences between the life in a city and in the country have many different options to weigh out and there is no right answer because it all depends on one’s personal opinion to decide which lifestyle is the best and how you would prefer to live. There is an extraordinary amount of advantages and disadvantages in education/job opportunities, crime/death rates, as well as the environment/lifestyle and the cost of living of the two areas. They are both beautiful places in their own way.
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Howard, B. C. (2013, July 24). Why cities are safer than rural areas: 5 surprising facts. Retrieved March 15, 2018, from https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/07/130724-surprising-facts-cities-safer-rural-areas-injury-deaths/
Palmer, K. (2012, September 18). Why you pay extra to live in the city. Retrieved March 15, 2018, from http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2012/09/18/why-you-pay-extra-to-live-in-the-city
Sauter, M. (2016, January 6). The ten most and least affordable cities to buy a home. Retrieved March 16, 2018, from http://www.foxbusiness.com/investing/2012/04/17/ten-most-and-least-affordable-cities-to-buy-home/