City Life Versus Country Life
Imagine having to choose to reside in one place for the rest of your life. Which would you opt for? Some people would argue that living in a big city has more benefits than that of living in the country. However, there are many people who would argue that the country life is much more rewarding. Several people move from the city to a farm to get away from the hustle and bustle. Likewise, some farmers have traded in their tractors and animals to live a faster paced city life. Of course, not all large cities are identical nor are all of the places in the country the same. Realizing this, ten years ago, I decided to hang up the city life in Indiana to pursue a more laid back approach to life in rural Tennessee. While both city life and life in the country have their benefits, they also have distinguishable differences.
Working environments vary from people who live in the cities and those in the country. City dwellers generally have a commute, sometimes a lengthy, congested jaunt. Jobs are more plentiful in a city setting; however, the fast paced working environment in the city can cause great displeasure. Some would argue, though, that it would be easier to get another job because the market is higher. Although I agree that the market is greater in the city, so is the number of prospective job seekers.
Life in the city is more hectic and clamorous. While a vast majority of Americans pack themselves into our major cities, there are still millions who live outside of the cities. Certainly, there are a lot more activities in the city: shopping malls and restaurants galore, thrift stores, libraries, museums, concert venues, just to name a few. Obviously, to get the most out of city life, you need to be able to afford it. Because there is always something to do in the city, traffic can be grueling. Higher traffic volumes lead to noise and air pollution as well as an irate and eminently tense population. Crowds and traffic stimulate an angry, less friendly, persona.
As a result of greater demand of city dwellers, housing is more expensive. Not only is housing more costly, but the space between neighbors is minimal in the city. I have seen houses in the city so close together that you could shake hands with your neighbor through your bedroom windows. You may think that having closer neighbors may have some benefits, but most city dwellers don’t even know their neighbors name.
Life in the country differs greatly than life in the city. Country nights are quiet and the expansive sky is filled with brilliant stars that seem brighter than those in the city. The clean, evening air is...