Born and raised in the city, I often wonder how different my life would be had I been raised in the country. 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 the hyperactive lifestyle that a big city has to offer has more benefits. However, others would contend that the calm and peaceful environment of the countryside is much more rewarding. Several people move from the city to a farm to get away from the hustle and bustle. Likewise, farmers have traded in their tractors and animals to live a fast paced city life. Of course, not all large cities are the same nor are all of the places in the country identical. 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. Certainly, both city life and life in the country have their benefits, but they also have distinguishable differences.
Working environments, for instance, vary among people who live in the cities and those in the country. Large cities are exploding with state-of-the-art skyscrapers, high-rise office buildings and banks that block the light of day, creating an oppressive aura of concrete and shadows, yet, jobs for the city man or woman are plentiful. However, city dwellers generally have a commute to downtown areas, sometimes a long, arduous and congested jaunt. Albeit, jobs are more plentiful in a city setting, but the fast paced working environment, traffic and the dim, grassless atmosphere in the city can cause great displeasure. Some would dispute, though, that it would be easier to get another job because the market is higher. Although I agree the job market is greater in the city, likewise, so is the number of prospective job seekers.
Generally speaking, life in the city is more hectic and clamorous. People who live in the city are like bees. They are precipitous and bustling. Because a vast majority of Americans pack themselves into our major cities, there are a lot more activities in the city: shopping malls and restaurants galore, thrift stores, libraries, and concert venues, just to name a few. Obviously, to get the most out of city life, you need to be able to afford it. Living in a large city is often more expensive and it is not always easy to afford to do everything that is available. But, 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 stimulates 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 it looks like you could shake hands with your neighbor through the bedroom windows. You may think that having closer neighbors...