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The Surprising Benefits of Living in a Rural Town

People that have grown up in the city and lived there all their lives would likely turn their nose up at the prospect of moving to a rural area. Most city-dwellers share the opinion that the city is full of life and there’s always something going on, whereas the countryside is boring and there’s nothing there. The truth is, the countryside isn’t all fields and sleepy towns, there are some great places to live out there and city dwellers might be surprised at just how much they like it. It’s not for everybody but if you’re considering a move, here are some of the pros and cons of living in a rural area to help you decide if it’s right for you.


1. It’s Cheaper


This is one of the biggest things that is driving people out of the city and into more rural areas. House prices are shooting up across the board, but more so in cities. That’s why a lot of people are looking for homes for sale in the countryside and commuting into the city for work. The cost of the travel is offset by the cheaper cost of the home so it works out better overall. The general costs of living are often cheaper in rural areas as well because taxes are lower, you spend less money on fuel stuck in traffic jams, and supermarkets are usually cheaper. If you’re struggling with the cost of living in the city, a move to the countryside may be for you.


2. It Can Be Safer


It’s no surprise that the crime rate in big cities is a lot higher than it is in the countryside. You’re more likely to be the victim of a robbery or a mugging, especially if you’re living in a bad neighborhood because you can’t afford to live somewhere safer. However, not all crimes are more likely in the city. When it comes to road safety, the countryside is actually a lot worse than the city. Speed limits are usually lower in the city and there are far more pedestrian crossings etc. Whereas, in the country, there are a lot of blind corners where speed limits aren’t as strict. The fact that there aren’t many people around means that people are a lot more likely to speed in the countryside, or even drive while drunk, so it’s more dangerous than the city.


3. Gossip


One of the best and worst things about living in a small town is that everybody knows each other. On the one hand, it’s nice to be a part of such a close community where everybody knows each other. The only problem is, you don’t get much privacy. Gossip spreads like wildfire and everybody knows everything about everybody. That’s a bit much for some people and they prefer the impersonal relationship they had with their neighbors in the city.


4. Jobs


If you’re a very career driven person, you might struggle in a rural town. On the one hand, there is less competition for jobs so it might be easier to get a position. However, there aren’t anywhere near as many opportunities and big companies won’t operate out of a small rural town. It’s not a problem if you’re going to commute into the city but if you want to work closer to home, the country probably isn’t best for you.


Rural towns aren’t for everybody but there are a lot of surprising benefits that you probably didn’t consider before.  

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