Living In The City Vs Suburbs – Pros and Cons
Choosing a place to live is a decision that is easier said than done. You cannot just choose a place and start living there. Sure, you are more than welcome to make that decision. However, choosing a place to live has many more dynamics involved than just actually just deciding a place to move into.
There are many things you must take into consideration. There are many personal preferences you must take into account. After you have taken all of these things into account, only then you will be able to make the decision.
These things may include your preference to live in the centre of activity or your preference to reside in a more calmer place like the suburbs or a small town. All kinds of living environments have their pros and cons – a small town may be better than a large city or living in an urban happening area might have its advantages over the suburbs. It all depends mainly on personal preferences and the type of environment you WILL like to live in.
You may have been happily living in a remote or a small town or you might be loving all about the city life. Or you might not have tried either and would like to move to a location that fits you best. But before you do, I would like to highlight some factors you must take into account before making the decision to move somewhere.
#1 – Practicality
Where you choose to live is a matter of personal choice. However, have you thought about it practically? What I mean is that if you work in the city and have to travel back and forth for work from the suburbs, is the travel cost justified? Another aspect of travelling this much is whether you actually want to be travelling this much with the traffic getting an exponential increase each day.
In the end what matters is what suits you best and it’s up to you to decide what is the best fit for you. But if you are trying to relocate to a small suburb in the outskirts of a big city or want to move back to a big city – there are some practical questions you should ask yourself before making the decision.
#2 – Small Community vs Big City Anonymity
If you decide to live as part of a small community, you have to consider that people are going to talk. Let’s say, you live in a small town that has a population ranging around 30,000, any gossip, information or gossip is going to spread very fast.
In small communities, everybody knows everybody or are somehow acquainted. So in a community like this, there is no slipping through the cracks. This a pro and a con at the same time. At one hand living in a small town will make you part of a vibrant and strong community while at the same time, people are going to talk. Even though it’s not that bad of a thing but when people talk, there is a great chance that other people will get a wrong idea about you.
#3 – Cost Of Living and Opportunity
What we have seen in the movies and even experienced in real life is that people are always looking for new opportunities. And to pursue these opportunities, people often move to big cities in search of employment or to establish a business.
Sure big cities have more opportunities but in a trade-off situation, all other necessities of life are going to be much more expensive. From the cost of living to every single meal of your day is going to be more expensive.
You have to pay more money for taxes, more money for fuel, more money for owning a property – even the vehicles are expensive. Let me give you an example, in a place like Los Angeles – your cost of fuel will be over $3/litre.
On the other hand in a remote town or a small hamlet, your buying power is increased significantly. Goods will be cheaper, gas will be cheaper – all in all, your cost of living goes down if you are living in a small town.
Now, this does not mean that you should pick up all your stuff and move to a remote location like Alaska. Because living in such a place is always going to be expensive. Why? Because getting everything you need and making it available to you is going to have its own cost which is going to be part of your overall expense.
#4 – Entertainment
Some small towns have this one specific thing about them which is their claim to fame. But in general, big cities are where you want to be if you want to consider entertainment. A big city will have more dining establishments, theatres, cinemas, and amusement parks – a variety of entertainment choices you will always have at your disposal.
On the other hand, a small town will have nothing like that. They will have their own fair share of entertainment opportunities but nothing in comparison to a big city. Plus living in a city gives you a nightlife while a small town may have some opportunities but nothing you can do on a daily basis.
Summing It Up
Living in the city or a suburb, or a small town has its advantages and disadvantages. You have to weigh in your options on both sides and choose what favours you best. Now what might be suitable for you may not be the best fit for someone else.
However, you should approach this matter with a more open mind and consider all of the options that are available to you. Once you have taken everything into account you can then make an informed choice – one which you and your family are both comfortable with.
But what if you cannot still decide?
When you take everything into account and assess all your options, you might be leading towards something. If you’re not sure, you can always try and get a place for rent for a short while to see if it’s the right fit for you.
I hope this blog is able to give you an insightful view and if it still has not, feel free to shoot me a question in the comment section below. In the meanwhile – Good luck in deciding a place to live.