There’s been a world-old debate about which is better living in the city or living in the countryside. Everyone feels comfortable in a certain environment. Some prefer to live in the capital of their country, others rather live in smaller cities, there are people who can only live in the countryside and would feel terrible in the crowded city.
The debate might be archaic, but a consensus will never be achieved. People have different preferences and are free to choose where to live. Everyone has their truth and can stick to it.
If you are someone who cannot decide whether to live in a city or in a village, this article offers you an unbiased opinion on the topic.
It contains a comparison between the two, the pros and cons of each, so you can learn the differences and maybe decide where to move.
*For the sake of illustrating the city with all its good and bad sites, we’ll use London as an example.
A BBC article published recently showed talked about a statistic of young people moving to the big cities, London in particular, and older people leaving the big cities in search for peace and quiet, and most of all practicality.
As many people who were asked said that the city is great for when you’re twenty, but when you start thinking about having a family, it’s just not that practical to stay there. House prices are crazy, childcare is expensive, it’s hard to apply anywhere and be accepted because there are too many people applying for child cares, schools, etc.
To be fair, young people move to the large cities and the capital mostly for university and because of the abundance of work opportunities. The country life does not offer that to the young souls looking for career growth and adventures. On the other hand, the city doesn’t offer the space and tranquillity that the countryside offers to a young family with young children. An article in the Guardian shares several personal stories of people who love London and still decided it’s better to move to the countryside and loved their new life there.
What you can afford in the city for a certain amount of money will be approximately two or even three times smaller than what you can afford in the countryside for the same amount of money.
Life in the City
The city offers a lot more amenities than you could ever find in the country. It’s no secret that large cities, London especially, are more developed and offer a wide range of possibilities and cultural experiences that the countryside does not have.
Advantages of Living in the City
- The two main reasons for people to move to the cities are higher education and work.
The endless possibilities attract not only college-aged people from smaller cities or countryside but also people from other countries. London, for example, is the city with the most cultural and religious diversity in the world. People from all over the world have moved to London in search of a better life, better work, better education.
- Other advantages of living in the city are:
Transportation - a variety of public transportation as at the reach of your palm - buses, trains, cabs, the Underground. All have regular timetables and run late at night, and you can reach any end of the city. Also, the roads are better and wider.
Amenities - you’ll hardly find any gourmet restaurants or even a big enough grocery store to buy everything you need from one place in the countryside. Meanwhile, in the city, you can enjoy a diversity of gourmet or more affordable restaurants and cafes, shops. Museums, concerts, galleries, exhibitions, local ethnic shops, etc.
Disadvantages of City Life
Probably the biggest disadvantage of the big cities. Traffic jams on main streets and boulevards. And while this is a precondition for many and diverse acquaintances, often people say they feel more alone.
- The busy lifestyle.
In big cities, life moves at a different, faster pace. This leads to stress, not enough time for relaxation and self-care. Not to mention the pollution - both of air and noise.
- Expensive lifestyle.
Everything is expensive in the big cities, there’s no second opinion about that. House prices, rents, restaurants, shops, transportation, taxes, clothes, food, etc.
However, because it’s a competitive field with so many options in cities, many businesses offer discounts and make regular sales in order to attract customers, so people can take advantage of that.
Life in the Country
To city dwellers and lovers, life in the country may sound tedious at first. However, once the avid city lovers decide to settle down and start a family, the practicality becomes heavier than their love for the city life. Of course, it’s all up to personal choice, however, there are proven benefits of living in the countryside.
Advantages of Living in the Country
- Tranquillity - not only is it quieter there because there are no vehicles, no crowds and no city noises but also life is at a much slower and calmer pace than in the city. The clean air and great scenery are perfect for relieving stress and enjoying a much healthier life. Most, if not all, of the people leaving the big cities for the peace and quietness of the country, have said that there is a huge difference in the community feeling. While such is missing in the city, it’s strong and omnipresent in the country.
- More affordable - as we said earlier, for the price of a tiny flat in London you can afford a house in the country. Life just isn’t as expensive as it is in a giant city. Especially when you can have a garden and grow your own fruits and vegetables if you’re up for the task.
- The Communities - in the country it's much easier to create a friendly and supportive community. This is something that people in the cities often miss.
Disadvantages of Living in the Country
- Lack of career possibilities.
If you have or want a job in the city but prefer to live outside of the urban scenery, you should brace yourself for long, long commutes to work. You might need twice the time to get to work than if you lived in the city.
- Transportation is scarce in most areas.
Aside from the long commute to and from work, you will be pretty much obligated to buy a car. Something which many people in big cities don’t buy because it’s pointless and expensive.
- Fewer things to do in the country.
Not only fewer restaurants and shops, if any, but also no such things like a movie theatre, museums, galleries, clubs, etc.
House Prices in the City vs in the Country
The biggest and most important expense in life is buying a home. Prices vary greatly depending on location, condition, type and size, and amenities near the property.
The official UK gov. site says that “In England, the January data shows on average, house prices have fallen by 1.0% since December 2018. The annual price rise of 1.5% takes the average property value to £244,567.”
By regions the statistics look like this:
Source: Gov. UK
And by property type, it looks like this:
Source: Gov. UK
With the prices in London being higher than the average prices for the country. You can read more about moving to London costs,pros and cons.
Professional Movers for Either Scenario
Whatever you decide to do, move to the city or the countryside, relying on the help of professionals is of paramount importance! For various jobs related to a house move - packing, loading, transporting, unloading and unpacking, your items are better left to professional house movers.
* Disclaimer! Strong Move is a removals service provider, this blog simply provides informational content. This blog does not offer financial or life advice.*