The city life may get more headlines, but don’t sleep on the country life.
Across the country, people are starting to discover the many perks of living in less densely populated areas. Plus, the number of people expected to move to rural areas from urban locations may increase in the coming years.
More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the country’s attention from urban cities to smaller communities in rural areas. But this desire among many to relocate to rural areas was already growing among Americans – and for good reason.
So, let’s look at some of the benefits of rural life that are drawing people out of the cities and into small towns across the country.
1. Rural life is generally less stressful
Let’s start off with a few benefits that directly relate to health. First up: There is generally less stress attached to living in smaller communities. And stress contributes to many health issues. It can cause a lot of discomfort both physically and mentally.
Now, we’re not saying there is no stress, but the slower pace of life has a lot to say in decreasing stress. There isn’t as much hectic activity in smaller towns. Fewer people means less noise, less congestion and fewer crowded places.
That quiet life associated with living in rural locations has a lot to do with the lowered stress level.
2. Stronger communities filled with friendlier neighbors
All those people living in the close quarters of the city sometimes leads to a sense of conflict. Somebody is always rushing to one place – and they’re usually in the way of somebody else who is rushing toward an entirely different place.
But in smaller communities, people take the chance to get to know one another and are there for each other in times of need. Those tight-knit bonds many people form in these communities are well-known as a key benefit to living in more rural areas.
Cities, onte other hand, are not always the most welcoming. It’s not that the people here are truly mean or always angry (though you wouldn’t know it by their driving habits, but again, there is simply a faster pace of life that doesn’t always allow for patience and kindness to flourish.
If those strong community connections with neighbors are what you are looking for, then consider moving to a rural area or small town.
3. Access to nature
Living in a city usually means driving fairly far out of the city to find wide open expanses of green space, lakes, rivers, mountains or other features of nature’s beauty to enjoy.
That’s not the case with country living. You have an abundance of access to nature and all of its glory. And did you know that spending time in nature can have health benefits, too? Yep, evidence shows that it can help improve your short term memory and also lower your blood pressure.
4. More privacy
Fewer people means more privacy. And if you value your privacy – being able to truly spread out and enjoy your own space – then country life is the life for you.
Now, you can find an acreage where your next neighbor is a mile or more down the road – that’s up to you. But you don’t have to go completely private, though, and easily relocate to a smaller town so that you still get that regular neighborhood connection.
5. Less crime
Imagine a place where you can let your kids run free out in the backyard while you are able to watch from a window. Or consider a community that you know will also keep an eye out for your kids as they are riding their bikes down the sidewalk or playing a game of basketball in the park.
That vision is more likely a reality if you live in a small town.
Rural areas typically do not see as much crime as larger communities. Usually, this can be attributed to the fact that fewer people live in rural regions. But that makes crimes against both person and property less likely.
6. Not as much pollution
One major drawback of living in a larger city is definitely the pollution.
There are many types of pollution that plague cities, including air, noise and light. These are much less of a concern in areas that are not as densely populated. There are fewer cars filling the air with dirty exhaust, less noise from those cars and the people who drive them, and far less light from the many buildings that light up the night sky – and drown out the stars – in major cities.
There is generally less high concentration of industries that are known for pollution in rural areas, too.
7. Lower cost of living
Living in the countryside – or a small town in the area – likely means there is a considerably lower cost of living. This is actually a popular reason for why people choose to move to rural areas from larger cities in the first place.
Plenty of research shows that people who live in cities will pay more for groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health care and other goods and services than their rural counterparts. According to realtor.com, the biggest difference in cost comes from housing.
8. More likely to own your home
And speaking of housing, you are more likely to own your home if you live in the country than if you live in the city. Again, according to realtor.com, states with higher homeownership rates tend to have more rural than urban communities.
Much of this is related to pricing. Cost of homeownership has been skyrocketing in many large cities – and growing ones, too. Meanwhile, you can easily expect not only to spend less for a house in a small town, but you also are more than likely going to be able to afford more house for less money.
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