City or Country?

Where to live - city or country


1. City or Country?

Living in a bustling city can have many advantages. Shops, schools, cinemas and everything else an urban community can offer, are within walking distance. There are some drawbacks to this lifestyle, though. Everybody is in a rush to get things done. Pollution and traffic noise push up stress levels. The cost of living is higher in a city than in the country. However people are paid more for working to compensate for this. In addition, life can be very solitary for people who find it difficult to make friends and have few acquaintances. Vandalism and crime are factors which are rife in cities adding to the many disadvantages.

Many city dwellers dream of living in an idyllic rural setting. This vision may not be realistic. There may be less noise and pollution, but being woken up at 4.30 every morning by your neighbour’s cockerel is just as irritating as being woken up by a blaring car alarm. Tractors and farm machinery are not very quiet either, muck spreading and cattle have a distinct odour too – hardly more pleasant than exhaust fumes. 

Living in the country isn’t stress free either – it is as easy to be lonely in the country as it is in the city. Then there is the cash situation. It may be cheaper to live in a rural setting but the wages are a lot lower too.

All in all, there doesn’t seem to be much difference – life is still a struggle.

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