Why is it Better to Live in the City?

The city or the country, which is better? That's an age old question that's been asked by people ever since cities were first built. Some people already know the answer to that question because they've lived in both places and decided what they like better. I had grown up in a small town in Florida as a teenager and didn't live in any big cities until I was in my 20's, after a family member had convinced me to move in with them. It wasn't until I was in my 30's that I finally moved back into a small town and had to readjust to country living again. I had a really hard time getting used to it and it was much harder for me than it was when I first had to adapt to living in a city. So while everybody has their own preference and experiences, I've found that living in a city is definitely better and what follows are just a few good reasons why I say that.

Things are Closer
When you're living in a city, everything is closer to you. Sure, living in a small town has the benefit of there being lots of open space and clean air, but big cities are just more convenient. The convenience of not having to go far for the things you need can make your day to day life much easier. If your car breaks down and you need food, there will most likely be a grocery store somewhere within walking distance. You can sometimes get everything you need without having to travel further than 1 mile from your home. If you get sick and need to get to a hospital, there will probably be one within a 10 minute drive from your house. In a small town, it could take a half hour or longer to get to the nearest major hospital. So not only is it a convenience, but it can be crucial to your survival in some cases and more beneficial to live in a big city for this reason.

Public Transportation
Small towns rarely have any form of public transportation to get you from point A to point B. This is ironic because you may have to travel further for some things when living in tiny towns out in the middle of nowhere. So when you need public transportation the most, you may not have it and a taxi cab could end up costing you a lot of money. Even if you drive, there will be days every now and then when you'll have car problems and it can greatly disrupt your life. In addition to this, gas costs a lot of money nowadays and car insurance is another unnecessary expense. With public transportation, you can save hundreds of dollars every month and it can sometimes be less stressful for those who hate driving. When I moved back to a small town again, I had taken a plane there and didn't have a car with me anymore. It was a real inconvenience to go grocery shopping or to get a haircut when everything is at least three miles away from where I lived. A taxi cab would cost me a minimum of $10 or more just to go to a regular store and back. In the city, this was never a problem because I could simply walk outside the door to my apartment and catch the bus from there to anywhere in the city for less than $60 per month or $2 per ride.

More Choices
In big cities, you have the luxury of having many different choices in things. When I lived in a small town, it was a big deal when the first Walmart and Mcdonalds came to town. The grand opening for a Target store was the talk of the town because the nearest Target was about a 30 minute drive away. In an urban city, I had my choice of three different Target stores and multiple Walmarts and Mcdonalds. There's fast food places that I loved going to in the city that most people in small towns have never even tried. Having more choices means a higher quality of life in many ways because it can improve your overall attitude. I was in a much better mood when I felt that I had more freedom in the choices I had available to me. This is an underestimated factor in quality of life but can mean all the difference to some people. Once I moved back to a small town, I felt like I no longer had many of the freedoms that I had previously had. I only had two or three fast food places to choose from there, whereas I had over 20 different places when in the city.

Meet More People
The best thing about living in big cities is that you have more opportunities to meet people. The larger the population, the more people you will be in contact with everyday. The more times you do something, the greater your odds become of something happening to you when you do that thing. This is just how odds work and it's also how many people meet new friends or find their lovers in life. For example, in a small town you might only be meeting about 10 new people every month. So in a year, you'll meet maybe 120 new people total. One of those 120 people may be your "soul mate" or future spouse, but it may be the 117th person out of the group. So you meet 116 people and don't fall in love with any of them, but then you meet that 117th person and it's love at first sight. Now imagine if you were meeting 120 people every month, rather than every year. That's a new chance to meet someone that's perfect for you every single month. In other words, the odds of you falling in love or making a new best friend increase with every new person you meet. The more people you meet, the larger those odds increase. A woman may be married to a man only because she can't find a better one and she's waiting to meet someone who she likes more than him. But it's taking forever for her to find a new person because she only meets a few new people every month and few of them fit the criteria that she's looking for. If she met 1,000 new people every day, then chances are that she'll quickly meet someone that she likes better than the man she's married to now.

More Job Opportunities
There's also the chance of finding a different job in a city that you might not find in a smaller place. Cities have more people and usually more businesses, so when looking for a job, you'll have more choices in the types of places you apply to. Sure, you'll have more people to compete again who are also looking for a job just like you, but there's also the opportunity to work jobs that you just can't find in smaller places. For example, when I lived in Los Angeles, the unemployment rate was much higher than when I lived in Hobe Sound, Florida (a tiny town in comparison to LA). I was competing against other applicants in Los Angeles for jobs, but we were competing for the types of jobs that just weren't available in Hobe Sound. In Hobe Sound there weren't many large corporations or places that I could really succeed with and move up from within the company, as most of the local businesses were small mom and pop shops. But in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity of working at thousands of large corporations and companies that had more opportunities to advance and which also paid better.

Cost Of Living Vs Convenience
People often argue that living in a bigger city is much more expensive than living in a small town. This is true in most cases, but they are forgetting about all the other benefits of living in cities that I've covered thus far. Of course things will often be more expensive, because you're paying for a different lifestyle, not just a different location. You're paying for the convenience of having things at your doorstep, having public transportation available if you need it, and having the opportunity to meet more people every month that can improve both your personal life and business life. It's no different than any service you pay for, because you'll almost always end up paying more to live in places where most people want to live. Cities are packed with people because everybody wants to be there to take advantage of all the benefits that small towns just don't have. People are usually willing to pay more taxes to live in a nice country with more amenities and services that are there to help them, and so living in a metropolis or city is no different.

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