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Leaving the Big City for a Small Town

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In the past, living in a big city was a dream and goal for many. In recent years, however, many started trading the hustle and bustle of city life, for a quieter, and slower pace life, by moving out of their 1-bedroom downtown condos for more affordable and bigger spaces in smaller towns.

As COVID-19 continues to change the landscape of the job economy, many are deciding to pack up and move somewhere more affordable and with more space.

A lot of retirees, families, and young professionals are deciding to try their luck starting fresh in more rural areas, the latest moving trends statistics show. Florida is amongst the top states for retirees!

Now, this trend increased in popularity years before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted most of our lives. The cost of living in the city has been increasing for years, leaving many no choice but to put in long hours at work to support the big city lifestyle. With the growing potential to work from home, more and more people that are starting families are looking for a simpler lifestyle, one that involves growing their own fruits and vegetables in the backyard or having more outdoor space for their children and pets.

We’ve outlined the advantages and disadvantages of moving to a rural area, to provide a better feel of small-town living.

Advantages

The Great Outdoors

One of the biggest reasons many decide to leave a large city is the pollution. Once you go outside the city, you can notice a change in the air; it is fresh and clean because there is minimal pollution compared to living in a city. Living outside the city also comes with being in closer proximity to nature, encouraging weekend outdoor adventures and activities.

Better Privacy

Living in a rural area is ideal for those who enjoy their privacy and living far away from neighbors and crowded streets. The countryside is suitable if you seek a tranquil life with minimal interactions in your everyday life.

Larger Homesites

Living in the city or suburbs, you are lucky to have a yard anywhere near 1\2 acre. Rural areas typically offer multiple acres giving you the freedom and the ability to really do what you want with your land. Your pets will definitely be happy campers having all that space to run around and play!

Cheaper Cost of Living

Houses in the city or suburbs are more expensive due to the location and the amenities that are close by. Living rurally, you will find a much bigger house that will be cheaper per square foot, as well as a generally more inexpensive cost of livin