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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.

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 living.

Serenity

The tranquility of living outside the city has no price tag! Walking outside of your house in peace and quiet, no city lights or traffic to disrupt you, and no noise but crickets in the distance – one of the major reasons many choose to move!

Disadvantages

Distance to Important Places

Amenities in rural areas can be hard to access. It can be frustrating, for example, when the nearest hospital is an hour away, especially if there’s an emergency. Going shopping for groceries and household supplies need to be an outing planned for in advance since it can often be the case that the closest store is 20 miles away.

School

If you have school-aged children, living in a rural area and making your way to school each day can be a longer process than usual. The bus ride, for example, might take over an hour each way every day.

Limited Job Opportunities

Job opportunities are limited in rural areas. Unless you are working remotely or leaving your city job to establish a business of farming, poultry, mining, or another flourishing business in rural regions, have a plan for what kind of business you could venture into.
According to Zippia here are the top 10 places that have and continue to increase in population in recent years:

    Small Towns         Percent Increase
  1. Union Park, Florida      24% increase
  2. D’Iberville, Mississippi      21% increase
  3. Converse, Texas      20 % increase
  4. Nocatee, Florida      14% increase
  5. Coldwater, Michigan      14% increase
  6. Fish Hawk, Florida      14% increase
  7. Fate, Texas      13% increase
  8. Prosper, Texas      13% increase
  9. Bluffdale, Utah      11% increase
  10. Florida Ridge, Florida      10% increase

 

According to recent data, an estimated quarter of a million New Yorkers will move upstate for good, while another two million could permanently move out of the state. More than 16,000 New York residents have already relocated to suburban Connecticut. The preliminary figures show New York is also losing citizens to rural New England and Florida in significant numbers.

Cities are emptying out. In March and April, over two million young people moved back home with their parents or grandparents, due to not being able to afford a big city lifestyle with the current income. Big metropolitan areas are suffering economically, and many wonder if small towns are rural regions the next big thing.

A lot of retirees, families, and young professionals are deciding to try their luck starting fresh in more rural areas. Retirees want their peace and quiet, families need more space to raise children without high mortgage rates every month, and young professionals try their luck owning their own business.

Living in a small town has its advantages and disadvantages like anywhere else, but if you’re looking for a slow pace and quiet lifestyle with a lot of backyard space for you and your family to enjoy, then living rurally is ideal for you. Start by researching areas you would like to live in, there are endless beautiful small towns for you to settle down in!

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