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CITY LIVING VERSUS COUNTRY LIVING

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CITY LIVING VERSUS COUNTRY LIVING
While city life brings many social opportunities, country life can provide the best of both
worlds. Quality of life is one of the central issues to consider in any comparison between
rural versus urban living. While a case can be made for either location as being the best
place to live, it is worthwhile to consider how these two options are similar and different.
Important factors such as the capacity to make general choices, diversity, health, and
employment concerns all influence both sides of the comparison and although each both
rural and urban living offer great benefits, they both have a seemingly equal number of
drawbacks but the advantages of living in the country definitely outweigh the advantages
of living in the city.
CITY LIVING
ADVANTAGES
Parents have a number of choices available for the education of their children and
can often select from a long list of both public and private school districts, which
leads to the potential for better education.
It is also worth noting that urban areas offer residents the possibility to choose
from a range of employment options at any number of companies or
organizations.
Urbanites have better access to choices in healthcare as well and if they suffer
from diseases they have a number of specialists to choose from in their area.
Bigger schools in the city offer more courses for the student to take and also offer
more extracurricular activities.
There are a lot of activities to do in the city. There are more movie theaters,
concerts, professional sporting events, zoos, shopping malls, restaurants and
museums.
Transportation is very accessible in the city. Public transportation, by way of
subways, busses, trams and ferries are easy and cheap ways of getting around.
Easier communication. Science has made the world smaller.
DISADVANTAGES
Although the life expectancy in cities may be higher, pollution (noise and
atmospheric) is an issue that could impact the overall quality of life.
Overpopulation concerns can also contribute to a decrease in the standard of
living.
Public schools are often packed full of students resulting in larger class sizes and
no real teacher student relationship. You would be lucky if your teacher could put
a name to your face.
Greasy foods are common thus increasing health risks

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COUNTRY LIVING
ADVANTAGES
Living in a rural area allows residents to enjoy the natural world more easily
instead of having to go to parks.
People do not have to fight with the daily stresses of urban life such as being
stuck in traffic, dealing with higher rates of crime, and in many cases, paying
higher taxes.
People living in rural and sparsely populated areas are less likely to have mental
health problems than those living in urban areas and may also be less likely to
relapse into depression or mental illness once they have recovered from these in
more densely populated areas.
While there may not be a large number of stores and restaurants to choose from,
those in rural areas have the benefit of land upon which to grow their own food,
which is much healthier.
Although urban populations have large numbers of social networks and
networking opportunities, rural communities offer residents the ability to have
long-lasting and more personal relationships since they encounter the same people
more frequently.
Public schools often do not have many students making class sizes significantly
smaller resulting in a better teacher student relationship; children can grow up
knowing their classmates and experience the benefits of smaller classrooms.
The activities you can do in the country are a lot more fun. They consist of, four
wheeling, boating, horseback riding, camping, having bon fires, taking walks in
the woods and having back yard barbeques.
DISADVANTAGES
Residents do not have the best opportunity to choose from a range of employment
options.
While they can commute to larger towns, this gets expensive and is not as
convenient as working close to their residence.
Poor quality of education in schools. They may lack facilities like gyms and
computer rooms, enough study materials and additional lessons and courses.
There are no companies or factories to offer people jobs/employment and
therefore most dwellers are farmers and have to work hard in the fields to earn a
living.
Those who are lucky to find jobs, have to a problem of commuting since the
infrastructure is not well developed in the country.
Lack of entertainment: There are no cafes or cinemas where people could spend
their free time and socialize with their friends.

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