The Pros and Cons of Living in a Rural Area

Recently, there was a mass movement to the cities and suburbs, as more and more people believe that these places have a lot to offer, especially in terms of financial and employment. The city is alive 24/7, so for those who love being restless, who enjoy exploring and discovering the world in just a matter of days, urban is the space they need. While it certainly is true that urban places is home to many opportunities, rural areas also have some major positives that perfect for people who enjoys a laidback life. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of living in the countryside.

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Lower Cost of Living

One of the biggest positives about living in a rural area is the reduced cost of living. The lower costs of living is a huge advantage, as it allows you to save up more money and use it on other aspects of life. Things like housing, amenities, food and groceries, entertainment and nights out are typically much cheaper in rural areas. All of these savings can add up, allowing you to put more towards things that must be prioritized such as
paying for your mortgage or preparing for a retirement. 


Better Privacy

Houses are typically spaced out more in rural areas. Therefore, you have more land to yourself and fewer neighbors to deal with. You can own acres of land in extreme rural areas if you want to have much more privacy, unlike in a city that is jam-packed with residents. Rural living often comes with a lot more freedom and privacy which is a major attraction for those that are free-spirited. 


Availability of Restaurants and Stores

The major cons of living in a rural area is the lack of variety in restaurants and stores. In the city, you have all-day and all night access to just about any store or restaurant imaginable. Almost every large company is present city and there are plenty of local shops to fill in the gaps. Some rural areas may have a few big stores in their area, but they offer limited products. They only offer the most basic needs and shopping options might be limited. In addition, many big restaurant chains likely won’t be in a town, and the area will lack the wide variety of food options, unlike in the city.



The lack of stores and other businesses in rural communities have negative impact in the local economy making rural communities to have a much weaker economies than larger cities. This is why people living in the rural are having a hard time finding job opportunities in their community than in the city and suburbs. Job opportunities in rural areas are very limited and are concentrated in one particular industry, giving less options even for the graduates and professionals.

More relaxed pace of life

Living in the countryside is valued for the sense of peace, refuge and comfort it can provide. Most rural areas feature soothing natural landscapes, wide open fields or green spaces that can help lower stress levels. Not only are rural neighborhoods have fresher and more picturesque environment, but the place is also safer, with less crime, pollution, litter and traffic.


Rural living is indeed ideal for older people, parents raising young families, or simply those who want to live a more secure and health-conscious life, away from the hustle and bustle of the urban life.


Living in the city or in rural has its own pros and cons, and how you would be able to survive in any setting depends on the lifestyle you choose.

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