There has never been more a divide between city and country living. With technology constantly developing and the population increasing, their differences from 20 years ago are now even more enhanced.
The country life has always been considered the less complicated of the two. Due to a smaller population across a larger area rent and goods are cheaper, making it the more affordable lifestyle for a family. It also has the positive of having more greenery, less pollution and open spaces to roam and escape to, something you’ll struggle to find in the city. The pace of life is much slower allowing for a more relaxed approach to daily tasks which has been proven to improve your short term memory and lower your blood pressure.
However, there are the negatives. For example, the lack of convenience. Everything, from doing your weekly shop to meeting up with a friend for a coffee is more effort to do, due to the distance needed to be covered. There are also less opportunities to meet people and you will be much more limited in the careers you will be able to achieve unless you are willing to commit to a daily commute
The city is unarguably the busier life of the two. However, with the area being busier with a higher population this means that there are better travel links, not just the buses and trams across town, but also trains stations and perhaps airports nearby to travel further afar. The city life is also definitely the more convenient of the two, you can get hold of goods and services quickly and easily. Not to mention the fact that it is much easier to meet and stay in contact with people due to the close proximity in which you are all living. There are also better job prospects in larger cities such as Glasgow and London due to the high level of demand for both skilled and unskilled workers in the area. There really is something for everyone.
The cons, however, are obvious. With so many people in such a small area, properties are in high demand, especially in the capital of London. This pushes the prices up, along with deposits and all goods and services included in the cost of living. There is also little chance for a break or escapism, unless you leave the area altogether for a few days. There’s also the issue to consider that with over-crowding comes increased likelihood of pollution, littering and crime, with Birmingham, London and Manchester being considered the most dangerous. All factors that would make this way of life unattractive to an individual.
To summarise the debate, both city and country living have their pros and cons. Which a person chooses, however, is completely subjective depending on what qualities they are looking for in where they want to live. Something like having plenty of open space to roam could be considered a much lower priority than the chance to live somewhere busy and full of opportunity. A positive for one can be a negative for the other, it completely depends what an individual is looking for.