City Life vs. Small Town Life

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Living in a city and living in a small town have both advantages and disadvantages. It is believed that someone’s personality is influenced by the place where they live. Living in a city involves having a fast-paced life, while living in a small town usually slows things down and gives people a stronger sense of calm.

While cities and small towns are extremely different, their inhabitants have to go trough the same drill everyday in order to be content: work, socialize and aim towards forming or maintaining a family.

An urban environment, as proved by recent studies, impairs our basic mental process. Being surrounded by unnatural surroundings takes a toll on our mental and physical wellbeing. “After spending a few minutes on a crowded city street, the brain is less able to hold things in memory, and suffers from reduced self-control.” (Lehrer, 2009)

Living in a small town, on the other hand, is less stressful than life in the metropolis. In addition to the clean, fresh air and the lack of pollution, everyone is going at a slower pace; which results in fewer health complications, lower blood pressure levels and improved health.

The amount of strangers striding down the streets, the large number of tourists, the overpopulation: these characteristics of city living tend to give their people an individualistic attitude, as opposed to the closeness and friendliness experienced by people who live in small towns and must collaborate to make progress as a community.

Living countryside, though, is not as easy as it seems. People have to endure driving long distances to work, and employment opportunities are much more limited than in big cities. People generally earn less money and usually have to own a car and a house due to limited transportation and housing options.

Similarly, living in the city, can be tough on people. Competitiveness in the city is very common and workers fight to keep their jobs. Life in the “concrete jungle” presents a much...
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