Rural places do not offer the same level of choice and in very isolated areas and one might be forced to commute long distances to find even a remote selection of the diversity found in urban centers. Still, despite this lack of choice, there are a number of positive sides to rural living in terms of quality of life. For instance, living in a rural area allows residents to enjoy the natural world more easily instead of having to go to parks. In addition, 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.
These absences of stressors can have a great effect on the overall quality of life and as one researcher notes, “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” (Combs 12). The lack of daily stress found in cities from external factors (traffic, long lines, feeling caged, etc) has much to do with this. 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.
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While there are not as many schools to choose from and sometimes rural schools are not funded as well as some others, children can grow up knowing their classmates and experience the benefits of smaller classrooms. One of the drawbacks to living in a rural area, however, is that unlike urban areas, 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. In general, if there is any statement to be made about the quality of life of rural living, it is that there is a greater ability to connect with people and the landscape. The quality of life in urban areas is similar to that in rural areas in that both involve a high degree of socialization, even if on a cursory level. Where they differ most noticeably is in the availability of choices and diversity, especially when vital factors (healthcare, education, and employment options) are concerned.
Rural life vs Urban life
Nowadays the smaller rural communities are considered to be more sociable and pleasant to live in than larger urban communities. Are these assumptions factual or are they merely based on sentiment? The most important difference can be found by comparing the sociological structure of farm life to the same structure in a city. Larger communities enable all members to have more privacy than in smaller communities, thus a certain sense of “anonymity” arises which in it’s turn allows for less morally accepted behavior, because the level of social control declines to a level where it’s virtually nonexistent. In contrast with the sense of anonymity in cities, there is the small scale rural life where pretty much everyone knows everyone and as such the actions within the community are more visible and controllable than in a city. This explains the difference in mindset of rural and urban people. The scenery in rural areas is considered by many to look better than cities. Where rural areas have farms, lakes, mountains, trees, urban areas have skyscrapers, highways, cars et cetera. At first glance it seems as if rural areas are at an advantage, but that’s not entirely true, rural areas lack the convenience and utilities a more developed area offers, such as stores, firefighters, hospitals, police stations, internet access, proper cell phone coverage et cetera.
Rural areas in general are homogenous in their demographics, where cities are riddled with different ethnicities, subcultures and possibly religions, rural areas are generally less diverse, there’s usually one major religion, one “rural culture” which leaves no room for individual expression and foremost: Rural areas are generally more inclined to worry themselves with the essential things as food, housing and not so much with individual expression, personal development, clothing etc. All in all we can only conclude that it’s not possible to pick a “best” option, whether one prefers the rural life or the urban life is purely a matter of subjectivity. The facilities and convenience in a city surpass the facilities in rural areas by far, but the rural area has a better scenery to offer in return filled with quietness, space and friendly neighbors. The social structure in rural areas pretty much forces it’s members to behave, whereas a city is much more loose and allows for personal expression and individuality. I personally prefer the urban life, because of it’s better facilities, social structure and the ability to develop yourself further than is possibly in rural areas.