A compare and contrast piece on small town living and big city living within the United States.
Making a decision that is right for you and your family can be tough when it comes to where to locate. Though small towns and big cities both have desirable qualities, they each also posses less appealing attributes.
Small towns rarely have a formal public transportation system. This means that more people must own their own vehicles or depend on others for rides. Owning your own vehicle has both positive and negative attributes. Although by owning your own car you are free to travel as you please, you are also required to fill up the tank with costly gasoline and carry automobile insurance.
Big cities almost always have multiple forms of public transportation available. These include taxi cabs, busses, and subway systems. Although there is a cost to use public transportation, in most cases the prices are reasonable. Utilizing public transportation also allows one to help the environment by cutting back individual motor vehicle pollution emissions.
There are very limited local jobs available in small towns. There maybe businesses hiring like grocery stores, gas stations, and fast food chains at different points of the year; however, many businesses have lifelong employees, creating less of an opportunity for job openings. Although there are definite negative aspects to small town employment, there are also positive. This includes a closer commute, working with people you know, and shorter work hours, which allows more time to be spent with family and friends.
Big cities often have multiple places to work. Grocery stores, gas stations, and fast food chains are also present, only in greater numbers. There are also job opportunities that involve special training and higher education creating a chance for higher wages and more promotions such as headquarters for corporations. Working for a large company can have great perks such as better benefit packages then a small town business could offer and the opportunity to meet new and interesting people throughout your employment. Despite these facts, working in larger cities usually means lengthy commutes to work because of traffic issues, less time at home with your family, and more stressful working and living environments.
Many people are attracted to small-town family life. If you are active in town events such as school functions, hometown sports games, fairs and festivals, and local politics, you are likely to see a familiar face. This allows relationships to grow inside and outside of your immediate family.
The population in a big city is going to be larger, giving some people the feeling of being lost or unimportant. With this erratic lifestyle of people constantly on the go, it is less likely you will see your family on a regular basis. For instance, big cities offer tons of activities, and it is easy for one to get involved with too many and miss out on “home time”.
So, Which is Best?
Small town and big city living are very different, but each offering unequivocal positives and negatives. One must decide what his or her priorities are when deciding where to live. Small towns offer few, if any, public transportation options, less opportunities for local jobs, and a tight-knit family life which can encompass the entire town. Alternatively, big cities offer many public transit options, more job opportunities, but less of a “family lifestyle”. Both selections will provide an interesting lifestyle and depending on a person’s personal situation, either could be potentially perfect.