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Why Living in the Country Is an Inexpensive Idea

Why Living in the Country Is an Inexpensive Idea
Written by Oana Schneider

One hundred years ago, everyone wanted to migrate from the rural areas towards the urban ones – mostly for economic reasons, but for many other reasons too. As of lately though, the “trend” has started to reverse itself – and more and more people choose to move to the countryside from the city.

Of course, there are a lot of benefits to doing this and you will definitely want to get accustomed with them before you make any decision for you and/or your family. What are the main benefits of living in the country and why would you make such a huge change in your life as well? Read on and find out more.

Living in the Countryside: The Major Benefits

If you are interested in learning more about why living in the country is so great, here are some of the most important things to keep in mind:

1. The silence

There’s no true “silence” when living in the city. Some of the people learn to live with the constant buzz, others hate it deeply and others somehow learn to love it as well. But if you are among those for whom the buzz of the city is nothing but an extra source of stress, you will definitely want to make sure you get as far from it as possible. And the countryside is the perfectly silent place you are searching for.

The silence of living in the countryside cannot be compared to anything. For some of you, this will be almost awkward and odd at first, especially if you have grown accustomed to always hear some kind of noise. Nevertheless though, it is an absolutely blissful thing to experience and it will surely relax your city-stretched nerves.

Why Living in the Country Is an Inexpensive Idea

Nothing Like a Country Road Ride!

2. The air

While pollution is a worldwide problem that has reached even the most remote places on the planet, the truth is that the air in the countryside is always fresher than that in the city. This makes perfect sense, actually, especially when you take into consideration all the cars, all the factories and all the constant “smoke” hovering above (and around) big cities.

Some country air will do your brain, your lungs and your entire body extremely good – and only living there will teach you just how important it is to actually get a mouthful of fresh air every morning you wake up.

3. Room to breathe

If you have always lived in an area where your neighbors where stacked on top of each other (e.g. in a block of flats) or stacked into each other (e.g. in a neighborhood made out of houses), the privacy offered by living in the countryside will amaze you. At first, it will be almost odd to know that the closest neighbors you have are not right there, just one wall away. But as you grow accustomed with this new kind of privacy, you will definitely learn to love it more than anything else.

4. Open spaces

If there’s one thing only living in the countryside means, that’s the open space. Your eyes do not have to be constricted by tall buildings and your feet do not have to turn around every corner to reach their destination. The open space is there, full of possibilities, full of optimism and full of freedom.

Why Living in the Country Is an Inexpensive Idea

Your Kids Will Love Living in the Country!

5. Freedom

Whether we like it or not, we are animals (well, not quite, but still, we are born to live out in the nature and not constricted in cubicles, watching the screens all day long). You may not even realize it just how much your body and your mind crave for pure, unaltered nature – and you will become conscious of how you missed it without even knowing only when you move to the countryside.

Living here will provide you with a completely different outlook on nature, on the relationship between man and nature and on how amazing it can feel to be at balance with the wonders surrounding you from all sides.

6. Better living

Studies show that living in the country side also means that there’s much more safety for you and your children. Criminality rates are much lower in rural areas – and if you got tired of always hearing about a crime happening very close to where you live, moving in the countryside is definitely for you.

7. Friendly people

Really, people living in the countryside are much friendlier than those living in the cities. This may be related to all of the benefits mentioned above, actually. When people are more relaxed, when they feel safer, when they are more “even” with what surrounds them, when they are healthier and when they feel less constricted by the space in which they live, they do tend to be friendlier too – so this actually makes a lot of sense.

8. Being able to produce your own food

While you may not be able to be 100% self-sustained (or at least not from the very beginning), in time, you can actually get to produce your own food – be it vegetables, fruit or livestock (and products “created” by livestock). This will offer you the option to eat much (MUCH) healthier, cheaper and to be genuinely proud of what you have produced as well.

Why Living in the Country Is an Inexpensive Idea

Plus, Fresh Milk!

9. Plenty of things to do

If you are worried that living in the countryside is boring, please reconsider your opinion. There’s nothing boring about living in the countryside – from the fact that each season comes with its agricultural duties to the fact that there are a lot of natural lakes to swim in, plenty of open spaces to play whatever you want in and a lot of opportunities to enjoy trekking and walking in nature as well. There’s nothing boring about the countryside and only living here will teach you just how entertaining it can all be!

10. Being part of a community

Some people say that the city has alienated us – and that’s actually true, in most cases. We rarely feel like truly belonging to a community when we live in the city. At the same time though, living in the countryside can provide you with an amazing sense of being part of a community (which comes with benefits and responsibilities too).

11. It’s a much better alternative for your children

If you have read all the benefits mentioned above, you have probably realized the fact that living in the countryside is genuinely better for your kids. They will be healthier (both physically and psychologically), they will have a more carefree childhood, they will be able to enjoy great food, great people and the special relationship with nature only people in the countryside have.

Obviously, living in the countryside should not be regarded as an idealized thing. It does come with its downfalls (and for some people, these disadvantages are actually hard to accept). At the end of the day though, most people would agree that the country is much better than the city and that they are happy they eventually made the move.

Before deciding on anything, think of the things you may find disadvantageous about living in the country – and balance them out with the benefits of doing this. In the end, only you can decide if this is a good option for you (and/or for your family too)!  

About the author

Oana Schneider

Oana Schneider is a published author located in Chicago, Illinois, who currently works for DontPayFull.com as a communication specialist and blog editor. She writes about lifestyle, family budget, has a degree in Communications and advocates for women’s rights. Her future plans include getting a Labrador and losing a few pounds.

6 Comments

  • I’ve wanted to move further out into the country for years now, but I’m not too good at producing my own food, and my degree is with computer science, so I don’t think I’d get too far without internet.

  • I grew up living on a farm and I have to say it was the best thing ever. I loved the room, fresh air and having so many friendly neighbors not to close though. It was a nice experience. I hope to return to country living someday.

  • I live in a small town where “the country” literally starts at the city limit sign. Not kidding, the smell of cows greets you within 6 feet of the sign. I have lots of friends who live several miles out and there are definitely some benefits, but there are also some drawbacks. Working your land is a LOT of work, worth it for most, but not something to jump into if you don’t know what you are getting yourself into. Not everyone who lives outside the city is a great neighbor. There are people who have been involved in illegal marijuana growing and sales, people who have mean dogs, exotic snakes, bengal cats that tried to attack my friend’s small dog. Like anywhere else, you get people of all kinds.

  • The article makes some good points, and so does DancingLady. I grew up in the city, and now I live in a sort of hybrid suburban/rural neighborhood. We’re not actually rural, but sometimes it’s like the wild west here, even though we are in the city, just on the outskirts.

    I know people who grew up on farms and in other rural areas who feel the chores and daily life they experienced were just too much work for children, and, in the city where I grew up, we played in the streets and backyards, surrounded by a large, welcoming community. So, it really is a matter of perspective, as well as the particular geographical area where you are located. I agree that crime is usually higher in cities, but even that has tentacles reaching way out to the suburban and rural areas, particularly with the prevalence of methamphetamine.

    Even though I grew up in the city, my Dad had a garden out back, as well as a larger one where he worked in the suburbs, so we had plenty of fresh produce. I do agree with the article, that there is a movement toward leaving cities for more rural areas, especially now that internet availability has increased, and people are able to have more flexibility with telecommuting as an option. I used to love the city, but find that as I get older, I prefer less noise, congestion, and traffic. Another positive factor is that many communities that didn’t used to have access to much competition now have larger stores, and between those and the availability of internet shopping, our needs can be met in a variety of localities, rather than having to live in the city.

  • When we first bought our house, about 6 years ago now, we didn’t even think to look into living in the country because of the costs. I thought it would be way out of our price range, but really it wasn’t that bad. We are really regretting not even looking now. The prices really aren’t that bad for the land that you get. Growing your own food and living off your healthier food you can produce is much better for you and your family anyway. You also have more room to do things where the city isn’t on your back. I would definitely put up solar panels to save money, which is banned in some cities. Great tips here!

  • The best part for me is unpolluted air, free of vehicular pollution, industrial smoke and crowds. I get a firsthand chance to see and experience the nature in all its glory. You’ve ample space around and people don’t come in your way and you have a lot of freedom. All these goodies at a down-to-earth price. Why wouldn’t anyone gobble it.

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