Quick Quiz: Is Rural Living for You?

From City to the Simple Life


Sure, the city has its benefits: urban dwellers rate themselves as healthier, and suburbanites tend to live longer.

But the countryside is the place of low-stress and enjoying life, making it ideal for people who want to take it easy.

That’s not the only reason to prefer the countryside, however. Check out these reasons to choose the countryside over city living.

There’s Less Crime in Rural Areas

Looking for a safe place to raise a family?

Recent crime reports from the FBI showed that violent crime was significantly lower in non-metropolitan counties than in metropolitan cities.

For people raising families or looking for a safe place to retire, you can’t beat the countryside.

If you live on a larger plot of land, it will be harder for criminals to reach your property, and the overall rate of violent crime decreases significantly the further outside of the city you go.

Cost of Living is Lower in Rural Areas

Want a break from sky-high tax rates, food costs and insurance costs?

Move to the countryside!

Because there’s less traffic and lower crime rates in rural areas, car insurance rates for drivers who live in the country are lower.

Food generally costs less in rural areas than in cities, as well, so you can make sure your family gets the high-quality food they deserve.

Tax rates are lower in the country, too. You can rake in that extra money for savings, discretionary purchases or paying off long-standing bills.

Childcare rates are also often lower in the countryside, which is perfect for families who need daycare services so both parents can work.

There’s More Freedom and Privacy in Rural Areas

Owning land provides you with the opportunity to really do you own thing:

  • Plant a large garden and diminish your food costs
  • Have pets! Dogs, horses, cattle, you name it. The countryside has the room.
  • Customize your home and land to your own tastes. Many laws in city areas prevent homeowners from decorating and altering their homes to their own tastes.

You can also have more privacy in the countryside.

City living requires you to be in close quarters with neighbors and the general public. If you want more privacy, rural living is the way to go.

Sleep Better in the Country

The city is notorious for being a place that never sleeps.

There are traffic sounds, noisy neighbors and construction. Add to that the general white noise of city living, and you’ve got a recipe for sleepless nights.

There’s nothing like the silence and serenity of nighttime in the countryside. Not only can you see the stars and enjoy the fresh air; you’ll sleep like a rock.

So until we can realize a truely peaceful blending of the two we believe the rural life is a throwback to the past, but the way of the future!