in a big city is overrated – ask anyone who’s moved to a small
town. I moved all the way from New York City to the gorgeous
countryside of Ontario, and have never been happier. Whether you want
to slow down the pace and get rid of the bustle, or raise your kids
in a better area, there are ton of benefits. Here’s why to downsize
your living situation.
The small the population is, the better the sense of community is. In
big cities, it’s easy to feel isolated, but in a town, your
community will rally together especially in the face of a crisis.
It’s like one big family!
Because light pollution the city is terrible, and stargazing at night
is the best form of entertainment. Best of all, it’s free!
There’s nothing like fresh country air. As soon as you’ve
experienced it, going back to the city seems impossibly stuffy and
stinky – especially in the summertime. Fumes and smog really don’t
compare to blossoms and country air.
A big downfall of living in the city is never being able to find
parking, and the torture of waiting in traffic for what seems like
infinity. Small towns don’t really face this issue, and your
grocery store will always have plenty of parking. Goodbye, road rage!
There’s just a simple aspect to living in a smaller community. Tons
of restaurants, nightclubs, and malls aren’t competing for your
attention. You get to go back to your roots and enjoy more meaningful
activities like baking, woodwork, or hiking with your dog. Quality
time over mindless time, right?
The beautiful quiet is so peaceful, especially when compared to the
constant honking, shouting, and sirens of the city. It’s a constant
background noise you get used to, but feels kind of traumatic if you
ever leave it and then return.
Being in the country presents you with nature’s greatest gifts and
encourages people to actually spend time with each others as opposed
to glued to their phones or wasting money on useless things. Small
town families also love doing activities with each other instead of
adults only going out and leaving kids with a sitter.
If you’re ever in trouble or any danger, a neighbor will know and
come to assist you much quicker than any of your city neighbors
would. They know where you walk the dog, what car you drive, and when
your kids go to soccer practice. Sure, the downside of this is a
little nosiness, but isn’t it worth the safety of you and your
There’s statistically less crime than there is in a bigger city. It
might not disappear and this definitely depends on the town, but the
chances that you’ll be the victim of a crime drop when you become a
member of a small town.
Talking to strangers feels a lot less awkward. If you talk to someone
random in a big city, chances are they’ll think you’re a serial
killer or at the least, a complete weirdo. Living in the same small
space gives you a ton in common already!
Sunday is a proper day of rest. In most small towns, stores are
closed, and people go over to a friend or family member’s house for
a home cooked meal or to watch the game. Also, naps. Naps are very
12. Living in a small town can often mean lower property taxes, and generally lower costs of living, which allows you to save money for your future dreams and goals.