Do you live in the city, the country or the suburbs?

United States
June 1, 2008 7:17am CST
I wasn't sure what discussion area this belongs in, but I'm curious what kind of place you live in. I'm NOT asking your specific location but just whether you live in a rural, urban or suburban area. Do you like the area you live in? Is it crowded or are there very few people there? Are you happy with it or would you rather live in a different type of area. Like you live in the city but would rather live in the country? For example, I grew up in the country, and at the time, I hated it with a passion. Now, I live in a more suburban area, and wish I lived back in the country again. It's like I didn't appreciate it as a kid. I'm glad for my "city" experiences, though. I wouldn't trade them for anything. I'm looking forward to your answers! Thanks! :)
4 people like this
23 responses
• United States
1 Jun 08
Well, I grew up in a small, quite, suburban area of a very large metropolitan area. So it was very much half country, half city. It has grown very much since I've moved away... I miss it a lot, everything about it in fact. My hometown was perfect, but I took it for granted as well. I never "hated" where I grew up, I just never knew how lucky I was to be living in such a great place until I moved away and acquired the basis for comparison. That's the way it usually goes though, I think. :sigh: Congratulations lissvalerian, you've successfully put me in a very nostalgic mood. The area I live in currently is by the beach - that's a definite plus. It's an older town though, so not too many people altogether. Pretty "happenin" around spring break time... It's alright.....not home, though.
2 people like this
• United States
2 Jun 08
Nostalgic is a good feeling, right? I know what you mean though about taking things for granted. The place I grew up wasn't exactly perfect, but there were certainly things about it that I took for granted and that I wouldn't mind having in close proximity again. Living by the beach sounds nice. I live in South Florida, so technically everything is by the beach, though I do live inland from the beach, it's just a few minutes drive ... Hope I didn't make you homesick though, that wasn't my intention! Peace
• United States
2 Jun 08
I'm in Florida too, actually, on the panhandle though. Let me rephrase that for a second, I live in Florida, but am currently living out of a hotel in New York - work-related. Very interesting. How is the weather in south Florida? Nothing to complain about I imagine... I think I'm always a small degree of homesick. So, no worries.
1 person likes this
@tessah (6621)
• United States
1 Jun 08
i grew up at the end of a dirt road literally out in the sticks lol i moved away frommy parents into the city when i wsa 16.. and stayed there for a good 15 years.. now i have my own home back in a country setting, but no dirt roads and it isnt an hour walk to get to a store LOL i love where i am.. and wouldnt trade it for anything. between the sticks, concrete, and grassy-woodsey area im in now.. gimme grassy-woodsey anyday!!
1 person likes this
• United States
1 Jun 08
Grassy-woodsey sounds perfect! I'm envious! :) I know about growing up on dirt roads, yeah. They've since paved those roads where I grew up, but it's still "the boonies" or whatever you call it. When I moved into the community where I'm at now, I thot it was the greatest thing, but I'm so over "planned communities" now. Home Owners Associations are just awful and seem to have some of the most mean spirited people on their boards. There is a lady who walks up and down the community and goes to the HOA meetings with a laundry list of who has broken what ridiculous little rules. I got fined because I hadn't cleared away some of the palm fronds that had wilted. Some of the rules are petty. Some make sense, but some are just downright petty. I am looking forward to the day when I can move to my own little "grassy-woodsey" area that isn't locked down under some crazy suburban deed restrictions. Enjoy your little bit of country! It sounds great! :)
@tessah (6621)
• United States
1 Jun 08
ive got an acre of my own.. theres 90 acres behind me of just woods thats used as a llama boarding place (lived her ten years.. have yet to see a llama!!) neighbors are at a decent distance cept for the "cravitts`" right nex door.. and theyre horrible people but im hoping theyll put their house back up for sale.. cause imma buy it and get em the heck out of there LOL sides, the land theyre on used to belong to my husbands family.. and i want it back in the clan where it belongs ..;nod nod;..
1 person likes this
@vessel (6)
• Bulgaria
2 Jun 08
Heh what a question, i live in a city, in a building with 13 floors and i live on the top, the whole city is in my legs :). Saturdays and Sundays i go to my villa near the Black Sea, there i rest from the hard work during the week. I like to live on the top because i see everything that happens in my town, i even can see the upcoming storm or whatever comes in the sky.
1 person likes this
• United States
2 Jun 08
You liked that question? :-) i'm always fascinated by the different kinds of places people live. Very cool, so you like live on the top? As in a top floor apartment, a top floor condo, you own the whole top floor, or what? Either way, it sounds very very cool. Nice way to see the world, very cool perspective. Once I lived in an apartment in a 16 story tower (well, it was a dorm room, but you get the idea), that was pretty tall. I worked in a building that had like 8 or 9 floors and had a nice view out over the ocean, that was in Fort Lauderdale. There is something about being able to look down and check out what everyone is doing, it's definitely an interesting perspective. Sounds nice though that you can get away from the city on the weekends at least and get yet another perspective. Very cool, excellent! :)
@Anne18 (11036)
2 Jun 08
We live in a small town in the countryside. We moved here about 9 years ago and it has been the best move that we ever made. Before that we lived in the city, its was so noisy, car smoke etc. I grew up on the outskirts of the city. We moved out of the city as we wanted to buy a house and we couldn't afford a house in the city or on the outskirts of the city, so we moved to the nearest place to the city 30 miles away to buy our first house. I love it here nad hate having to go to the city, so don't go very often,
1 person likes this
@scrawl (374)
• India
2 Jun 08
Living in the country has its own benefits.... envy you !!
1 person likes this
@fritzie (141)
• Philippines
2 Jun 08
I live in front of a beach. I moved here few years ago, I was just vacationing here actually and came to like it then moved in here with my partner. I love the surrounding though some people are not nice or just simply civil to you when you meet outside but I like the place. It's not for keeps though but the beach and the sand are better than the others. My partner is planning to move out someday but for now, we're kind of enjoying everything here.. I've lived in a city area where beach is kilometers or miles away, Most of my years, I've spent it with building around me. So now, I'm enjoying this -- the water, the sand and my bikinis. :)
1 person likes this
• United States
2 Jun 08
I'm jealous! :-) My partner loves the beach and does a lot of surfing so whereever we end up, we're going to be somewhat near a beach. The closer the better - though I want my yard and garden. Not sure if thats possible. Sounds awesome though, even though it sounds like you're having to put up with some not nice people. Whats that bumper sticker "mean people suck" - yeah, I just don't like rude people. But hey, you can go to the beach and forget all about them! :-) Enjoy!
@jyjnl_jia (430)
• China
2 Jun 08
I live in the city of Nanjing,which is one of the most largest city in China.There are about 8 million people here.So it is much crowded and the environment is little bad.But i have to live here because of my job.One day in the future i want to buy my own house out of city which is more healthy for me.And i can own a large yard and garden.It is great.What do you think?lol
1 person likes this
• United States
2 Jun 08
Very cool! I had to go look it up! Your city has quite a history! It must be so interesting to be in a place that can on the one hand be so modern, yet on the other so rooted in such rich history. Amazing! I know what you mean though about wanting to live somewhere thats healthier - Cities are so polluted, with industry and such, it's nice to get out in the country where you can enjoy the outdoors more. It seems to be a common theme I'm seeing. :-) Good luck!
@kingcrapper (1538)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I actually grew up in a small town and it was pretty cool because we could ride around on our bikes without worry and there were plenty of places to go. I have moved several times but have always lived in a suburb area. Larger lots, well maintained yards. Right now I live on the edge of a golf course so it is a pretty quiet area. I can't imagine living in the city: step outside your building and walk three blocks the theatre or taxi to the museum. Weird. Have you ever lived in a major city before?
• United States
1 Jun 08
I've lived deep in the country, on a farm, with goats, pigs, cows, chickens, the whole deal, where we had to ride our bikes a few miles just to get to a small country store - you know the kind, where the old people sit outside in their overalls and just hung out there. Kinda scary, I always thought that area was like 50 years behind the times. I've also lived in small towns where I could ride my bike across town in less than 15 minutes. I've lived just on the outskirts of a major city (a couple of them), in apartment complexes, where, just as soon as you pull out of the apartment complex, another turn and you're on some major street, and could drive downtown without too much trouble, but I've never lived "down town" or anything like that. I've always thought that would be cool. I've since moved to a more suburban area, so I finally have a *small* back yard, nothing like what I grew up with, but at least I can get outside and it actually seems like a real "outside" with grass and trees and stuff and not just concrete and asphalt.
@jimbelle (485)
• Philippines
2 Jun 08
I live in the city because of my work. I would really prefer to live in the country side where it is peaceful and life seems simpler and closer to nature.
1 person likes this
• China
2 Jun 08
now i living a city,the city life too fast,I don't customary its rhythm,I feel than tired.
1 person likes this
• Australia
2 Jun 08
I live in suburbia. I love being close to everything but without the huge crowds of urban living. I think when I retire I'd like to move somewhere more rural though. A quieter life would be lovely. From 1995-1998 I lived in Adelaide, South Australia and absolutely loved it. Even though it's the state capital it's like living in a glorified country town compared to Melbourne (where I've lived most of the rest of my life). It was lovely, a lot more easy going and friendly... Maybe I'll retire there instead of going rural. One of the advantages too is that real estate is cheaper there.
1 person likes this
@lizardgod (444)
• United States
2 Jun 08
I live in a town, what most would call their city, but I am from arkansas and most "cities" around here might as well be rural areas anyhow. I wish I lived in a bigger area because I am always looking for new activites and their are so few, hell their are none that I havn't tried in this area. I have to travel, which is fun, in order to find something new.
1 person likes this
@pandaq (1)
• China
2 Jun 08
I like to live in city, someone may be disgust cityis dry air, nosie, traffic jam and so on. I love buildings, shops, every interesting things in city. More important, I enjoy city's life style. Sometimes we can't choose, sometimes you have chances to choose, whatever I choose but I just kown that'C'est la vie'.
1 person likes this
@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Jun 08
I guess you would say I live in the suberbs as the city line goes through the circle k about a half block away. we have to call the county sheriff instead of tustin police if we have any problems. but our address is in Tustin. we are about threefourths of a mile from downtownTustin. lol
1 person likes this
@Timothy31 (649)
• United States
2 Jun 08
We have always lived in the suburbs, either in a house or an apartment.
1 person likes this
@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
2 Jun 08
Right now I am living in a city, the most famous city in our country. I lived here for my work. But we also have our house in the rural area which is our permanent address or my place of birth. We usually goes home on holidays, or a once in a month visit. When i retire in my work I might stay there in the province. But right now I like my life in the city.
• United States
2 Jun 08
I grew up in the City ( Springfield Ohio) , I now live in the country in West Virginia , OMG I hate it , I loved it when We moved here 7 years ago , Such a long drive to town and terrible to get over the moutains in the winter , I would so much rather live in the city !
• United States
2 Jun 08
Bagumbayan - Thats cool that you have both though that you can go back to. I've certainly enjoyed my time living in the city, but I've definitely grown an appreciation for the country. But then again, theres country and then theres COUNTRY and then theres West Virginia. WOW. I'm from eastern Ky, and grew up not all that far away from WVa. Lets put it this way, I'm glad I live in South Florida now. When I say that I want to get back to the country, what I mean is that I want to be somewhere not so far away from the city that I can't drive in, and I certainly don't want to have to drive over the mountains, especially the kind that shut down in the winter when the snow is really bad. I think I'm gonna have to stick with south florida weather type conditions, because since moving here I've grown allergic to snow. BUT - I do want something a little more rural, but NOT "backwoods" ... wow.
@07Aknox (72)
• Portugal
3 Jun 08
I live in the city, i actually like the place where i live because of waht i have around me, pretty much everything i need, my car is usually alwyas int he same spot because i can just walk to those places. However i wish i livedwhere my grandmom lives, it's not a beach house but it's 1 minute away and i really like the place, it has a whole range of activities and places you don't find in the city, it's a different kind of life, but i would much rather live away fom massive populational areas.
• United States
4 Jun 08
I think for the most part that seems to be the overwhelming answer. While everyone seems to enjoy the conveniences of being in or near a city, they seem to prefer living away from large populations. I've lived in some cities where I could walk nearly everywhere I needed to, or take a bus. Now that I live in the suburbs it's a little bit further, so I need to drive more. I live not so far from the beach (being in south florida and all), so it's nice to be able to go to the beach on the weekends. :)
@Samanthavv (1386)
• United States
2 Jun 08
I live in rural Alaska. It sucks sometimes, but it's awesome at the same time. Lots of privacy, seclusion, stuff of that sort. Not to mention the weather isn't very terrible except for two weeks in the winter. I love it here. I don't think I could ever leave it.
• United States
2 Jun 08
Rural Alaska sounds interesting. I'd have to say that my ownly real "exposure" to the idea of rural Alaska is the TV series "Northern Exposure" - which of course, was filmed in Roslyn, Washington. Not sure thats a very accurate depiction - well, we all know how accurate tv portrayals of things can be. It sounds really interesting though! As I live in South Florida, I can't help but wonder what the significant climate difference is. All I can think is, it's gotta be a heck of a lot COLDER. :-) Peace
• Canada
2 Jun 08
I live in the suburbs. It's not really crowded here. Always lived in the suburbs. But I'd rather live more in the city as it seems more interesting.
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
31 May 11
I have always been a country girl by heart. It is so nice to grow up in a country side. When I will retire I want to come back to the country side and spend the rest of my remaining life there living in a farm. But currently I prefer to live in the suburbs where I can get the best of both the rural and urban life. In suburbs you get to experience clean living with fresh air and the laid back lifestyle of a rural life. You get to personally know your neighbors. It is very conducive for a child to grow in a suburb where he can play with the other children in the neighborhood and not worry about pollution. Prices of houses are even cheaper than those offered in the city. What is good living in a suburb is that it is just near the comforts of the city. You can always experience the city life and it is always near to the best schools in the country. Plus there are more employment choices here. Basically you get the best of both worlds living in a suburb.
• India
7 Jun 08
I live in the city:) A nice posh colony of the capital of my country..INDIA