Would you rather live in the country, or a big city?

@mipen2006 (5528)
Australia
July 3, 2009 3:46pm CST
I have been living in a big city in Thailand for the past eleven years, but now have moved to a provincial country town in Victoria, Australia, and loving it. I have always been a city boy, however now I think I'd prefer country living? I especially love the clean fresh air. How about you? Where do you prefer to live?
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@SandraLP (26)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I love living in a smaller town. You always see someone you know, you dont have to worry as much as in the city. It is cleaner and you are not being watched all of the time. And there seems to be less crimes. I would say it is a better place to raise a kid.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
4 Jul 09
My wife and I have just moved here, but already have noticed how friendly the local people are. i don't think it will take long to make friends here.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I don't like cities at all so would never want to live in a large city again. I much prefer a more rural location, like where I am living now (with cows across the street!).
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
4 Jul 09
Hello Ldyjarhead, and thank you for your comments, which incidently are the same thoughts as mine.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
4 Jul 09
I have always lived in the city and although I like it I am not fond of the big busy ones like Melbourne or Sydney. My husband was born and brought up in the country and I love his home town and would not mind retiring there one day. It is a couple of hours away from Melbourne but it is not isolated and the nearest town is 15-20 minutes away; it is a beautiful place. In the meantime I will enjoy Perth not too big, not too small!
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
4 Jul 09
Thank you paula for uour input. Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world, and is like a big country city. My wife and I are living in Bendigo at the moment and really loving it. Country towns sure have come a long way since the fifties when they were seemed so far, and food prices more expensive than the city.
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• India
4 Jul 09
You have asked a very nice question my friend.I am sure this one has crossed our minds very often.My opinion is that the grass is always greener on the other side.I stay in a big city and hence the charm of the countryside is very strong.At the same time if I stay for long at the countryside I am reminded of the conveniences that I can avail of in the city.But given a choice I would leave everything and settle down in a countryside which is full of greenery and offers a lot of adventure and peace,solitude and tranquility.It would be so nice to be closest to nature.Sadly we have our livelihoods to take into account and so have to stay in the city so that we can atleast make some decent money to sustain ourselves.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
4 Jul 09
Hello nikhil_sun, nice of you to drop in and thanks for your input. I lived in big cities for the same reason as you, to earn a living and enjoy the many things that city life offered back then. However, nowadays, our leisuretime activities have changed with IT, so there's not much that you can do in the city that you can't do in the summer, but you can't replace clean fresh air and friendly people.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I rather live in the country but close to big city. I am city person just because I have been in the city for my entire life. I am on city suburbs now, but in the city. I would have to experience country life to know the difference...
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
4 Jul 09
Well, polachicago, with your love of animals, I'm sure tou'd enjoy the country. We are only about 100 Km from Melbourne, but it's just so good living here. My wife was thrilled the other day when she saw five kangaroos grazing not far off the road. We saw more, or possibly the same ones again today.
@ucue2008 (926)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 09
i rather living in the country. city life is totally not me. As I have been grown up in country, the life there is so peaceful and not much of rushy kind of things. Moreover, what I don't like about city life is the house is with no land for you to plant something. I like to have my own yard so that i can plant something, like flowers and fruits and of course vegetables. Moreover, city is too loud and busy and of course costly, so, i really try to avoid that.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
4 Jul 09
You have raised a lot of points favouring country living, and I agree with you. I also think country people are more friendly than city people, and seem more relaxed also. Thanks for your response.
@kykidd (6819)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I go back and forth with it. Of course, I have never lived in a really big city. I have lived by the ocean (but only for 6 months). I was raised in a hollow (or "Hollor" as we call it). I have lived in the middle of a really small town. And on a four lane in a mid-sized town. But never in a really big city. The main thing I believe I would like about it is all of the museums, the subway/free transportation. The fact that you can just walk to the store. But then again, I would miss the country life. I like it when I walk out the door or glance out the window and see a deer, a rabbit, or some other type of animal. So, I can live just about anywhere I guess.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
4 Jul 09
Although I had a few holidays as a kid, this is my first acyually living in a country town, and I really love it. Thanks for your response.