Given a choice, do you prefer to live in city or countryside?

@scheng1 (24716)
Singapore
June 6, 2009 8:10am CST
Living in city has many advantages. Shopping is easier. Amenities are nearer home, in many instances, within walking distances or a short bus ride. However, the cost of a small apartment in city is also very high. Plus the fact that city is noisy place, with pollution problem. Life in countryside is more peaceful. The house is big, the garden is big. However, schools are miles away. Shops and amenities are far away too, hardly any amenity within walking distance. Jobs are limited. Working means long commute. If given a choice, do you prefer to live in city or countryside? Do you think having an apartment in the city, and a weekend house in the countryside is a practical solution?
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@hanah87 (1835)
• Malaysia
6 Jun 09
I prefer city than countryside or village.I can get something or buy something easier.It also easy to get work at city than countryside.I will buy double terrace house one day because i like my own house not like apartmen or flat house.We must share it with other people even we buy it one.
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@zhdy89 (303)
• China
6 Jun 09
I prefer to live in city,not countryside or villages.City fll of life facilities,the children go to school very conveninent.After dinner,I like to take my son walking in the streets,the city is very beatiful at night.
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi hanah and zhdy, I agree that city is convenient. I live in Singapore, the whole country is considered a city, so there is no choice of living in countryside. So used to having everything within walking distance, or a short ride. And with the 24 hours shopping and eateries, it's so convenient
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• Philippines
6 Jun 09
yes I agree with you that living in the city is more convenient, specially if you have a good paying job,for me if I really want to have a relax life, I will choose the countryside, no hassle and stress, but for now I guess I have to settle here in the city.
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi Iamcapricorn, I don't think living in countryside is completely "no hassle and stress". I mean if you run out of a packet of salt, and you have to drive twenty minutes just to buy that packet of salt! That is not really no hassle. I agree about the no stress (for retirees living in countryside), after all, no more car honkings, no more traffic jam, no more pollution.
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@Jemina (5779)
7 Jun 09
I live in a city that is not so urban which I think is perfect. It's a city but surrounded with huge trees, parks everywhere, farms all around, and broads. It's a small city and every place is just within a walking distance from my house--actually the city center is about 10-15 minutes walk from my house. But if it were a big city I would prefer to live just outside it and not far from it, somewhere like 10-15 minutes by bus.
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@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi Jemina, I wonder why most big cities do not have trees and flowers. I love cities with trees, flowers, and birds flying around. I think if you live near the big city, you will not find the journey to be just 10 to 15 minutes by bus, most cities have terrible traffic jam, 10 to 15 minutes just stuck in the traffic jam is a more realistic scenario.
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@Jemina (5779)
7 Jun 09
You are absolutely right. Big cities do tend to be more complicated. When I was in Bangkok I lived near the outskirt but luckily my workplace was just 12 minutes by walk and a superstore next door. But traffic jam was a real pain in the @$$. Good thing there was a river taxi just a few minutes walk from my apartment but the water was also polluted. At least there was no traffic jam and what would take an hour to go by bus only takes half an hour by boat.
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi Jemina, at least you are an expat in Thailand, so you do not need to face the same kind of traffic jam that those Thais are facing every day. I had been to Bangkok a few times, hate the place so much. Can you imagine, there is traffic jam at 3 am in the morning? Can't think why anyone would want to drive out to cause traffic jam at that crazy hours. Our plane landed after midnight, and the coach was stuck in the traffic jam before reaching the hotel. And he missed a turn, so had to drive on till the next turning, and traffic jam all the way! I hate Bangkok. It is a city without any design to the road system.
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@pengbubu (1015)
• China
6 Jun 09
I like live in the city better, I come from countryside. I can't say I don't like it, it also have some advantages, like the countryside is quiet, but I love the city better, because it's convenient living here. Even through I can't afford a house right now, but I think I will in the future. It's noise but I love it. Haha! If I am rich enough, then your attitude is acceptable.
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@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi Pengbubu, which city are you staying now? I know that the property price in Shanghai and Guangzhou (Shenzhen) is spiralling out of control. I don't think anyone can afford them on a single salary. City is convenient, even though noisy and polluted. Anyway the house in the countryside is still cheap, maybe you can earn in city, and retire in countryside.
@pengbubu (1015)
• China
14 Jun 09
Oh, right now I am living in Shenzhen, I came here last year after graduating from school. It's really a good place, it's convenient living here, I love it very much. The property price here is do out of control, it's really high for most of us, most salaried person. And also I think it's impossible for me to afford an apartment these years, because I am not paid well by my current job, and also I come from countryside, my family is not rich. Whatever, I am work for it, and I think I will have one in the future. Haha! Let work hard for it! Best wishes for you, Scheng1.
@vicky30 (4773)
• India
2 Jul 09
right now i am living in the city.But i prefer to live in the countryside.I miss the nature.I miss the calm and peaceful environment.I miss the different varieties of birds and animals i can see.I miss the fruit bearing trees that grow in that area.I miss the long and interesting train rides to reach that place.There would be few shops over there.It will keep me away from sound and pollution.
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
3 Jul 09
Hi Vicky, relax and enjoy the facilities in the city. Once you start to live in the countryside again, you will miss the convenience of the city, even though nobody will miss the pollution and the noise. At least the Singapore government plants a lot of trees in the cities, and a lot of flowers too. At least we dont feel so stressed, when the flowers are blooming. I think many cities should have more trees and flowers, to reduce the noise and dust
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
24 Jun 09
I am suburban girl myself, and that suits me just fine. I get the best of both worlds, but if I had to choose between city or country I would choose the country. I would never want to live in the city. I know people who live in the city, and they have trouble finding places to park their car every night, and sometimes have to park a block away from their home, that is just crazy. Plus I can't stand the bumper to bumper traffic and the way the houses are so close together. I like big yards, privacy, and lots of space.
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
25 Jun 09
Hi Ladym, you are right about the stupid parking problem in city. At least in Singapore, there are many multi storeys carpark in housing estate, so car parking is not a problem, but going to work is a nightmare. I think only small cities have houses, most big cities have more high rise apartments than houses. Living in high rise apartments are worse than living in houses near to each other, since the noise comes from below, above, left, right, opposite, and back. If those kids above you run about, and play with balls or marbles, you can really go mad!
@fasyahime (634)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 09
well if i have money,i would buy a condo in the city and country house at countryside to relax in weekend!but,since i don't have enough money,i prefer to live in the city where everything is easy to get here despite the high risk of crime.although countryside is peaceful but it will slowly become very boring and frustrating!
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
10 Jun 09
Hi Fasyahime, I think the crime rate in Malaysia has escalated for the past few years. Heard so many horror stories about motorists snatching handbags from the ladies walking on the pavement. Hope the government can reduce the crime rate, and make the country safer for everyone.
@maximax8 (29129)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun 09
I prefer to live in the countryside than the city because it is peaceful. I like to see green fields and lots of open space. I find it relaxing to hear the birds singing. Having two dogs living in the countryside is great because of the variety of walks. I think that the city would be a noisy place to live. Many cars and lots of people would make it crowded. I love to live near the sea because I am very keen on beaches. Where I live now is wonderful because I am on the edge of a coastal town. The beach is just four miles away and my home overlooks a river with fields beyond. There is a city just twenty miles away. I have a supermarket within walking distance. I think that living in a city during the week and going to a country cottage or a beach house would be a lovely solution. I know commuting to London every day was tiring and expensive when I did that.
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@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
9 Jun 09
Hi Maximax, I envy you for living in such a lovely place, and so near to the supermarket. The beach is not that far away too! Since you live in such a dream land, I doubt you can get use to life in London. The noise and pollution are two factors that city folks hate, but learn to tolerate. Glad that you find a home close to your heart. Hope you can enjoy life to the full everyday.
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• United States
8 Jun 09
I grew up in the country in Alabama and I would rather live in the country than any other place. I do not like the city. I love the country air, the trees, gardens, flowers. I would love for my grand daughter to live in the country and have a horse and goats and dogs and cats. She loves animals. Wonderful discussion. happy mylotting.
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
8 Jun 09
Hi Sweetbabyjane, you are really a country girl. I wonder how is the employment opportunity in the countryside? Most young people like to go to city for better job opportunities. I have never imagined life with horse, goats, dogs and cats living with me. Tropical fish and hamsters were the only pets I ever had.
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@balasri (26549)
• India
7 Jun 09
I would like to live in a quiet peaceful serene country side without pollution and din and with all the amenities and conveniences available in the cities.
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@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi Balasri, most people share your sentiment for life in the countryside. They like the peace and serenity of the countryside, but it is impossible to enjoy the same amenities that cities offer. Those who want to live in the countryside prefers not to have all the amenities nearby. Otherwise there will be a lot of people driving to enjoy the amenities, and the countryside will be as polluted and noisy as the city.
@angemac23 (2005)
• Canada
7 Jun 09
I, by far, would choose to love in the countryside over the city! So much more to do in the country and it is quiet and relaxing in the country.
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi Angemac, city folks find that there is nothing to do in the countryside. We are so use to the shopping, the movie, the amenities and various entertainment facilities in the city. Countryside means quiet and serenity, not many people know that living in the countryside means a lot of hard work.
• Malaysia
7 Jun 09
If i do have the money i would love to have two houses, one situated in the city and another along the countryside.It would be rewarding for me to have an enjoyable and relaxing weekend after a long five days of hard work. By having a house in the city will ease my transportation to work and easier to access the supermarket and shopping malls to get my basic daily necessity. And a weekend by the country side will be a mind rejuvenating plan and the peace and quiet environment just get us ready for another week ahead.
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@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi Maikarumike, actually some people do have a place in town, and another house in the countryside. Even for us Singaporeans, where there is no such thing as countryside in the country, the whole place is a city, some Singaporeans get a second house in our neighboring country instead. And they drive to the house in Malaysia for the weekend. They do not really choose a home in the countryside of Malaysia, but given the slower pace in Malaysia, the lifestyle is more relaxing than here.
@coolcoder (2019)
• United States
6 Jun 09
When I was younger, I really, really wanted to live in a city for the rest of my life, but now, I've gotten so sick of the noise and the rush that I want to life in a small town in the country. There's less people, hopefully there's less hustle and bustle, and it's quiet. My ideal living spot would be somewhere where I could easily reach a store, a church, and other places by walking. I used to live in such a town several years ago--I might just go back and live there in the future. :D
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@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi Coolcoder, I live in the city, and find that people in the city hardly walk. When I take a 20 minutes walk to the library near my house, my friends say it's very far. When I was on a trip to the rural area in China years ago, the folk in the countryside viewed the next village as "very near", and you could walk 6 hours to reach the "very near" village.
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• Singapore
6 Jun 09
i would love to stay in the countryside but work in the city : ) if they are not too far apart and i could have the best of both worlds!
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@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi Nerissagoh, I doubt that is possible. If countryside is so near to the city, it spoils the fun of living in the countryside. Plus city folks and country folks have different viewpoint towards distance. For anyone in the city, anything more than 5km are considered far, but for those in the countryside, the nearest neighbor may be 5km away.
@cannibal (650)
• India
6 Jun 09
Yup indeed; your suggestion is a highly practical one! I'd generally prefer being in the city itself. The idea of living in the countryside is a great one upfront; but the disadvantages are best not imagined! Thing is, we're quite accustomed to the life of ease and comfort in the city. Imagine, what would you do if you're no more connected to your PC? And pollution and other issues in the city have now become such, that we've got used to them. This is just another instance that we prefer harping on short term and visible benefits than the others. Of course, if someone sets up the same facilities and amenities in the countryside, it'd be a great idea. However it's no use because it would harm the very essence of a countryside life.
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@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi Cannibal, some mylotters are accessing Internet from their houses in the countryside. I guess that is not a problem. But unlikely to have all the facilities and amenities in the countryside within easy reach. If you have the dentist next door, the shopping mall opposite your house, the school and hospital behind you, I think that kills the enjoyment of living in the countryside.
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• United States
7 Jun 09
I love the country. It's so peacsful and you can do more things in the countryside than in towns or cities. It's a much more relaxing way of life. We do have to travel about 20 to 30 minutes to go shopping, except grocery shopping which is nearby. But that's okay, I prefer still to live in the country. It's nice getting out of the traffic and on the back roads for a little peaceful driving rather than the nerve racking traffic back ups, red lights and just plain bad drivers. It's nice to be able to open the windows and doors without worrying that someone will come in and steal your things and animals have alot more room to run and be free in the country.
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi Ddhawkins, I bet you have never travelled to Kuala Lumpur or cities in China or India before. You will think that the bad drivers in your country are saints, if you know how the drivers in KL, China and India drive. There are many drivers from hell in those cities, even the cyclists in China are really bad, they can just cut across four busy lanes without any regards for the other drivers. Talking about red light, you should come to Singapore. For certain housing estates, there is a red light every 400 meters or so. It is pretty irritating to stop at every red light, sometimes walking is much faster than driving.
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• United States
7 Jun 09
Oh my, that would drive me nuts. I can't stand the high traffic areas that I have to sit and wait for long periods of time. I have to keep moving or I start getting annoyed quickly :-)
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi Ddhawkins, that stupid stretch of road drives me crazy too. Too bad I needed to take the bus to work. It was the only direct bus to my workplace. Over here, the bus-stop is about 400 meters apart, and in between the bus stops, there is at least one traffic light, and sometimes two traffic lights. Very frustrating to sit in the bus, and felt the bus stopped at every bus stop and every traffic light. Fortunately I could read on the bus, so I did not feel such a waste of time.
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@dismalgrin (2607)
• United States
7 Jun 09
I prefer the country, but I'm afraid I may have to move to the city. I think that sometimes the city can be cheaper because there are more resources available to those that don't make very much money. Other times the country cheaper because you can grow your own garden easier in the country. I'm not entirely sure which would be the cheapest option, but I do know that I'd rather live in the country over the city. I just may not really have much of a choice.
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
8 Jun 09
Hi Dismalgrin, I think in terms of cost of living, living in the country will cost less, that is provided you take in the cost of purchasing or renting a place to live. Most properties in the cities are small and expensive. Once you sell the small apartment in the city, you can use the money to buy a big house in the countryside. Factor in the mortgage and all the interests paid, living in the countryside is obviously cheaper. In terms of grocery, countryside has the advantage of land and garden to plant the vegetables. In term of other necessities, city has more to offer. It is possible to make use of public transport instead of using car.
• United States
8 Jun 09
I think it balances out in the end because when in the city you don't have to pay all the gas to get to work. In the country it costs LOADS of gas to get everywhere. I can easily drain my car in one day running my errands, and I have a car that is considered GOOD on gas! Haha.
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
10 Jun 09
Hi Dismalgrin, I do not drive. The public transport system is great in Singapore, there is no need to drive, so I do not even take up driving class. I think you better ask the scientist to invent a car that does not consume gas or electricity, and powered only by solar energy. But then, you have to pray for sunny days!
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
9 Jun 09
City of course! I live in a city where the majority of people live in suburban style homes. Most larger apartment buildings are either near the business district or way out in the burbs.
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
9 Jun 09
Ugh! I hate apartments! I grew up in houses and I like having a yard and laundry facilities at home. I would hate having someone on the other side of the wall making noises and then there is the pest issue. If your neighbors do not prevent pests they will eventually migrate to your place no matter how clean and careful you are. I don't even like it when houses are built too close together, but you are correct in that I don't want to live where the nearest neighbor is far enough that you actually have to drive to them. The space of a city block would be wonderful but I will settle for enough room to accomodate the space of another house. I really like it when the houses run all the way to the back of a lot that has another street in back instead of another house that would face the rear street. (The lot is double.)
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
10 Jun 09
Hi Canellita, apartments are not so bad. The rubbish chute for our apartment block is located outside, far away from any of the unit, nearer to the elevator, so we do not face pests problem. That is very fortunate, after all, we paid for the apartment, the ants and cockroaches do not, so they have no right to move in with us! Most of the times the apartment block is quiet, unless some parents scoring their kids and spanking them oh, then we experience "war cries" for a few minutes.
@Canellita (12056)
• United States
10 Jun 09
I have just always prefered living in a house. More comfort, more privacy, more space, the yard and so forth. When I was a kid my aunt lived upstairs and she was always on us about making noise when we walked across the floor so we would not disturb the tenant below. The only thing I liked about where she lived back then was that there was a swimming pool.
@CJscott (4182)
• Canada
8 Jun 09
I want to live on a 5-10 acre piece of and 5 - 10 minutes outside a fair sized town. I want my home, far down the road, so it is a nice cruise before you see it. Cheers.
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
8 Jun 09
Hi Cjscott, wow, you really know what you want. Hope you are living in such a dream house now. 5 to 10 acre of land is too big for my imagination. I live in a small apartment in city. No land for me, since I live on the 16th storeys. The whole place is a concrete forest. I assume the 5 to 10 minutes outside the town refers to car journey? Maybe a 5 to 10 minutes train ride will be better, so that you have alternate transport when the car goes on strike.
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@CJscott (4182)
• Canada
8 Jun 09
Yes car ride. No, Trains. I would not want a train track or station. 5 - 10 acres is a fair sized piece of land, but no I do not live there now. I am planning for the next 3-5 years though. As for the car going on strike, with a well maintained car that does not happen. 16th story is way to high for me. I have been in them city High Rises before, I does not like them at all. If the car goes on strike, then we can ride our bikes, a 5 - 10 minute car ride is a 45 - 60 minute bike ride, I think. Maybe a little more, depending on the bike, the rider, and the grade of the road. Cheers.
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
10 Jun 09
Hi CJscott, hope your dream comes true. I can't imagine such a big piece of land. I have never lived in any place with land before. I doubt I will have any garden if I continue to stay in Singapore. Land is simply too valuable and expensive. In apartment living, the higher the better. Those staying above the 30th storeys can enjoy watching the birds flying below their apartments, and the clouds floating above them.
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@bearound (133)
• China
7 Jun 09
In fact I prefer to live in countryside but it is hard to live in the countryside in China now,expecially for young people.They can not find a good job and get more income in countryside.Living in peaceful countryside can be a very romatic idea for me. Compared to big city,such Shanghai or Guangzhou,I would like to live in middle city.I may lose some opportunity in career but gain much clean air and lower living competition.So, why we have to go to the big city?
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
7 Jun 09
Hi bearound, I experienced the countryside in China. I love to see the beautiful countryside, but I can't imagine myself living there. Even students need to stay in school if their homes are too far away. I had travelled to Shanghai before, hate the stupid place, too crowded, and the people were very proud and quarrelsome. If you can find suitable jobs in middle size city, that is great.
@bearound (133)
• China
7 Jun 09
really?I live in countryside before six years old.I may go back when I am old. I am living in Foshan that is beside Guangzhou.It is the third biggist city in Guangdong.It is suitable for me at present. Shanghai is very crowded.I have never consider living there.I don't know the people there though I often heard some negative voice like yours.
@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
8 Jun 09
Hi Bearound, not all cities are as bad as Shanghai. I hate Shanghai. The people are so proud and unfriendly. When I visited Shanghai years ago, that was before the opening of the current International airport. I witnessed how two ladies, dressed in office attires, quarrelled because their bicycles ran into each other. The whole road jammed, they quarrelled in the middle of the road. I was looking for the bookshop, the people were very unfriendly. Probably they thought I was from the countryside!