By Fallon Bursey
The decision of choosing where you want to live may not be your top priority as of right now, being you’re still in high school. However, it is never too early to start finding out what environment you feel best in, and which one provides you more with your needs.
Living in the country, it is a lot less chaotic than a city, or even a town. The benefits of living in a country, or rural, environment have been thoroughly studied. According to Laura Mueller, studies have shown that rural life is beneficial to your mental, but also physical, health. It is said that a giant portion, 97%, of the land in the United States is rural areas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Out of the 97% or rural lands in America, only about 19% of that rural land is housing the American population. This creates a variety of rural areas to choose from across the country that each will provide you with a copious amount of room and privacy.
Rural areas are known for clean air because there are less, if any, cars and traffic, or factories to clog up the air around you. There are also more trees and grass in rural areas to filter the air. According to Laura Mueller, there is also the possibility of phytochemicals from fungi, plants, and microbes. These phytochemicals are said to improve cells in the body. The pollutants released in the air in the city contain harmful substances from vehicles and factories. Rural living can prevent diseases like asthma, or even heart disease as compared to living in a city, due the pollution differences..
Crime rates are also lower in the rural areas than the cities, or anywhere that's densely populated. According to Laura Mueller, these crimes include assaults, robberies, and thefts. Part of the statistics of lower crime rates in rural areas are due to the fact that there are simply just less people. However, the country is less worrisome over crimes than cities because there’s not many people around to do so.
According to the article by Laura Mueller, rural living also results in better psychological health. Due to the bustling, busy, non-stop environment of cities, residents of cities can feel overwhelmed and stressed, possibly leading to poor mental health.
Life in the country is also much cheaper. This includes housing, insurance, food, and even transportation. However, it may be more beneficial to live in a more urban area depending on your life needs. Someone who might be an interior designer might want to live in more populated areas so their career can flourish more. Those who want to be closer to their work should probably choose the city, due to there being less areas of work in the country.
With the open space of living in rural areas, you have access to organic foods. You could get your produce from farms or your own land. This would save money from the higher priced foods in cities, which are less likely to be “home-grown”. In the city you can’t as easily have your own food sources as compared the country.
Gym access is not as easy in rural areas, however it is still possible. If you aren’t the type to work out on your own property, the gyms are still available to you even in rural areas. While the drive may be linger, it is still an option. Cities provide their residents with short distances from home to gym. However, running is safer in the rural areas, for there is less traffic and people. There is also more ‘natural’ scenery and the air is cleaner.
Going out to eat will take you a longer drive in the rural areas, while living in the city allows walking distance to your favorite places. Suburbs will provide a more halfway distance to go out to eat.
Overall, deciding where to live depends on many factors. Your job location, your career, family needs, your own needs, and more. These two places are completely different from each other and each have their pluses and downfalls. Before deciding where to reside, take into account all possible needs, even the distance to the nearest hospital.