Some prefer the city, others the village. What is actually better for living

A question that is being pondered by a large group of people, regardless of gender, age or nationality. So let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of living in both locations.

Definition of both locations

For an initial comparison, let’s define what is rural and what is urban. A rural locality is a community where there is a municipal office, a school, a grocery or convenience store, but that is the end of it. I mustn’t forget the pub. Maybe some small service establishments. And definitely farmers. They are inseparable from the countryside. By contrast, a town is a much larger agglomeration in terms of area, population, offices, schools, services, possibly industry and, in those big towns, public transport.

Main advantages of a village

A little comparison of the two localities. Those in favour of living in a village will certainly use the argument, after all, it is quiet in a village. We are close to the woods, to the countryside, and what we need and don’t have locally, we go to the city for. Their arguments are certainly correct, except for the most important one – peace. I will give you an example: a village of about 250 inhabitants, 100 nos. one road, and according to the radar, an annual passage of more than 250.000!!!! vehicles. Ignoring the time between 11pm and 5am, I figure that 1 car passes every minute and a half. Can we still talk about peace?


Main advantages of the city

Advocates of living in the city cite having everything close at hand. Schools for the kids, offices, for a lot of them local employment, all services, culture, sports, health care, etc. one cannot disagree with that list. Compared to living in a village there is more anonymity. Furthermore, in every city there are zones of rest and tranquillity, which are usually full of people who want to escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of the big city, so it is especially in good weather like Wenceslas Square.

What to say in conclusion? Everyone is looking for what is close to their heart and imagination. For some, it is a question of priorities, and as we know, these change during a person’s lifetime. Young people, or families with children, may choose to live in the city purely for practical reasons, after a while, or when children become independent, they long for peace and seek a place where they can find it. And so the circle of life goes round and round, as it does in nature itself.