Cities are energetic and diverse cultural centers all across the world. Living in the city may not be for everyone, but there are certainly some universal observations and benefits of doing so. What makes city living so exciting and convenient? Here are just a few common reasons.
Cities are vibrant, thriving centers of culture that offer a wealth of opportunities to engage in and experience the local community. You’ll find a ton of great options to choose from: restaurants, art galleries, museums, theaters, concert venues, clubs, festivals, parks, etc. There’s certainly no shortage of activities that can match your personal interests or hobbies and allow you to enjoy your time living in the city, just make sure you find a community that’s suitable to your lifestyle!
While in 2021 communities and culture can seem to have little influence over your decision to move to the city due to continued social distancing rules, it actually can make solo-living a bit more bearable. Locally-owned business have found ways amidst the pandemic to stay afloat. Offering local deliveries, online services, and exceptional cleanliness standards and social-distancing protocols.
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The convenience of city life is another point in its favor. You have everything within easy access via public transportation, a short drive, or even walking distance. You won’t need to drive for long stretches in order to get to work, go shopping, or see a show. It’s also a lot easier to enjoy nights out, as you don’t have to worry about a long drive home or missing the last train or bus. And perhaps best of all is avoiding getting stuck in traffic on a long commute to work – that is, if you are going into the office. As we all have seen, many companies have allowed individuals to begin working from home, and living in the city can mean you may have a small space to build a home office. If you find yourself in this situation, check out our comprehensive article on creating a working environment in any small space!
Public transportation is a great benefit for those living in and around the city. Trains, buses, and subways are all efficient and cost effective methods of getting to and from your home and other destinations. The costs are relatively low for these services and the amount of money you may save from not having car-related expenditures will make city living more affordable. If public transit isn’t your cup of tea, especially as sanitization and social-distancing continue to lead our ways of life, most cities are also bike friendly. You can also explore ride-share programs like Bird and Lime scooters – just be sure to sanitize before and after use!
Just like dining, shopping in the city presents a range of options. You’ll find the classic, larger brand stores to smaller, artisan craft shops all within a relatively small radius. You can get your groceries at your favorite big box store or shop small at a neighborhood market offering locally grown produce and other goods. Clothing options can be found at stores like Target or perhaps a small thrift store specializing in handmade, bespoke fashion.
Dining options in the city are both plentiful and diverse. Whether you’re looking for a coffee shop, a delicatessen, or the best fish tacos in town- city dining has it all. You’ll typically find craft breweries and food trucks paired together for a cheap, delicious meal with your favorite local beer. Delivery service is also an added benefit of living in a metro area. Of course there will always be the chains you know and love, but cities are diverse places. Chinese, Mexican, Ethiopian, Thai, and more – the local restaurant scene will generally reflect that diversity and offer something everyone will love!
Finally, an excellent perk of living in the city is the sheer amount of education, career, and volunteer opportunities available. Whether you’re trying to earn a bachelor’s degree, graduate degree, seeking full-time employment in your field, or just looking for somewhere to lend a helping hand in your free time – city life presents a chance to learn, grow, develop, and serve in whatever manner you wish.
There’s a reason why so many people decide to live in the city. It’s a completely different experience than living out in the suburbs. Hopefully, these few benefits help you in your decision-making process of deciding where to live. If you’re interested in moving to a city, check out our step-by-step guides on buying, selling, and renting.