When it comes to choosing somewhere to live, many people have to make the decision between a small town or a bigger city. While the big smoke may offer more opportunities, an increasing number of people are making the leap to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and instead hunkering down in some of the beautiful and very welcoming small towns that the U.S has to offer.
So, what exactly makes living in a small town so appealing to people?
Here are, what we believe, some of the biggest benefits of choosing small town living.
By far one of the biggest benefits of living in a small town is the undeniable sense of community that develops. While some people may not like feeling that they are living their life under a microscope, the fact is that in a small town, everyone looks after one another, whether you like it or not! This is especially good for those people who may be swallowed up and isolated by living in a big city where it is much harder to get to know those around you.
When you move to a small town, expect the neighbors to introduce themselves by name, and even drop off a little ‘welcome to the neighborhood’ pie or tray of cookies! You will very quickly feel a sense of belonging to your new community.
Although this is not always the case, taxes in smaller towns tend to be significantly less expensive than those is their larger counterparts.
No-one wants to live somewhere where they can’t let their kids outside to play, or where they feel they need to look over their shoulder every time they leave their home. Statistics show that small towns have significantly lower crime rates than big cities, meaning that it is safer place to raise kids or for more vulnerable people to reside.
Living in the big city pushes the cost of living skywards, and everything from rents to utilities to groceries costs more. Small town living is much more affordable, and in most towns, you can get a sprawling family home for the same price as a studio in the city. Supporting small businesses helps keep costs low and the local economy thriving.
If you live in a small town, you won’t be competing with thousands of other vehicles and spending hours getting from A to B. With fewer cars on the road, smaller roads and the ability to get across town in just a few miles, many people who move out of the city thoroughly enjoy shorter commutes and more enjoyable driving.
Fewer vehicles mean less air pollution, making the great outdoors a nicer place to be. Lower air pollution levels can also help people who suffer from respiratory conditions such as COPD or asthma.
It goes without saying that small towns tend to have smaller schools, and this tends to lead to reduced class sizes when compared to education establishments in the city. This means your child will get more individual attention from quality teachers.
Small towns mean less competition, both for your own personal goals or those of your business. It is much easier to build a reputation for yourself and become a ‘big fish in a small pond’ if that is your desire – something that is extremely difficult to do in a large, crowded city.
If you would like to find out more about some of the benefits of living in a small town, or you are ready to start a property search in a small town near you, our knowledgeable and dedicated realtors would be delighted to assist you. Please contact our offices today to arrange an appointment.