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Thursday 22 August 2019

TOWN VERSUS COUNTRY

HAVING LIVED IN BOTH, KELLY DALTON WONDERS WHETHER RURAL OR URBAN AREAS PROVIDE THE BEST STANDARD OF LIVING

HAVE YOU ever wondered where you would like to live when you are older, or wished that you lived somewhere else? So what really is better, town or country life? Many people have different opinions on this. I spoke to a few who people who have lived in both in order to see the advantages of both lifestyles.

From speaking to people, who had lived in the town, they would mostly say that the main reason that they moved to the country was for the space and the general 'peace and quiet' picture that is stereo-typically painted in many people's minds. This picture is mainly true. The scarcity of traffic and the lack of people all help make country-life more relaxing, but this is not everyone's cup of tea. Another big factor that people mentioned when I asked them why they moved to the country was the opportunity to build their own house.

Many people are not satisfied with just moving in to a 'ready-made' house, and had always wanted to build their ideal house. Some parents that I questioned also said that they did it for their children as they found the country a better environment to raise their children in. Interestingly enough, all of the people that I interviewed said that they would not move back to town.

When I asked people who moved from the country to town about their reasons for moving, the main answers were simple. They were things like practicality, public amenities and for work. Many people admitted that they moved to town as they could not afford transport to their jobs, so moved to somewhere that they could walk to work. They also mentioned that one of the disadvantages of country living was the feeling of being abandoned or isolated. The lack of public transport does not help this issue.

The younger generation that I interviewed said that they love town because they are closer to their friends and have more things to occupy them at the weekend, but the slightly older generation admit to missing the quiet of the countryside.

So now if you were to ask me whether I would prefer town or country living, it probably wouldn't be wise as it would be a biased answer, but I do think that it is entirely up to the person and their own circumstances. With each I think, having equal pros and cons.