7 junio, 2024

11 disadvantages of living in the country

there may be some disadvantages of living in the country for some people, compared to city life, although today the borders between country and city are much more flexible than they were in the past, thanks to modern means of transport.

The countryside is a habitat with large green spaces, where the houses are far from each other and the land is dedicated to crops, livestock and farm animals.

For their part, cities have a high density of people and buildings, with green areas restricted to parks or the outskirts of the city.

In this way, the contrast between life in these two environments, traditionally opposed, can become very marked, especially in some less developed countries.

The dream of many people is to get away from stress, traffic jams, noise and pollution, typical of large cities, not to mention dangers such as crime.

However, those who want to radically change their lives by leaving the city should review some aspects of rural life, not limited to the ideal of peace and tranquility, clean air and close contact with nature.

As with so many aspects of existence, there are some major downsides, such as access to food and services, as well as the quality and quantity of these.

For this reason, the distance from the large distribution centers conditions life in the countryside, marking notable differences with the city, more accentuated the more remote the locality.

Disadvantages of living in the country

Here are some of the most important:

1. Difficulty of access to education

In the countryside there is less educational offer than in the cities, especially in higher education. Universities and large educational centers are based in cities, and although there are sometimes nuclei or extensions in some rural areas or their surroundings, the educational offer is never as extensive as in the cities.

For this reason, many young people who live in the countryside and dream of doing something different must emigrate from the countryside to the city. Whether they graduate or not, some do not return to the rural environment, as the city offers them better and more varied income opportunities.

2. Less entertainment offer

Cities enjoy innumerable options for leisure and culture, unlike the rural environment. For example, the largest museums are almost always found in big cities, as are concert halls, theaters, libraries, and cinemas, as well as restaurants and nightlife.

This represents a clear disadvantage of country life, unless the person’s leisure ideal is more oriented towards outdoor activities and sports. And even the practice of some sports specialties requires access to specialized facilities, which are not always found in the field, even if the available space is abundant.

3. Isolation

Houses in rural areas are dispersed over a larger territory and this means that the closest neighbors are relatively far away. This causes social activities to be greatly reduced, as the social circles that can be formed are small and there are fewer opportunities to make new friends.

Therefore, those who come from the cities may find rural life drab in comparison, but precisely because of this the links between people who live in the countryside tend to strengthen. And in case of problems, people in the field are more willing to help.

This does not mean that isolation is exclusive to the rural environment. Due to the hustle and bustle of the city, people sometimes do not have time to meet and socialize with others, even living in densely populated communities.

4. Fewer health services available

Large hospitals and health care centers are located in large cities. If someone suffers from a condition that requires special care, she will be forced to travel more frequently to the nearest hospital for treatment.

Also, large hospitals offer more diagnostic tools than rural health centers.

5. Technology takes longer to arrive

As is well known, innovations in technology such as computers, smartphones, household appliances and more arrive first at stores in large metropolises. Of course, the more isolated a community is, the longer it takes for these products to reach its inhabitants.

6. Fewer job opportunities

The more inaccessible an area is, the less investment governments make in it. Therefore, job opportunities are much lower than in the cities, a problem that is well known throughout Latin America.

It should be noted, however, that the cost of living is usually lower in rural areas than in large cities, which means a kind of compensation for the absence of employment opportunities.

But in contrast, the work in the field is more demanding, from the physical point of view.

7. Long distance from administrative centers

The administrative centers have their headquarters in the large metropolises. When it becomes necessary to go to some of these entities to carry out procedures, it is necessary to travel more or less long routes.

Depending on the available transport and the distance, these journeys could be more or less uncomfortable.

8. Reduced communication channels

Most of the resources allocated to roads are directed to urban areas, given that the population density is higher. On the other hand, in rural areas the volume of traffic is much lower, the roads are narrower, sometimes with many curves and unevenness, depending on the geology of the region.

In addition, rural roads are more susceptible to clogging due to incidents such as floods, landslides, snowfall or other accidents, leaving users cut off for a while.

9. Few residential alternatives

In the big cities you can find homes of all kinds, large and small, flats in multi-family buildings, houses, penthouses and individual or shared rooms.

But in rural areas there is no such variety, although the prices are lower, in view of the lower demand.

10. The jobs are physically demanding

The work of the field, by its nature, usually demands great physical effort. Those who live in the countryside or wish to do so must be prepared to face the challenge.

11. Dependence on means of transport

Depending on how isolated they are, rural residents can become highly dependent on their own cars for supplies and running errands. And a car will always need maintenance and parts to keep running, otherwise people could be isolated or prevented from purchasing resources and services.


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