Has your city-slicking way of life numbed you to the real meaning of it? Is your idea of a home-cooked meal grilled cheese on a Cuisinart? Is the only thing you have to fear FOMO itself? Do your clothes take up more room than your spiritual space? If you answered yes to any of these questions, moving to the country may be your key to your emotional balance.
Now don’t get us wrong, moving to the country does not mean moving off the grid. It doesn’t mean no running water, no electricity and, most unthinkably, no Wi-Fi connection (oh, the horror!) It may, however, be a kinder gentler way of living for those who have had enough of the life in the fast lane. We, at Colonial Van Lines, know that the country-life may not be the panacea of the masses, but it may be worth a closer investigation.
Moving to the Country: Is it the Move for You?
Let’s start with the facts. As of the 2010 Census, there were 3,143 counties in the United States. Sixty percent of those were considered mostly rural or completely rural. The least populous rural county was Loving County, Texas, with a population of 82 (talk about extreme social distancing); the most populous was Randolph County with a population of 141, 752 (you should be able to sunbathe in your yard without much discretion, or clothing). But, populous aside, there are some things that all rural communities have in common, some better than others. Here are some more facts about rural living that may be the deciding factors.
Pros of Moving to the Country
In short living in the country is the sweet spot between disconnection from the real world, but not necessarily the material one. Here are some of the good things you can look forward to when moving to the country.
Healthier Lifestyle: Yes, sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side. If you seek greener pastures, and less pollution, the further away from the city you are the greater your chances of finding them. Cleaner air means lower risks of allergies, respiratory illnesses, and heart disease.
Easier Access to Organic Food: There is no shortage of “whole foods” in rural communities. When you live in the countryside, it is common to find farms where you can buy fresh fruits, veggies, milk, eggs, and even meat. Not to mention, there’s enough land out there so you can go farm to table without leaving your property.
Lower Stress Levels: Besides being able to say, “FOMO NOMO,” you can also forget about road rage, noisy neighbors, and the likelihood of running into your ex on your morning jog. Less hectic schedules and high anxiety demands, you can focus on finding meaning in the moment and doing things that you love.
More Affordable Living: In rural communities, a high standard of living and high quality of life can coexist! Buying and renting a property in a rural area will cost you half as much as renting one in an urban area, and land prices will decrease the further out you go. Utilities, income taxes, and property taxes also tend to be lower in rural areas, as does everything from school tuitions, groceries, to auto insurance.
Safety: Never mind the fact that most horror movies take place in rural settings. Unless your biggest fear is Jason showing up in a hockey mask while you are in the shower, statistical data shows rural settings to be much lower in crime than urban areas. There are also more police in rural areas, less accident-causing traffic, and a stronger sense of community.
Cons of Moving to the Country
After reading that, we’re sure that you’re wondering why you didn’t pack up and move to the country years ago. Here some of the reasons you might not have. Here are some of the less attractive elements of moving to the country.
Fewer Job Opportunities
Do you ever wonder why you don’t hear too much about people flocking to the country to seek new job opportunities? The answer is, there simply aren’t that many job opportunities to be sought after. Unless you’ve got a remote job set up, are independently wealthy, or are looking to channel your inner farmer, you may want to stick to the city for a bit.
Fewer Entertainment Options
It has been said that solitude is the best society. But after a few nights of dining at the same restaurant, you may find otherwise. Keep in mind that rural areas do not have the same access to nightlife and cultural events that urban areas do. You may not even be able to find a place where you can practice a hobby or a group of people that share your interests.
When you move to the country, you may be swapping no neighbors for new neighbors. Depending on the area you live in, you might have some not so pleasant run-ins with mountain lions, snakes, bears, and coyotes- oh my! And under the don’t judge them by their size category, critters like mice, squirrels, raccoons, and weasels can do significant damage to your house.
But maybe more horrifying than lions, snakes, bears, and coyotes combined is the dreaded slow internet service. According to the FCC, an estimated 39% of Americans in rural areas lack high-speed broadband, as compared to 4% urban Americans.
Conveniences are Not as Convenient
When you live in the country, services are less reliable, and it takes longer to get places. Read that as possibly driving for hours to pick up groceries, limited chances satisfying your late-night cravings at the mini-mart, and learning a thing or two about maintenance repairs.
Moving to the Country (or not) with the Nation’s Top-Rated Movers
At Colonial Van Lines, we have fifty years of experience moving our customers from the rural to the urban and all parts in between. And from the slow-mo to the FOMO, we stand behind our customers every step of the way.
Whether its country bound, or city-bound, your move is bound to be a stress-free experience with Colonial Van Lines. From customization to execution, to conclusion, our movers are dedicated to providing high quality, dependable service with your needs and budget in mind. With flexible packing and storage options, a little good old American know-how, and the experience and dependability that we built our reputation on, we get you moving in the right direction.
Moving to the country or not, call Colonial Van Lines today for a free transparent rate quote. We’re a little bit country, a little bit city, and one hundred percent behind our customers.