Living In The City Vs. The Suburbs: Pros And Cons

Living In The City Vs. The Suburbs: Pros And Cons

Houses on a San Fransico street

Making A Coice That Fits Your Needs

Anywhere you live will have good and bad things about it; the question is what you’re willing to deal with, and what you can’t stand. It’s best to put together a list of benefits and disadvantages. To that end, we’ll be discussing pros and cons of living in the city or the suburbs. In a nutshell, the big deciding factors will be career and family. Let’s explore this.

City Life

If you’re single and you’ve got a good job, there’s much to recommend living right in the center of whatever metropolitan area you find yourself. While there can be family advantages, costs are generally going to be higher. If you’re not married, you’ll have ample opportunity to explore the many night-life opportunities, and cheaper living is more realistic.
Everything is bustling in the center of a city. The music venues, the bars, fine dining, industry, fashion—it’s all at your fingertips. If you want it, the city is where to get it. However, there are a few negative things you’ll want to take into account.
In the center of any large metropolitan area, traffic will necessarily be greater than the suburbs. It will take you longer to get anywhere in the day, and it will be more dangerous. There is generally more crime in the inner cities, and education isn’t going to be as effective in such schools—depending on your city, of course. Still, don’t believe political hype. Think critically.
Everything is more expensive in the city, and getting out of the city takes a long time unless you leave in the late evening or early morning. Property is generally more expensive and less qualitative as well. Furthermore, you may not be able to afford a vehicle in the center of a city. Licensing, registration, fuel, travel, and break-ins can be a problem—again depending on the city.

Suburban Life

A driveway on a house in suburbia

If you’re raising a family with a job centered in a large city, then the suburbs offer some distinct advantages. Property is more qualitative at less cost and has a likelihood of increasing in value—depending on the neighborhood. It’s imperative to choose the right suburban neighborhood for greatest value in terms of property.
You’ll have access to better educational facilities for your children, and there is less crime. Traffic is reduced, and it’s easier to drive. Costs for driving generally are reduced in a suburban environment as well; you’ll have a garage or driveway, you’ll be able to park in the street, and there will be less to worry about. There are also gated suburban communities.
That being said, your commute will be longer if you’re in a suburban area and work in the city. There isn’t as much nightlife, there isn’t as much entertainment. When you want to go to the city, it will take an hour or two to get there, and an hour or two to leave. If you’re single, the suburbs offer ample opportunity to maximize resources, but at a loss of social life.
There is also likely to be an HOA, or Homeowners Association, with which you’ll have to contend. You’ll be expected to take part in social gatherings and “block parties” on a regular basis. If you don’t, neighbors will look at you askance. There is a social component to suburban life you’ll want to take into account. Still, for families, suburban life is advantageous.

Choosing Between Them

A man's hand reaching for suburbia

Once you’ve determined which sort of living best suits you, you’ll likely need to make a move. If you’ve got a property, or are looking to acquire one, sites such as can provide you detailed information and save you a lot of trouble in the acquisition or selling process.
Though inner-city life isn’t always considered the best for families, there are opportunities for learning which don’t exist in the suburbs. As with anything, a silver lining exists. At the end of the day, your particular situation could be one which flourishes in either scenario, or neither—some are even better suited for a life in the deep countryside.
Figure out what you need, what you want, what you’ve got, and what you can afford. Look at properties in both regions, and above all else, take your time. There will always be a living solution for you, even if a few opportunities escape. People are buying and selling all the time, and that means opportunity is more or less continuous.

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