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The Pros And Cons Of Living In A Big City

Throughout civilized history people have flocked to cities. It’s natural to want to be around other people as it maximizes the potential for human interaction and achievement. Cities can bring out the best in people but they can also bring out the worst. This is what makes cities intense places to live in.

Being in a highly urbanized location can be very comforting and reassuring, since most of what you need is close by. This can be especially advantageous for those who choose to retire abroad. But for some it might feel artificial and out of touch with nature. Having said that, there are plenty of cities that blend well with the natural surroundings.

As a potential expat, if you’re interested in moving to a big city, it’s a matter of finding the most compatible one for you. And just as with living in a small town, each positive comes with a flipside. 

More Options And Opportunities

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Big cities offer many more options when it comes to entertainment, leisure and cultural activities. With lots of shops, restaurants and venues, life can be much more interesting than in a small town.

There are so many more job opportunities, and you’ll potentially make more money. Big cities are where the action is, so if you want to meet important contacts it’s a lot easier to do it in a location where there’s lots of economic activity.

You can find everything you need in a big city, which is made even easier with all the public transport available.

Interesting And Varied Social Life

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Your social life can become very diverse and interesting in a cosmopolitan environment that attracts people from all walks of life. You’re likely to meet all sorts of interesting people in a big city. And public transport will allow you to easily stay connected.

Since people will tend to mind their own business if they don’t know you, you can be yourself, or reinvent yourself if you like. People will be less likely to judge you. Of course, you also have the option to keep to yourself and be as anonymous as you like.

But it’s not all positive. Here are some negatives of living in a big city.

Stress

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With large numbers of people living in close proximity comes problems. Crime, drugs, homelessness, these are things that you’ll most likely see or be affected by sooner or later. Add to that heavy traffic, noise and pollution, and life can sometimes be stressful.

There tends to be a live-to-work mentality, with people rushing about trying to get things done quickly. With so much going on it can get overwhelming at times. This can become even harder when you’re living abroad.

The cost of living can also be higher, which means having to work longer. Also you may not be able to live in a large property since space is at a premium.

If you thrive on action, stress and a fast pace of life, a big city could be great for you. But if not, it could become too much.

Social Disconnect

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Where there’s a high population people tend to keep to themselves, creating an impersonal environment. On the one hand, most people in a big city tend to mind their own business. But on the other hand they’re less likely to care much about others around them, as they’re too busy looking out for their own interests.

Since everyone is busy, some may have limited time to spend with others. It’s important to find a good social group otherwise you may struggle to find true friends. When there’s little sense of community, you might feel isolated despite being around by many people every day.

When deciding to move abroad, not only should you be prudent as you choose which country to live in, you should also think ahead when considering what kind of city to be based in

Some people thrive in big cities. It’s up to you to decide whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. This will depend on your age, circumstances and desired lifestyle. For those looking for excitement it’s perfect, but if you’re focussed on raising a family you might be better off in a smaller town

It’s important to bear in mind that big cities have suburbs, which would put you close to the action but not right in the middle of it. You’d have a relatively quiet environment, with easy access to everything you need. Also it’s possible to live in a big city and then move to a smaller town later in life.

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