How many times growing up were you told that cities were impossibly crime ridden or that suburbs were boring? Not that many? Just me then. To say that I moved around a lot would be a lie, but I have lived for extended periods in suburbs and cities and think that I can finally put this to rest. Time to definitively answer, where is the better place to live: cities or suburbs?
COST OF LIVING
The comparison starts here, and it starts here for two very good reasons. First, because that is where I decided to start, and second because it is impossible to do this sort of comparison without talking about cost of living. Suburbs are cheap, at least by comparison. Put another way, I can afford a 1000 square foot one-bedroom by myself in the suburbs, and barely afford half that space in the city. Rent skyrockets, groceries get more expensive, it’s a whole mess in the city. That isn’t to say that cities don’t have something good about them…
NO CAR NEEDED
This one is conditional on where you live, but most major cities pride themselves on their transit systems. This is great, it is a huge cost saver, but it comes with some clear drawbacks. The most obvious of which being that now you are a slave to the bus or train schedule. If you miss your train by one-minute, you are not one minute late but probably fifteen. This is of course we get into the issue of the status of those trains. Don’t know that I’d want to stay on them for a second longer than necessary.
COMMUTES MIGHT ACTUALLY KILL ME
Right now, I live in a suburb, which is about 30 minutes from work, on a good day at least. This isn’t that bad most days, but other days I try to get my affairs squared away in case I take a semi to the face. In all honesty, I am confident that if I don’t die of old age that it will be the commute to work that kills me. Commuting drivers are probably my least favorite thing right now, just below over-cooked broccoli.
CITIES NEED TO GO TO SLEEP
When I was living in the city, I would go out and be out late with friends. When I came back home, the rest of the city was not on board with my getting a decent night’s sleep. There was load banging against shared walls. I’m pretty sure my upstairs neighbor had either a bowling alley in his unit or was an ax murderer, maybe both. Don’t want to eliminate options, but I lean towards ax murder. Not having a decent night’s sleep really cuts into your health, which leads me beautifully to my final point.
CROWDS FOSTER DISEASE
Ever watch one of those epidemic movies or play the game Pandemic? Cities are literal breeding grounds for disease and sickness because there is no way that everyone washes their hands. People are in close quarters, breathing the same air, sneezing and coughing all over each other. While it might be the germaphobe in me, I am confident that living in the city cut my life expectancy by easily 10 years. I don’t know how it happened, but I stand by the estimate.
WHO WINS THE SHOWDOWN
First, I would hope that the last two would cue you off, but I am going to milk the anticipation of saying that suburbs won. I mean it strikes me as obvious, while yes cities do have more to do in them, that comes at some serious cost, and not just in terms of money but health and well-being. If you live in a city, I commend you, good for you. You could probably use a place to store your things, and your friends at Hide-Away Storage are here to help. There is a solution for every price range and storage need. Come give us a visit and see what we have to offer.