The health aspect is what draws many people to country living. There is (obviously) no where near the amount of pollution in smaller towns, villages and the countryside as in the city. It's a fact. But also there are more opportunities to get outside, walk and inhale lots of fresh air into your lungs.
Being such a weak human being, this is important to me! I have asthma and allergies, as well as being anemic and weak boned with not the best immune system. I really have felt the difference since moving back to my home town.
Properties are cheaper to buy and rent due to rural land costs being lower. For example, for a 2 bedroom second floor flat in a not so good area in Newcastle I paid £450 pcm. Now in a good neighborhood, on a private road we're paying just a little more for a 2 bedroom beautiful semi detached house!
Not only that but the cost of living is less, from the price of a taxi to the cost of a meal.
Crime rates are drastically lower. Although the populations are obviously pretty different, there are still types of crimes that are never or at least hardly seen in the county as apposed to the city such as gun and knife crimes. Something that is very relevant is the extremely sad case of a young boy with learning difficulties being murdered in the area in Newcastle that we moved away from last year, his body was found in a public area which I used to walk through everyday to get to work - scary stuff.
Noise is a big thing to me and my family will tell you that. I'm easily annoyed by repetitive car alarms, sirens and people who shout instead of talk.
Everything in the city is noisy. Everything is open longer hours meaning traffic is almost always in motion. People are always on the go, are more 'streetwise' and I've found in general to be not as nice on a whole. Although I don't want to be super friendly with everyone and I prefer to live a quiet, peaceful life, keeping myself to myself, it's still nice to know that people in general are usually of a softer nature in the country.
The Little Things.
I suppose these aren't so little to someone like me. Nature and wildlife are everywhere in the sticks. I don't even live right in the countryside, rather in a small town and my area specifically is on the edge of it. Here I see countless species of land and sea birds daily, the occasional seal and otter, rabbits, hares and if you're lucky deer, as well as (although I haven't had the pleasure yet) a regularly visiting pod of dolphins.
As I write this, sat on my sofa, I have a young female blackbird on my wall, some fledgling sparrows on a branch overhanging from the allotment into my back garden and some starlings flying past!
That's it guys, just five points that are why I'll always be a country girl! Are you team green or team grey?? Leave your favorite thing about where you live in the comments!