04 Nov
Pros of Living in the City
Cons of Living in the City
Live close to stores and entertainmentNot a lot of available land
Hospitals and doctors are in proximity Lots of traffic 
Large social poolTypically higher crime rates
More jobs available Light pollution 
Animals are contained Noisy 
Emergency responders are closerCost of living is generally higher 
Less drive time in general Less greenery 

I have a hard time living in or near a city. I feel like I am 100% out of place. Then my husband told us we were moving to a big city for medical school. Here are some Pros and Cons we came up with.

Pros of Living in the City

  1. Close to stores and lots of entertainment. Large malls, window boutiques, restaurants galore! Who could ask for more?!?
  2. The hospital and other doctors are close. Not only shopping, but you can shop for your around for doctors and healthcare providers too.
  3. Large social pool. You don't live in the city to get away from people. 
  4. Fast-paced for those that enjoy that. Events all the time, tons of work, and so little time to get it all done.
  5. Lots of places to work .  Do you wanna be a lawyer? Check. Engineer? Check. Interior designer of aquariums? Check that too.
  6. Lots of living accommodations. We got your big apartments, your small apartments, your apartments with the noisy annoying neighbor's apartments. 
  7. There are sidewalks to walk on. Yes, you read that right. Sidewalks. Some places actually don't have them, so consider yourself lucky that cities do. ;) 
  8. Animals are more contained most of the time. Well, most of the time anyway...
  9. Emergency responders are closer. Nothing is worse than having a real emergency, calling 911, and then hearing, "Ok, the ambulance will be there in 30 minutes." 
  10. Less driving to get places. Not only with shorter distances, but you can bike, walk, take the bus/subway, or even rollerblade if that's your thing.

Cons of Living in the City

  1. Not a lot of land. Wait, you wanted your OWN yard??? That is out the window. 
  2. Lots of traffic. Ahh, the lovely rush hour traffic. (said no one ever.) 
  3. Higher crime rates. With more people also comes more crime. But hey, at least they only took your good wallet this time, right? 
  4. Lots of light pollution. I don't know if you knew this, but there are actually people whose job is to measure the amount of light given off by the city and try to create new methods for reducing it. They are called lighting auditors and have similar names. 
  5. Noisy. If you thought dad's snoring was loud...
  6. Less greenery. Some cities around the world, like Victoria in the north of Spain. Have made it a goal that you can see something green--aka a living plant--from any spot in the city regardless of where you stand. This, however, is the exception and not the rule.
  7. The cost of living is higher. That fancy new job you got in the city better come with some great pay because a spendin' she's a-comin'!

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Written By: Kevin 

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