Advantages and Disadvantages of Rural Living

Countryside living may not be what you expect if you haven’t done it before. Although the lifestyle can appear peaceful and easy, it’s not suited to everyone. If you’re thinking of making a move to the country, you should be aware of the pros and cons of doing so.


  • If you have children that are of school-age, they might be faced with a longer journey to school – whether they walk, take the bus or get a lift in!
  • Shopping can become an inconvenience. This may not seem all that important, but staples that are purchased a couple times a week, such as milk and bread, may be further than just a 2 minute trip down the road.
  • Job opportunities might be limited; this is unless you already have a job nearby or if you commute into a town or city.
  • Television and Internet connectivity could be weaker.
  • During the winter months, the roads might not be in the best shape and may not be as well maintained as urban roads.
  • Trade services, such as a mechanic, are harder to find. In urban areas, if you have car trouble you can make do with a local taxi or bus until it’s fixed. Services like these are scarcer in the countryside, leaving you limited on options.
  • Entertainment and eateries may be further away, which involves more time, a higher expense and extra planning.


  • More privacy – in the countryside there’s a good chance your nearest neighbour won’t be directly next door. You may not even be able to spot their home at all!
  • You can have a bigger garden. If you’ve always wanted to grow your own food or have more space for the children, this is a huge benefit.
  • You’ll be able to own pets you may have always wanted, but couldn’t have owned in a city or town. Cows, llamas and horses are all examples of these. You could even store hens so you can have your own free-range eggs.
  • You’ll be more exposed to the various wildlife of the area, if that’s your thing.
  • Decreased stress levels. City-dwellers usually suffer higher levels of stress than those who aren’t; they become cold and competitive, always in a rush trying to beat the rat race. By decreasing the number of people surrounding you, you’ll be more relaxed.
  • You’ll have cleaner air in the country; an instant health benefit!
  • You can be fully, or semi self-sufficient. With the larger garden and chickens mentioned previously, you can begin creating your own food. You can also sell any extra eggs to create a small income.

Overall it’s important to think about what’s most important to you before considering a move out to the country. On one hand, you’ll be able to live in peace every day without the sound of heavy traffic. On the other hand, when living in the country you might be driving down a muddy road and need to have your car cleaned regularly. 

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