There are many great and fascinating cities around the planet. San Francisco bursts with life, color, and a welcoming spirit. Canberra, though freezing in the winter, keeps its residents and visitors embraced by a strong community. Berlin boasts a rich culture and history intertwined with an international flavor. Is it any wonder that these metropolises are such draws for both people and industries?
The fact that cities have become hubs of our world offers some significant benefits. There’s no shortage of amenities, entertainment, and culture. Not to mention that as a draw for big businesses and small entrepreneurs alike there are opportunities for employment in almost any industry. Yet, for all the apparent benefits of city living, that’s not to say that these bustling hubs are always going to be the right place for you to put down permanent roots. Indeed, for nearly a decade, there have been signs in the U.S. that people are moving away from cities in favor of suburbs and less dense areas.
We’re going to examine why it may be more beneficial for you to look beyond the city limits to find your ideal home.
1. Property Prices are Lower
Perhaps chief among the reasons to move away from the city is the property costs. Whether you are renting or buying a house, you’ll generally find that suburban prices will be lower. Indeed, you may find that you can afford to buy a place in the suburbs when you couldn’t afford to in the city. For many people, suburban or rural living is a chance to climb that first rung on the property ladder.
Even when you’ve decided to move away from the city, it can be quite natural to be hesitant about committing to buying a property. Having cold feet is occasionally useful, as it stops you from making rash decisions. But it’s important to manage the feeling so you don’t miss out on opportunities. Implement careful strategies like listing the pros and cons, honestly assess your finances, and avoid nitpicking the imperfections of the homes you view. Take the time you need to become comfortable with the idea.
2. Remote Work is Practical
One of the exciting elements of the evolution of our digital age is how it has affected the work landscape. Most specifically is the scope of remote working opportunities. Over the last decade or so, the tools for communications and operations have been developed. But it’s really throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, when many companies were forced to shift to remote work, that it became clear just how practical the method is not for many roles.
As such, it is no longer strictly necessary for you to live in the heart of the city to progress your career. As more companies have started to embrace the reduced overheads, greater staff satisfaction, and better productivity the distant operations offer, so too has the range of practical tools grown. Aside from the use of communications channels to keep staff connected and support socialization, there are also collaborative tools like digital whiteboards and project management software to keep distant employees involved with strategic planning. Even the growing trend for hybrid work schedules can allow you to live outside of the city and commute into the office just once or twice a week.
3. You Can Meet Your Health Goals
In all honesty, studies show us that city living is not great for your physical or mental health. The non-stop pace of life, noise, and expectations to socialize might be contributing to anxiety and stress. Not to mention that the emissions from traffic and industry could exacerbate the potential for cardiovascular issues. As such, you’ll generally find that moving outside of the city limits is more conducive to meeting any health and fitness goals you have.
This can also be enhanced by the greater access to outdoor space that you’ll generally have outside of cities. Indeed, the great outdoors can be ideal for addressing any or all of the four major categories of exercise that can contribute to a positive plan for health and wellness. Hiking and biking are great for endurance, while rock climbing and kayaking help to build and maintain strength. When you’re looking at potential places outside of the city to relocate to, take the time to review what environments can support safe and positive activities that help you to keep your wellness in check.
4. Cost of Living is More Affordable
Quite aside from the lower housing prices, you’ll generally find that a lot of your other expenses are likely to be lower outside of the city. Food costs, utilities, even entertainment prices tend to be reduced when you shift from the hustle and bustle of urban landscapes. The only real exception here is gas prices, which tend to rise the farther away from the central supply you live. On the whole, this means you’ll get more for the salary that you earn. As such, you’ll find you’re often able to enhance the quality of life you’re able to live.
This reduction in the cost of living can be especially beneficial if you are working remotely and still earning the level of income that you were in the city. Importantly, you’re able to focus on elements that you may not have been able to consider while living in the city — creating a savings account, building a deposit to buy your own home, making investments, and taking international vacations.
The big city has a lot to offer. However, moving away from city limits you’ll find there is often greater potential to get on the property ladder, and access to outdoor space that is more conducive to wellness. From a financial perspective, you may also be able to maintain your career remotely, and the lower cost of living allows you to focus on the experience and lifestyle that is most important to you.