I've lived thirty miles from the "big city" and seven from the closest small town for the past twenty-three years. These are some of the blessings and benefits I appreciate most about living in the country!
I have two neighbors, one on the left of me, an elderly couple in their eighties, a handpicked lady who rents from us. When I look out my front windows, I'm looking at eighty five acres of woods and farmland, and when I stand at my kitchen sink to wash dishes, I look past my backyard over a four hundred acre cattle farm. I don't live in a suburb, and thus have none of the drama that living in the 'burbs can bring. It's peaceful and quiet.
Living in the country affords me the ability to raise animals and food. Over the years I have raised horses, a donkey, sheep, ducks, chickens and guineas. My father-in-law once grew three ACRES of tomatoes! There is comfort in knowing that no matter what happens, if need be, we can raise our own meat and vegetables to eat.
I can have as many outbuildings as I wish, can hang a clothesline, have seven dogs and if I were to want to do so, could have a car up on cinder blocks in my front yard! (No fear, I don't want this!) No one tells us what we can and cannot do with our land, at least not to the restrictive degree that occurs in some city neighborhoods. Some people feel restrictive covenants help keep their property values high, and they may, but for me, I'm personally glad no one's telling me what color to paint my house, if I can have a fence for my dogs, or what kind of mailbox to put up.
Generally speaking, when you live in town or in the city, you must pay city AND county property taxes. When you live in the country, you only have to pay county taxes, and if you have enough land, you can generally (at least in North Carolina) get your land into a farm program that makes the taxes extremely low.
In the country there is less traffic. Life proceeds at a slower pace. There is a sense of community. The people generally know one another and in many instances, families have been friends for generations. The air is cleaner, the temperatures are lower, (less concrete), the wind blows more freely and with an unmatched freshness. The sights one sees in the country are soothing to the eye ... freshly plowed fields, growing crops, cows, horses, sheep and goats, vegetable stands and barns. Living in the country is soothing to the soul!
Another benefit to living in the country that is more of an intangible, is the sense of being closer to the earth and to the change of seasons, whether you actually work the soil or not. It's the essence ... and it's sweet.
And less stress!!
All great reasons. My mom sent me from Chicago to two little towns in Michigan where my Uncle,Aunt and First cousin lived during the summer. Believe me, there was big different. The country was so sweet.
How right you are about these advantages to living in the country. Great list!
I agree with #2 also. I love having my own garden.
I love the country and getting away from neighbors. Hopefully our next move will be into the country.
Number 2 is where my feelings are. Love animals, but don't have the room for any more.
select one here...