Moving From A City to a Small Town
Published on 2023-03-14
If you’re moving from a city to a small town, you’re likely aware that there will be many differences. Some differences may be more stark than others, but they should all be taken into consideration if you’re relocating, especially if you’re moving to a different part of the country. Smaller towns tend to be more rural and have a slower pace of life in general, and you’ll certainly have to make some adjustments if you’re moving to one. From jobs to food to entertainment, everything will be a little different and here are some of the things you should be prepared for if you’re making the transition from a city to a small town.
Everyone Knows Your Name
There is a certain anonymity that comes with living in a city, but that’s not the case in smaller towns. The smaller the population, the more chance that everyone knows each other. Many people will have been acquainted since grade school and there are likely families that go back several generations, so even if people don’t always know each other directly, they know each other’s relatives. This takes some getting used to if you’ve lived in a city since people will be curious about you as a newcomer. Getting to know the locals can go a long toward ingratiating yourself to the community.
Things Are More Spread Out
One of the benefits of living in a city is that you have access to more things, and they are closer in proximity. You may be able to go to the main part of town and have access to virtually everything you need, which is not typically the case in smaller towns. Everything is more spread out, which means things like an airport, medical services, restaurants, and even grocery stores and gas stations may not be closely situated to where you live. While it may initially seem like a hassle that you have to drive further, you’ll find that traffic and parking issues are probably a thing of the past (which also makes it quieter). Driving 20 miles in a metropolitan area can be a headache, especially during peak transit hours, but it’s not so bad when you don’t have to contend with so many other vehicles on the road. Keep in mind that public transit is likely to be less developed, if available at all, in smaller communities.
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Less Entertainment Options
Just as you may have to put in more miles for basics necessities, you’ll also have to contend with the same issue when it comes to leisure time. Concerts, sporting events, parks, golf courses, and other activities you’ve grown accustomed to in your own city may not be as accessible in small towns. With things spread out and smaller communities, there tends to be less of a cultural focus, which can take some getting used to.
Smaller Job Market
There are less job opportunities in smaller communities as well—you may be noticing a theme here. In some states, there may only be a couple medium to larger sized cities, so if you work in a specialized field, you may want to find a small town that’s nearby for more job opportunities and a shorter commute. In towns of less than 20,000 people, you’re not likely to find many jobs in the tech industry for example. Many of the jobs center around manufacturing in rural areas, though you’ll probably find jobs available in health care in or around just about any town.