4 Advantages Of Urban Life We Rarely Think Of
Sometimes it’s hard to feel the love for your city. Urban life coming with some downsides and we all need a reminder every now and again of how good we have it. Here are some of the advantages of urban life we think most often slip under the radar.
City jobs are more resilient
Since the recession, getting jobs anywhere has been difficult but cities have had it easier than a lot of places. The cost of living is higher and wages in most industries aren’t going up to match but compared to rural areas, cities are still out ahead. A lot of rural industries are being killed off as a side effect of the recession.
Unlike rural industries, city businesses tend to have money coming in from multiple areas. While restaurants, bars and hobby shops might close during hard times, bigger chains and business sector jobs tend to survive and these create an economy to support local businesses. You don’t get this outside of cities, entire towns can be based around one industry. When that goes, it can drag other businesses in the town with it as they no longer have a customer base with enough money to keep them afloat.
Even if you work at Google, you’re probably not content with your current internet speed. The day we settle for current speeds is the day humanity dies. Whether you’re happy or not with your internet speed, one of the advantages of urban life is that you’re statistically more likely to have faster internet.
So cities suffer the problem of internet that’s slowed down by high traffic due to poor management by Internet Service Providers. Even then, the speed is better on average. In addition to this, even if the speed isn’t great, reception is usually consistent. Rural areas have much spottier coverage and there’s a surprising lack of broadband in some places outside of cities.
This is one of the advantages of urban life you won’t want to use. If you need it though, it’s great to know it’s there. While you’re statistically more likely to have a longer hospital stay if you live in a city, the quality of care is usually better. Hospitals in cities tend to have more money funded into them just because of the number of people who will be using the services. This means that urban hospitals tend to be the places with most of the cutting edge equipment. The downside here is that between the longer stays and treatments, you’ll probably end up paying more for your stay. The added cost isn’t great but it’s better than being dead.
Cities are the best places to live if you want to meet people. With the growth of dating apps in recent years this is easier than ever. Dating in general is easier in cities, you have more options of places to go and things to do. When it comes to dating apps like Tinder, being in a city means you’re going to come across a lot more matches.
Living in a rural area, there are less people around to swipe on. If you’re really badly located you might not have any choice on any dating app. Even worse, small town mentality will often keep people off dating apps making the pool of possible dates even smaller.