Small towns were once the lifeblood of this nation. Before the interstate highway system bypassed most small towns, there were thriving hamlets all over the United States. Now, small towns are much more isolated, which, while not as good for the economy, creates a tighter-knit community and a stronger sense of belonging. Small town living may not be for everyone, but for many who have grown up with it, there’s no better life. The city may have lots of opportunities and excitement, but small town life is far superior in a myriad of ways. Here are 10 reasons why living in a small town is better.
10. There is less crime.
Living in a small town means, statistically, that there will be less crime. Crime doesn’t disappear altogether, especially if your small town is on the outskirts of a large city, but there is a lot less of a chance that you’ll be the victim of a crime.
9. There is no rush hour.
Small town life means small commutes, no sitting in traffic, and no road rage. You don’t go flipping the bird to someone because, most likely, you know the person behind the wheel.
8. There are more opportunities for community involvement.
It’s a lot easier to get civically involved in a small town. You have a higher chance of becoming the Mayor or at least a city councilman than you would in a larger city.
7. Connecting with strangers is a lot easier.
It doesn’t matter if you’re on the opposite end of the world, when you meet someone who actually knows where your town is and has been there, BOOM. Instant friends. Even when you’re meeting a new person in your hometown, you already have so much in common simply from living in the same small space.
6. There is no light pollution.
No skyscrapers and no big box stores means no bright lights to block out the constellations.
5. You don’t have to drive everywhere.
Chances are, you’re going to drive around when you’re bored. But the thing about small towns is… they’re small. So you can walk places if you want to. Not everywhere maybe, but some places.
4. You love the unique traditions.
If you’re not from Gonzales, Texas, then maybe you’ve never heard of Come and Take it days. If you didn’t grow up around Floresville, you might not know about the peanut festival. So maybe it’s a little weird to outsiders, but you love it.
3. Sunday is an *actual* day of rest.
Stores are closed, people go to church and eat at the home of a friend or relative. They read the paper, maybe watch a game on TV if there’s one on. And then, of course, nap time.
2. Everyone knows each other.
Alright, so sometimes this is a double-edged sword, but if you’re keeping out of trouble, it can be a very good thing to know most of the people in your town. Car break down? Chances are your neighbor will give you a ride, or come see if they can help fix it. Don’t expect that kind of behavior in the city where everyone assumes you’re an axe murderer.
1. You have a strong feeling of belonging.
They say you can’t go home again, but that’s not true if you’re from a small town. No matter how long its been since you’ve been there, no matter if your family moved away, going to your hometown and being around all the places and people you grew up with is like coming home.