The pros and cons city life vs village life is a longstanding debate. Village life has benefits, such as access to nature and fresh air, close-knit communities and a lack of noise and light pollution. Some people prefer the quiet life you can lead in rural areas. However, city life has many benefits over villages. As big city populations increase, so do businesses. People have fast access to their needs and wants in cities. As time passes, more and more people all over the world leave villages and move to cities, seeking a new life.


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Children growing up in villages do not have as much access to education as children in cities. Village people may not have enough children to create a village school that goes all the way through high school; these kids must go to cities to continue their education. One of the advantages of city life is access to multiple forms of education such as colleges and universities. Libraries and museums are available in cities. City people have more access to entertainment in the form of movie theaters, shopping malls, cinemas, amusement parks and restaurants. Public transportation systems in cities are often better than in villages, meaning city dwellers don’t have to be as reliant on personal forms of transportation.

Health and Safety

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Villages may have a local doctors' clinic, but cities often have multiple medical facilities and doctors specializing in even rare conditions. In a city, ambulances and firetrucks may take only minutes to arrive at the scene. One of the disadvantages of village life is that getting to a healthcare facility in an emergency may take precious time. One of the advantages of living in cities is that police are readily accessible. When crime is committed, police arrive on the scene quickly and have access to the latest technology to solve the crime.


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Country life usually includes a close community of families that all know each other. While there is less noise pollution and lower crime rates in urban areas, living in a small town can create a lack of privacy, as neighbors often know what is going on with each other's lives. In city life, there is more hustle and a high population, which for many people creates a better quality of life. In cities, people live in apartments, lofts and townhouses that are built with privacy in mind. Windows are usually supplied with privacy shades and people lock their doors when they aren't home.

Work and Careers

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Villages have a smaller population than cities, so there are fewer jobs available. While the cost of living may be higher, living in the city provides people with thousands of job opportunities. Professionals have access to large businesses, hospitals and educational facilities for work opportunities. People with less education can more readily find jobs in customer service or entry-level jobs. Even specialized jobs and careers focused around the arts are viable in a city with a large population.