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When one imagines living in New England, the first image that comes to mind is of a rustic little farm on a tree-covered hill straight out of a Robert Frost poem. But New England is also home to diverse cosmopolitan metropolises like Boston and Providence.

That begs the question—which side of the spectrum is best? While there isn’t one right answer, considering the pros and cons of city life vs. country life will help you decide for yourself.

City Life

Pros

Entertainment

Cities are full of things to do and places to visit, including theaters and museums. They’re also convenient, with a great number of shops and services reachable by public transit. Cities are perfect for those who like the hustle and bustle, whether they’re taking part in the action or not.

Opportunities

With more conveniences comes more opportunities. Cities tend to attract more companies, giving job-seekers more options. And for parents preparing to send their children to primary school or college, cities offer a wide range of choices without your student needing to venture too far from home.

Cons

Navigation

Cities can prove confusing to navigate, especially here on the East Coast, where the cities are often more than two hundred years old. Even just outside of New England in NYC, it takes a lot of strategy to navigate the city safely. This can lead to some safety hazards if you’re not careful.

Anonymity

Although cities have a higher popular density, they can often become lonely places. As busy as they are, they lend themselves to anonymity. But it isn’t impossible to make social connections in the city. With all the entertainment venues, you have many opportunities for it. It just takes more intentionality.

Country Life

Pros

Beauty of Nature

There’s a reason Robert Frost wrote so many poems about the New England countryside—it’s absolutely breathtaking all year round. Away from the air, sound, and light pollution of the city, it’s easier to appreciate the stars, cleaner air, and quiet evenings.

Social Life

Beyond the flora and fauna, country towns themselves are charming places. And after becoming a “regular” at the local restaurants and shops, you’ll know your neighbors. This makes it easy to make more personal connections.

Cons

Limited Conveniences

We can classify size as both a pro and con of city and country life, depending on our personality. The quaint size of country towns makes them accessible, but it limits your options for nightlife adventures and conveniences like shops, schools, and jobs.

Natural Dangers

You’re less likely to get robbed in the country, but humans aren’t the only ones you need be wary of. Living in the country leaves you more exposed to critters like squirrels, raccoons, and coyotes. While you probably won’t get attacked in broad daylight, they may wreak havoc on your trash cans.