Moving out of NYC
January 10, 2023

Small Town vs Big City Pros

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Because of culture shock, moving from a small town to a big city can often be overwhelming (and vice versa). Even though you might live in the same country and follow the same laws, small and large cities have very different cultures. Some people may find adjusting to their new lives difficult, while others may view it with skepticism.

A small town always has a great support network

You should be ready for the many lifestyle adjustments that will occur throughout the process so that you can adjust more simply and comfortably. Here are some pointers for relocating from a small to a large city.

Small Town Pros

A small city is considered to be a city of 100,000 people or fewer. Living in a small city has its pros and cons, but today we’ll focus mainly on the pros. 

Less crime

Small cities often have a lower crime rate than large cities since they are not as densely populated. This is because if a crime is committed in a small city, word will go out quickly and you'll be readily located. Additionally, because everyone in small cities knows one another, it is simple to spot a criminal because there is nowhere for them to hide for an extended period without being discovered.

A tight-knit community

Residents of small towns frequently attend the same community activities and attend the same schools and recreational facilities. This fosters a friendly atmosphere for families and broad community support. Although growing up and residing in a small town can occasionally feel monotonous, it is something to be treasured since once you move to a larger city, the community often thinks that its support is inadequate. Due to their hectic schedules and constant employment, residents of large cities sometimes struggle to fit in extracurricular activities or community gatherings.

Easy connections

Living in a small town means knowing a lot of people because practically everyone is acquainted with one another. As a result, it is possible to forge strong bonds that can last for many years, if not a lifetime. This connection may also be beneficial if you're trying to find work or require information on insurance, healthcare, or other issues. As a result, it is quite advantageous because you will nearly always receive assistance from the contacts you have made.

Less traffic

Small towns sometimes have only one or two main streets that lead to the city center, which reduces traffic. Small towns are also fantastic places to save money on gas and get some exercise because most people don't require cars because everything is typically close by. 

Excellent support network

"It takes a village," as the proverb says. Because everyone in small communities wants to see one another succeed, there is a strong network of support. It's widely known that you can always knock on a neighbor's door for assistance or just to say hello.

Big City Pros

Any city that has a population of more than 1,000,000 is considered big. Now, imagine moving from a city with less than 10% of that. It can get overwhelming, but it is possible to adjust smoothly, especially during the first few weeks after moving in.

One of the biggest setbacks of a big city is traffic

Job opportunities

Opportunities are plentiful in large cities because of the higher density of businesses and industries. With so many carriers to pick from, you will find something for yourself here. There is a good probability that if you move here for work, your career will advance more quickly (though that depends on the type of career). Utilize the possibilities and focus on developing your career. 

Numerous activities

Because it is a large city, there are more parks and recreational opportunities. Most hobbies are catered to by many hobby centers, and you can even find a small group of individuals who share your passion or pastime. In this way, you can enjoy your favorite activity while also making friends.

Good social life

Due to the size of the city, the likelihood of having a good social life is very high. The majority of folks meet up for drinks after work and picnics or weekend brunches. A big city will be a perfect fit if you enjoy being outside and meeting new people. 

Best medical services

Compared to big cities, where there are more resources and medical facilities, most small towns offer substandard healthcare. Given the necessity of medical treatment, this is a desirable advantage. Ensure you get health insurance, even though it can be pricey. You'll have assistance in doing so. 

You will be in good hands because the hospitals are larger and provide more services for procedures and therapy.

Broad transportation network

There are many options available to you because large cities have a vast transportation network. Depending on where you live and work, you may choose to utilize public transportation or a private vehicle. If you choose to use a personal vehicle, though, be mindful of the traffic. Traffic in large cities is a well-known problem, particularly during rush hour. You'll need to pace yourself to avoid being caught in traffic. 

In large cities like New York, the majority of people use public transportation since it is quicker and more effective. So, if you're moving to a big city, consider this.


Both small cities and large cities offer advantages and disadvantages, but if you've been considering moving from one to the other, it's important to balance the two. You'll feel more assured in your choice as a result, and you'll be more ready for what is ahead. 

When making a shift, there are no rules; if you feel that it's time for a transformation and progress, go for it. Think about your job, your means of transportation, your health, and even the schools your kids will attend. Yes, starting over in a new city won't be simple. But all will turn out well in the end.

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