When it comes to transitioning to a new way of life, many people choose to move from a small town to a big city. However, while this move is documented in dozens of movies and TV shows, many others go in the opposite direction. Moving from the city to a small town can be equally jarring, particularly if you’ve lived in or around a big city for most of your life.
So, to help with the culture shock that can come from moving to a small town, here are five things to know before you pack up your boxes and settle into your new place.
1. Driving is a Must
One of the advantages of living in a big city is that public transportation is often abundant. Often, large cities have expansive rail networks connecting every corner to the other. So residents can drive less often. Sometimes, owning a car is too expensive, especially when considering parking, gas, and other maintenance costs.
In a small town, owning a car is much more essential. Since everything is typically further apart, you can’t just walk or ride down to the store. In some cases, the main road may be more than 20 minutes away by car, meaning it could take hours to go on foot. Plus, if you want to do anything outside of town, you need a car to get there. However, some small towns are much more centralized, so keep that in mind.
2. You’ll Need to Be More Social
In a small town, everyone tends to know each other by necessity. It’s also much easier to recognize people when there are only a few dozen individuals you’ll interact with regularly. People are more abt to keep to themselves in a city, but in a small town, talking is the norm. In fact, you may seem rude or standoffish if you don’t engage in conversations.
That’s not to say you need the gift of gab to live in a smaller town. However, a certain level of friendliness is common and cherished. At first, you may not talk to everyone, but after a while, it will become second nature, particularly if you do things in town often.
3. Cost of Living is Lower
One main reason people leave the city is the high cost of living. Everything from rent to food costs more, making it harder to make a living. In a small town, everything is often much more affordable.
That said, you won’t be able to find as many of the same items. While you can find a diverse selection of products, services, and foods in a big city, there are far fewer options in a small town.
4. Job Opportunities are Fewer
Just as you may not find different cuisines in a small town, job openings are also in short supply. Ideally, you can work from home or commute to a job nearby, but if you’re trying to move first and find a job afterward, you may be searching for a while.
5. Be Prepared to Be More Self-Sufficient
Big cities have tons of social services and businesses available seemingly 24/7. In a small town, you won’t have access to the same number of services. For example, there may be one or two mechanics, clinics, grocery stores, and hardware stores.
Since you can’t just call someone to fix something whenever it breaks, you’ll need to learn how to get by on your own. While you don’t have to become a master mechanic or carpenter, you should know how to handle minor issues.
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