Urban Versus Rural Living Essay
Kellis Richardson Ms. Carter English 1113-12659 07 September 2012 Urban versus Rural Living People all over the United States decide on a daily basis on where they want to live. First off people have to understand what defines rural from urban. The United States Census Bureau classifies an urban environment as having a population density of at least one thousand people per square mile. Any area surrounding those census blocks with a population density of five hundred or fewer people per square mile are classified as rural (U. S. Census Bureau).
In terms of living in an urban or rural setting the potential residents must compare and contrast four basic items: education, health, jobs and stress. Education is extremely important when deciding to live in rural or urban areas. In most rural areas the schools are public and only go up to the eighth grade. The students will then transfer to the nearest city/town to attend high school. A benefit to this is that the student to teacher ratio is about 15:1(Richardson), whereas bigger towns and cities have an average student to teacher ratio of 30:1(Blankenship).
The smaller class allows the teacher to spend more one on one time with each student. In an urban setting, parents have a number of choices available for the education of their children and can often select from a long list of both public and private school districts. Urban areas also have better funded schools which allow for the students to have access to computers and up to date textbooks every year. With both areas offering different education avenues it is up to the parents to determine how they want their kids to learn.
Another important factor to consider is the types of jobs that both areas offer. This is one of the drawbacks to living in a rural area. Residents do not have the best opportunity to choose from numerous employment options. One reason for this is the lack of transportation services offered in small rural areas. Although they can commute to the larger towns and cities; this can get extremely expensive making it, in some cases, not worth the expense of gas and wear and tear of the person’s vehicle.
Most of the jobs in a rural township consist of factory work or working in one of the local shops. With this people get to know all of their neighbors and become friends with everyone around them. In urban areas the jobs are plentiful. The residents have choices such as: analyst, engineer, scientist, executive etc. They also have mass transit to make commuting easier as well. A draw-back to this is that urbanites seem to always be in a hurry and never really get to talk to one another. People who live in urban and rural areas have varying levels of health and physical activity.
This is due to the differences in the environment the people grow up in. In a rural environment children are more likely to play and run around outside. They are not exposed to all of the harsh toxins in the air. They breathe in clean fresh air every day and eat more fresh food and home cooked meals due to the limited access to fast food. Rural areas do not have immediate access to the specialty doctors and gyms or personal trainers such as urbanites. Urban communities are surrounded by health professionals and recreational resources such as youth soccer and baseball.
They have a better understanding of the benefits of good health because they are surrounded by campaigns and advertisements promoting it. When comparing both types of environments families cannot leave out stress. Living in a rural area allows the residents to enjoy a leisurely walk in the park. They do not have to fight with the traffic and crowded sidewalks as with in an urban setting. They do not have to deal with a high crime rate. In most cases people who live in a rural community pay fewer taxes.
Where as in an urban setting the residents have to fight constant stop and go rush hour traffic, deal with an extremely high crime rate due to the fact that there is more opportunity for crime in a major city. It also cost more to live in a larger city or town. A person would have to budget for things such as water, sewage. In a rural setting you put your own well in and you have a septic tank. There are are four main comparisons to consider when choosing to live in an urban or rural setting. It doesn’t matter what place a person chooses to spend their life, both places are equally as good.
It all comes down to the personal choice of what they want out of life. If they want a good education that they can pay for, choose urban. If they want an almost stress free life, choose rural. Therefore, it is important that someone consider all the possibilities that fit their lifestyle and convenience them. Works Cited Richardson, Jena. Student, Strain Japan R-16. Personal Interview, 14 Sep. 2012. Blankenship, Heidi. Student, St. Louis Public School. Personal Interview, 14 Sep. 2012. U. S. Census Bureau, “Census 2000 Urban and Rural Classification”. U. S. Census Bureau Geography Division. 2011. Web. 4 Sept. 2012