Our Mortal Metropolis: Advantages Of Living In A City

Last week, we took a sneaky peek at aspects of city life that are not, well, especially appealing. Cost, pollution, crime…We’re not going to lie, it was a tough one to write. If you missed it, you can catch it right here. Let us know what you think! Did we get anything wrong? Were we perhaps unfair? Or did you have a long list of points that we could have included? What would you have put on the list? Be kind, but be fair.

This week, however, is a brand new week. The sun is out. People are smiling. Heck, we might even have an ice cream later.

Why are we in such a good mood? Well, today we get to talk about all of those things that make city life so great. And, let’s face it, it’s not all bad, is it? Of course, Edinburgh is great all of the time. But not all cities are so lucky. Not at all…Look at Glasgow!

The truth is, living in a city, any city, has some super plus points. And, quite often, they completely outweigh any minuses.

Don’t believe us? How very dare you! Well, let’s take a look, shall we? Advantages of living in a city? Get ready for the mic drop.

Amenities: It should come as no surprise to you to know that cities tend to have an awful lot to keep you entertained all through the year. If you’ve lived in a town for ten years, it’s quite likely that you’ve done pretty much everything there is to do. In a city, however, you may very well still only be scratching the surface. Cinemas, restaurants, bars, cafes…You’ll never be short of things to do, see and enjoy.

Big Events: Like concerts? Or maybe large sports events? If you live, or decide to live, in a city, it’s quite likely that these sorts of things are going to be far more accessible to you than if you were out in the sticks. Living in Edinburgh, we all know about the festivals and the wonderful Christmas celebrations every year. The Six Nations, The Highland Show…It goes on and on.

Meeting People: With such a large population, you are going to meet all kinds of people of different cultures and creeds literally on a daily basis. From a mathematical standpoint, you are just simply more likely to come across someone you get on with if there are more people around and in the mix. And with a variety of clubs and meeting points to take advantage of, making friends and broadening your mind should be a doddle.

Job Opportunities: A city full of companies means a whole host of potential career options on the horizon. You will certainly find things here that you won’t find elsewhere. And, in all likelihood, the wages are going to be much, much higher. Sure, as we pointed out last week, it’s generally more expensive to live in the city, so a healthier wage packet will be necessary. But, get the set up right, and you’ll be well on your way to having a happier pocket than you’ve ever had before. And, with a mass transport system, you can ditch the car and take the bus, train or, even, walk! Result!

Medical Care: With so many of the highest quality hospitals and doctor’s surgeries located in cities, you will have the very best hands at the tips of your fingers. With faster emergency response times and access to the very best of what the medical world has to offer, you really are in the right place, should such services be required. And, with people walking more, cycling more, having better access to healthier food and social meetings, you’re physical and mental health could actually get a nice little boost. You’ll be fitter, stronger and, hopefully, happier. Now, what’s more important than that?

So, there you have it. Living in the city has its great advantages. It might not be for everyone. Each to their own, as the saying goes. But if you have ever been put off the idea of moving to a more populated area, or already live in such a place and our considering a different sort of existence, do remember some of the positives that you will be leaving behind.

And with that, there is only one final thing to add…Mic drop.