9 Signs You Might Just Hate Leaving City Life Behind
By Julie Ryan Evans | Dec 15, 2016
There’s a time in every city dweller’s life when he or she ponders what life might be like someplace where the grass might be greener—or heck, that there might be any grass at all. You start dreaming of a backyard, of peace and quiet, of lazy cul-de-sacs, and of space. So much space.
Before you get too carried away with reveries of fleeing the city, there are some lifestyle issues you might want to consider. While moving to a rural or suburban environment has its perks, it’s simply not for everyone.
Here are a nine signs to tip you off that deep down, you might just be a city mouse through and through.
Sign No. 1: You’re a bad driver
Let’s face it, some people just should never be allowed behind a wheel, even sober. They are a menace to society. Or, perhaps you can drive and just hate being stuck behind a wheel, in traffic, the will to live draining out of you before you’ve even started your day at the office.
In either case, such people are best served in a city where they can hop on buses, trains, and the occasional taxi to get where they need to go. Plus, the price of a car, gas, and insurance may well cancel out any savings you may gain from moving to a less expensive area.
Sign No. 2: You love having a wide variety of food options
Sushi at 2 p.m.? Pho at 4 a.m.? Raw, pressed guava juice at dawn? A city’s patchwork of ethnicities and preferences results in a plethora of food choices. The farther away you go, the more your options dwindle. And sorry, they just don’t deliver beyond a 1-mile radius, so you’d better like pizza and wildly-inauthentic “Chinese” takeout.
Sign No. 3: You prefer to fly under the radar
Does the thought of running into your neighbors and making chitchat at the gas station, the grocery store, and every red light make you worry you’re being stalked? Then you might be better off in the urban jungle, where passers-by will completely ignore you as you chew out your kids at the grocery store or drink like a sailor on Friday night. If you don’t know your neighbors by name and like it that way, the city is likely the place for you.
Sign No. 4: All that space kind of terrifies you
Ever notice how horror flicks always take place in remote cabins in the woods? It’s because way, way out there, no one can hear you scream as some guy in a ski mask busts down your door. At least in a city, you can see every nook and cranny of your apartment from your couch, rather than wonder if someone’s hiding in your basement or guest room closet waiting to pounce while you’re sleeping.
There’s an odd sense of safety in this. While crime rates may be higher in the city than in the country, you’d take a dark alley over a cornfield (remember “Children of the Corn”?!) any day.
Sign No. 5: Silence makes you want to scream
And that quiet tranquility? Eerie. If honking horns and sirens are your white noise, keep sleeping peacefully in the city.
Sign No. 6: You love being on the cutting edge
If you pride yourself on being the first to rock a trend/see a show/wear the latest fashion, the slow trickle of these things beyond the city wall just might slowly kill your creative juices.
Sign No. 7: Nature makes you itchy
Sure, you can appreciate a good park bench, but if the thought of mowing grass, trimming hedges, and figuring out how to get rid of hairy chinch bugs makes you break out in hives, you may be more of a concrete street kind of dweller. There’s always the zoo if you’re craving a cute animal sighting, right?
Sign No. 8: You get bored easily
We’re not calling the suburbs boring exactly, but if you like the constant bustle of gallery openings, plays, new restaurants, museums, and thriving hum of activity, you might want to stick it out in the big city. These things happen outside the city streets, but not nearly as frequently and you have to work harder to find them and get there.
Sign No. 9: You don’t want to be that nice
There’s a big difference between being rude and just not being friendly. City dwellers are very good at the latter—and like it that way. The number of questions strangers ask you on a daily basis increases exponentially the farther you move from the city—many of them involving weather. If you’d rather just put your headphones on and grunt once or twice a day, the city is your true home.
If the city is the place for you, that doesn’t mean you still won’t dream of suburbia some days when the subway is stuck, you spilled your $8 cup of coffee, and your upstairs neighbor tap-danced all night. Just remember, though, that while the grass may be greener out there—that grass also has to be fertilized, mowed, trimmed, edged, and raked. You might prefer to be sipping overpriced craft cocktails at brunch on Saturday morning instead.