Pros and Cons of Living in a Big City

The events of the past few years have left many of us reevaluating where and how we work and live. As you look for a change of scenery, you might be wondering if city or country/suburban life is right for you. We’ve already given you a few things to consider before moving to the country, so here are some pros and cons to keep in mind before packing up and heading to a big city.

Pros of Living in a Big City

There’s a reason big cities attract big populations. With endless activities, great food, and better jobs, it’s no surprise many people dream of making the move. Advantages of living in the city include:

More Job Opportunities

Large corporations tend to flock to cities, and one look at city skyscrapers will give you a good idea of what companies you can apply to. Whether you’re interested in the corporate world, retail, the medical field, or something in between, there’ll be no shortage of job openings. And many of these jobs come with higher salaries than you’ll find outside the city. 

Tons of Entertainment and Dining Options

City life is bustling, and you will always find things to do. From Instagram-worthy brunch spots to cozy local cafes to vibrant nightclubs, there are options that fit every lifestyle and mood. 

Better Access to Public Transportation 

In many cities, you can easily get around thanks to public transit. Buses, subways, trams, and even rentable electric scooters and bikes make transportation a breeze — all without the need for a car. 


Don’t feel like riding the bus? When you live closer to the heart of the city, you can often find most things you need within walking distance, whether it’s a little bodega for groceries around the corner or a hip restaurant for dinner a few blocks away. 

Cons of Living in a Big City

While city life has a ton to offer, it can also come with drawbacks, especially if you’re used to a more rural environment. Disadvantages of living in the city include:

More People

Cities attract a lot of people, which can definitely be a con if you like personal space. Sidewalks, grocery stores, bars, and other public places are more crowded in the city than they are in the country. Plus, to fit more people in, apartments and residential spaces might be smaller than you’d like.

Higher Cost of Living

With more people concentrated in a city, the cost of living tends to be a lot higher than in the suburbs or rural areas. You might find more job opportunities with higher salaries in the city, but you also have to think about the larger price tag on rent, groceries, and other necessities.


Because cities have so much going on, they tend to be noisy. You have to worry about the noise from traffic, police sirens, large groups of people walking down the street, nearby concerts, trains, and planes. If you enjoy your peace and quiet, city life might not be for you. 

Parking Can Be a Struggle 

Depending on where you live in the city, you might not have all the same benefits of living in a downtown apartment. You may not be able to walk everywhere and your public transportation options could be limited, which can cause you to rely on a car.  Unfortunately, many cities don’t have great parking, leaving you circling the block a few dozen times for an open spot or paying an arm and a leg to park in a garage.

City vs. Suburb: Which Is Right for You?

When considering the differences between city vs. country living, the only person who knows which one is better is you. Maybe the pros of city life outweigh the cons for you or vice versa.  Whether you choose to make the move to a major metropolis or are looking to slink out to the suburbs, CORT is here to help. 

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