What Are Some Advantages and Disadvantages of Living in a Large City?

There are many advantages to living in a city, such as more cultural events, a broader diversity of people, better medical facilities, more jobs and more restaurants and shopping; however, there are many disadvantages to living in a city, such as overcrowding, higher noise levels, higher cost of living, higher crime rates, higher taxes, more air pollution and a lack of community that can be found in smaller towns. Whether or not a city is right for an individual will depend upon their interests.

One of the most well-known advantages to living in a city is the ability to be accepted. Cities are more likely to accept extreme or eccentric individuals because they traditionally have a wider diversity of people leading to a higher tolerance for others.

Perhaps the most well-known disadvantage to living in a city is a lack of land. People living in cities have smaller homes and pay more for them compared to people living in smaller towns.

Scientists and researchers have also found that living in a city changes people internally as well. Studies have shown that those who work in cities are more productive than those who live in rural areas.

Yet studies have also shown that cities create indifference in people. A famous 1977 experiment found that only 46 percent of city residents were willing to help a young child find his way home while 72 percent of a small town´s community were willing to help.