10 Things to Love About Rural Living

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Escape to the country… Here are the things to love about rural living. After living in urban and suburban environments, I am now back to living a rural lifestyle. Is this for everybody? Maybe not. But I sure do enjoy rural living 52 weeks a year in a place where I used to vacation for two weeks a year.

Why Do People Escape to the Country

Apart from the years I spent as an urban dweller, I have lived most of my life in the country. For me, it is the only real choice. If you’re like me, then you know what I’m talking about.

City living doesn’t have a lot going for it if you are trying to set up a homestead. There is noise, pollution, traffic, and an excessive number of people. None of these are appealing to me as I prefer a slower, stress-free pace.

Also, a benefit to rural living is having land and space. When I lived in the big city, I just had room for a small garden and tiny workshop area in my garage. There wasn’t the feeling of being in touch with my surroundings the way I was when living a rural lifestyle.

My life in the country is different in virtually every way. Surrounded by the soft sounds of nature, I have plenty of opportunities to contemplate my thoughts or carry on a conversation. The air is crisp and clear.

When the sun goes down, I feel like I have a front seat in the audience for viewing the entire Milky Way. I sometimes go for days without seeing another person except those who live with me, yet I’m never lonely.

There’s just so much to see and do. My garden always needs tending, and I have animals that make for incredibly good company.

10+ Things to Love About Rural Living

One of the best things about country living is being able to be so close to nature. During my years in the city, I felt nearly cut off from nature. All of my walks involved asphalt and concrete. Seeing some grass, let alone walking on it, was rare.

The trees I saw tended to be less than impressive. Flowers were nearly unheard of unless I was walking past a restaurant, storefront, or hotel with potted flowers. Everything was maintained and manicured. Things are incredibly different where I live now.

For miles around, I can explore pastures, meadows, and forests. The gently rolling landscape is just perfect for enjoying a healthy walk, and you can bet that I’m out there pretty nearly 365 days a year.

I will admit that as I have gotten older, the terrain has become a little more difficult to handle. It’s only natural that after many years of activity I would experience some joint stiffness and other mild complaints.

We were fortunate our home is a ranch style, without stairs. But on the other hand, rural living keeps me moving. I have a reason to go outside and be active. I have things to do and places to do them that I didn’t have when I lived in an urban area.

Benefits of Rural Living

1. I don’t spend 10% of each day commuting

For years, I commuted in the morning, and then again at night. Like many people, I repeated the cycle five days a week. What a waste of time, energy, and emotional well-being! Nowadays, my vehicle of choice is a tractor, and there’s hardly any traffic!

Certainly, it helps that I’m retired now, but thanks to advancements in technology and the rise of remote work opportunities, many people are choosing to live and work in rural settings. A recent report by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) found that 25% of all U.S. jobs can now be done remotely, opening up possibilities for individuals and families who may have previously been limited by location.

As long as you have access to high-speed internet, you can work in a rural setting and enjoy the benefits of a slower pace of life, while still maintaining a successful career. This flexibility is a major advantage of rural living in today’s world.

2. I am happy when I wake up

I don’t dread a new day. Each day is a new one full of adventure, projects and challenges. The old routine called the “daily grind” is history. I have the opportunity to learn about new hobbies and the space to do them. When I lived in the city, in my spare time at home, I was limited in what I could do.

3. I live in a safe environment

I leave my keys in my truck. My house is unlocked. My dogs are the best doorbell I’ve ever had! It’s so quiet, when someone drives up my driveway, I often hear them. I can hear owls and birds.

It’s amazing to have my windows open and enjoy fresh air. … and the peace of mind that comes with it.

Statistics back this up, with rural areas generally having lower crime rates compared to cities. This sense of security allows me to truly relax and appreciate the simple things, like leaving my windows open to enjoy the fresh air and the sounds of nature.

Ten Things to Love About Rural Living
Ten things to love about rural living

4. I know where most of my food comes from

No more worry about food scarcity and where my food is coming from. My food doesn’t have unknown additives, pesticides, hormones, enhancers, and other stuff that just isn’t good for you.

My food has flavor, too. If you ever grow tomatoes or grow carrots… anything to eat… you’ll notice the difference from what you buy in the supermarket. Learn about what grows in your area, and you can start planting.

5. Possible improved health and wellbeing

It’s not just the peace and quiet that makes rural living so appealing. Studies have shown that people who live in rural areas tend to have lower rates of heart disease, obesity, and depression compared to those in urban environments. This could be due to several factors:

  • Increased physical activity: Rural living often involves more outdoor activities like gardening, yard work, and spending time in nature, which can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
  • Reduced exposure to air pollution: Rural areas generally have cleaner air compared to cities, which can benefit both physical and mental health.
  • Stronger sense of community: Rural communities often have a closer-knit feel, which can provide social support and reduce feelings of isolation.

However, it’s important to acknowledge that access to healthcare services can be more limited in rural areas compared to urban centers. This can be a challenge for individuals with chronic health conditions or those requiring specialized care.

6. Things are growing all around me

I am surrounded by real life—living things. I can look at my garden and watch my own livestock from my kitchen window. On my way into town one day, I saw literally hundreds of deer and wild turkeys.

I really enjoy watching the eagles soaring above me as I work on my property. All of this is very calming. It makes me appreciate the wonder of each day in ways I didn’t when I was rushing here and there.

I’m still learning about the trees, bushes and plants on my property. Each season, I gain new skills and want to plant more things. Next year, I am setting up a small orchard with irrigation (after I buy a second rainwater cistern).

This is something I love about rural living. I can learn about new plants and grow different types of food, and I have the room to do it.

7. I can raise animals

If you’re an animal lover or want to raise them for food, you can do it. Many people move to a rural living environment for raising livestock or to start raising backyard chickens without worrying about HOA’s and other neighborhood or city restrictions.

In addition, you likely won’t need to worry about a rooster annoying your neighbors.

You may choose to raise animals for a meat source, for milk (can make soap, etc.), for eggs, and/or to sell. 

In addition, in my rural setting, I can be catching a fish in thirty minutes or foraging in five. For certain, I couldn’t do that in my suburban neighborhood.

Things to Love About Rural Living
Get the family involved in rural living

8. My kids are learning about life

When kids live in a rural area, they have the opportunity to know where their food is coming from. Even more, they are responsible for some of that. They are able to follow their desires and passions, whether it is growing food, flowers, or tending animals.

Through more outside experiences and chores, kids learn responsibility, following steps to get results, and learning to become self-sufficient. Everyone pitches in; it doesn’t always seem like a “chore” to them.

The kids run around and play, and I don’t have to worry. They no longer “have nothing to do,” and spend less time playing video games.

9. More opportunities for sustainably

More land means more opportunity. There’s a lot you can do on a quarter acre or less of land.

In addition to acquiring new skills and hobbies on my rural property, I have been able to live more sustainably. I never would have thought to start composting when I lived in the city but here it feels like a natural, easy thing to do. I’m more used to using more of what I have and not wasting.

I learned about solar panels and had them installed on the roof of our home and have lowered our energy bills. In addition, I set up a rainwater collection system to capture rainwater. We use this water all year for many things. It’s an ongoing resource: We use the water, and it rains, and we collect more rainwater.

In addition, we grow our own vegetables, some fruits, and herbs. I had a small area when I lived in the city but now I have lots of space and can maximize the sunlight.

There’s a big space for my workshop, and I’ve learned to build raised garden beds from pallets. I’ve also built a lot of furniture. Now, before I buy something, I look up directions for how to make it myself. Many times, I can.

We are always learning new skills. Like I said, we are starting an orchard next year. We are using this time to learn about different types of food-producing trees. Many people make turn their hobbies into making money farming through multiple income streams

10. I know my neighbors

While I lived in closer proximity to my neighbors when I lived in an urban setting, I know my neighbors more now that they are farther away. We help each other with projects or just stand around and talk. When we pass on the road, they always make time to stop and say hello.

In my last neighborhood, I barely knew or even saw my neighbors. It was a different lifestyle. People were busy commuting and always on the go.

This was an unexpected thing I’ve grown to love about rural living… being part of a community and feeling other’s people’s joys and sorrows like they are my own. There’s a real sense of community.

Now, some people may prefer to be more off to themselves, and that’s okay too. For the most part, if you want to be social, you will find it. If you don’t, your neighbors will understand that too.

11. It’s easier on the wallet / lower cost of living

Let’s face it, finances are a major consideration for everyone. One of the biggest advantages of rural living is the generally lower cost of living compared to urban areas. This can have a significant impact on your financial well-being. Here’s where rural living shines:

  • Housing: Housing costs, including purchase or rental prices, are typically much lower in rural areas compared to cities. This translates to more affordable living and potentially freeing up more of your budget for other priorities.
  • Taxes: Depending on the specific location, property taxes and sales taxes can be lower in rural areas compared to urban centers.

Rural life often means shorter commutes or the ability to walk or bike for errands, leading to less reliance on personal vehicles and potentially lower fuel costs. Car insurance rates may be lower in rural areas due to less traffic and lower risk factors.

It’s important to note: While these are some of the financial benefits of rural living, be sure to consider other factors like potential job opportunities and income levels, which can also vary significantly between rural and urban areas.

12. My family is somewhat protected from potential issues in the future

All is not well in the economic, political and global environments. Unemployment, home foreclosures, civil unrest… are things really getting better? No.

The consequences of all of this will be hitting the urban areas much more than the rural areas. I can close myself off from the world and not miss anything. In many ways, my mind is less stressed as I go about my business on my little bit of land.

Why Do People Like Living in Rural Areas?

There are many reasons people like living in rural areas. Many of us are so used to living in a fast-paced world, and the only time we slow down is for our one vacation a year (if we are lucky). And even planning for that is stressful.

But imagine being able to live somewhere where you feel relaxed the majority of the time… where it feels like time stands still some days. That’s what rural living is like.

Living in rural areas gives you time to enjoy where you are. You can’t always just get up and go shopping or to a restaurant to distract yourself.

It’s an overall slower pace. In addition, you’ll likely have a bit more land which will enable you to do more things outside. You might find you enjoy gardening or finally be able to buy that horse you’ve always dreamed about.

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Rural Life?

Like living anywhere, there are advantages and disadvantages of rural life. Above, i discussed the 10 things to love about rural living.

There is fresh air and just overall feeling more connected to nature. You will likely be able to do more because you will have some land. And you won’t have to worry about city codes about having animals such as chickens or raising goats. 

Living in a rural setting means an opportunity to live more sustainably or off the grid in ways you can’t do in the city.

There are disadvantages of rural living too. You may find yourself farther away from family. This can be difficult if you wish to care for aging parents or want to be close to your children and/or grandchildren.

If you have school-aged children, a disadvantage to living farther out means it takes longer to get to and from school. Many people may see this as an opportunity to home school. By not being on a schedule and with the opportunity to live off the land, children can learn many skills.

You may need to be more of a planner if you live farther away from stores. Some people live an hour away from a grocery store. But you can still be in a rural setting and be closer.

You may be farther from doctors, hospitals, police and fire stations.

Another disadvantage is if you have well water. In some rural areas, you may not have access to high-speed internet. (This can also be considered an advantage for some people!)

In rural areas, another disadvantage is power outages. Though they may be infrequent, when they happen, they may last longer than areas with high population density. You may find in time it’s helpful to get a generator.

How Do You Adjust to Rural Living?

For some people, it takes awhile to adjust to rural living. I know when we moved away from a big city, we were surprised we could hear birds chirping at 5am outside our rural home. That took some getting used to! Yet, in the city, we were nearby public transportation and shopping, and slept through everything.

It may take some time to let your shoulders down and relax. Just taking some time to wander around your home and property, exploring and seeing what you have and the potential.

You can start thinking about some things you may want to do in time. The great thing is there isn’t a timeline. You can settle in and think about some things you’ve always wanted to try but never had the time or space to do.

You can make a list of everything and then organize it according to importance, budget, and season. This will help you adjust to rural living. You will start thinking about the possibilities instead of thinking about what you left behind. Perhaps you will learn about greenhouse plants or how to compost.

You may need to think differently about shopping and learn how to store food long term so you don’t have to go shopping frequently if you live far away from the grocery store. 

What Is the Difference Between Rural and Urban Life?

There are many differences between rural and urban life.

Population density:

For one, the population density will be much less in a rural environment. You will likely be farther away from your neighbors.

More land:

You may have more land living in a rural setting versus an urban area. Whether that’s a quarter of an acre or 10+ acres. This means you can garden, raise animals, and do other things you wouldn’t have space to do in the city. In addition, there won’t be ordinances against whatever you want to do.


In many ways, it will be quieter. You won’t have traffic from people coming and going.

No public transportation:

There won’t be public transportation nearby. 

You won’t have access to all the stores and amenities:

Stores, restaurants, and entertainment will be farther away. This is the same with hospitals, schools, and places of worship. 

Sense of community:

There may be more of a sense of community in rural areas than in urban areas.

Finding Joy Living in a Rural Area

There are so many great things about living in a rural area. You will be forced to slow down. In many ways, you may be more active given you will be out on your property working on projects. There are so many possibilities for what you can do.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to live in a rural or urban environment is a personal one. While rural living offers numerous benefits for health and well-being, you have to weigh the potential drawbacks too. There are differences between urban and rural healthcare, transportation, and job opportunities.

Be aware of all factors and conduct your own due diligence to determine the best fit for your individual circumstances.

If you think it’s something you can and want to do, start making strides to see what it will take for you to experience a rural lifestyle 24/7.

12 thoughts on “10 Things to Love About Rural Living”

  1. For me, it is being humbled daily by the glory of nature and the landscape which surrounds me. To watch the weather change, minute by minute, the closeness to the nature which chooses to visit us and share our lives, and the lack of traffic, sirens, and clatter of urban living.
    I have an art gallery in Snowdonia, Wales, with 210 degree mountain views, and every second is one of sheer joy when I’m out amongst it taking photos or working with those around me.

  2. Graeme, you must be surrounded by inspiration in every view from your gallery! Your photos are beautiful–I’ll have to go back to your website and spend some time looking through the galleries. Thanks for joining us!

  3. As a native of Chicago who never thought about leaving the big city, I am happy the Lord led me away. I left big city living in 2005, and not looking back. I spent 5 yrs in W. TN where we had 15 1/2 acres and could not see a house from our porch. In 2010 we moved to Louisiana and have an acre, I can see the neighbors, and they can see me too close. While everyone gets along I prefer more space, love country living. The biggest thing I love is not having to deal with neighbors attitudes.
    Followed you here from the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop.

  4. Joyce, thanks for stopping by! We moved here from a home where we could talk to our neighbors from our respective back decks without shouting. Now we can’t see another house from our porches. Quite a difference!

  5. I like the quiet. And I like that people you don’t even know will wave as you go by.
    Have a blessed weekend. ♥

  6. A great post — lots of things to love about living the country life. You named several of my favorites! xo

  7. Oh yes these are the reasons I live in the country and will continue to do so till I no longer live. The biggest one being the “neighbour” family outside your house you create. Great reasons. B

  8. I have recently realized that I had gotten ‘use’ to my rural surroundings. After visiting family in a large town, I could not wait until I got home. Even became ‘closed in on’ in town. I have been very fortunate to live very rural for 25 years. I couldn’t go back..thanks for a great post.

  9. Buttons, it is really interesting how family-like a rural neighborhood can be even with only a few houses on a mile-long road. People offer help and experienced advice, and ask for help when they need it.

  10. We know the feeling, Jonni…we dread driving in heavy traffic anymore! And that used to be part of our daily grind. Now our daily grind is the coffee we have in the morning while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature all around us.

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