15 Reasons Country Living is the Best Way of Life
John Denver knew what he was singing about back in 1974—and it comes as no surprise that many people are leaving the city for clean country living. With the rising availability of work from home and excellent Wi-Fi spots, there’s no reason to stay stuck in the city when you can enjoy the laid-back, simpler life of the country.
But there’s more to it than just a lyric suggests; there are multiple benefits you may not even think about. Even though you’re living away from the city, there’s still plenty to do workwise as well as slowing down. Here are 15 sweet benefits to country living.
Growing Your Own Food
Farming is more than a hobby; it’s a way of life and a great way to continue an eco-friendly lifestyle. Most countries in the developing world are still agriculturally based—which makes it just as important here in the U.S. to know where your food comes from. Part of moving out to some land is the opportunity to become a little more self-sufficient that you previously were.
It’s a great chance to get your hands dirty and teach your kids how to grow their own food. You might be surprised what they’ll eat once they’ve seen it grow!
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A good bonfire out in the country is hard to beat when it's done right. It’s a fantastic way to collaborate with neighbors and family—by spending time outdoors in the evening with the wide open sky above you.
And bonfires aren’t just for fall or early winter; they’re fun in the summer when the fireflies cover the pastures or in the snow when you’re trying to keep warm with hot cocoa and smores.
Clear Skies, Less Pollution
There’s nothing better than the expanse of sky over a pasture; it's clear and crisp. In the mornings, you can see the dew on the plants, and in the evenings, you can enjoy the sunset across the landscape.
Living in the country brings less pollution that you’re consuming because you’re just further out from the asphalt jungle of skyrises and exhaust fumes. The abundance of plants literally means cleaner air—and less risk of getting sick.
There's Less Traffic to Deal With
Why is there so much less pollution in the country? Because there aren't as many cars crowding the streets like there are in cities!
In the country, it's just clear skies and clear roads ahead. Bored? Hit a back road! Had a bad day? Take a cruise and check out the scenery.
Out-of-the-Box Recreational Activities
If you’re living in the country, suddenly, there are fewer services you have access to. You may find yourself having a “nail party” where the ladies can come together, have a glass of wine, and have a spa night.
Similarly, there’s no city pool to access so you may have to make one out of an old truck bed or scout a good swimming hole.
Peace and Quiet
If it’s renewed mental health you’re seeking, there’s no better place to do it than out on an expanse of land. You’ll find plenty of places where quiet and nature combine to create a sense of balance and peaceful backdrop—where you can hear yourself think and feel the tension melt away from your shoulders.
You can enjoy the quiet babble of a nearby stream or the steady buzz of bees pollinating flowers. You may see that your creative side comes out more.
It's More Affordable
One of the most recognizable benefits of country living is the cost of living. And that means you can travel more often; so you quite literally get the best of both worlds by living in the country.
Provided you’re not heading to the Hamptons, you can find a great place to live with a few acres for under $500,000—which includes 5+ acres and 2,000 sq foot homes—which won’t get you a walkup in Manhattan, Brooklyn or anywhere else in the city; especially free-standing.
Your Animals and Livestock Have the Freedom to Roam
Ever wondered how your dog will act off a leash with room to run and play? You can rest easy when you live out in the country; your pets can roam and have the space needed to feel loved and still very cared for.
Allowing your dogs the opportunity to roll in the dirt or sift through a creek bottom allows them to use their natural abilities and is healthier in the long run. Ensure that your pets stay on your property and don’t chase other people or their animals.
Hunting is a natural activity to do out in the country and helps cull overactive deer, rabbit, and squirrel populations. If you are a responsible gun owner with background checks and ensure your weapon is properly registered, you’ll have a lot of fun trying your hand at the sport of hunting.
There’s a reason that so many men head to the woods in the fall; it's not just to cull the deer but for the camaraderie among them. The same is also true for duck hunters: they like the adventure of working together to hunt for sport.
You Have Privacy
Imagine not sharing a wall with your neighbors. In the country, you’ll likely share fence lines—or at the very least, survey results. Many people are moving for this reason—to get some privacy, a place to breathe, and not share every waking moment with your neighbors above or below you.
You’ll gain a sense of perspective and better both your physical and mental health with just a little access to some wide open spaces.
People Are Friendlier
It’s not just a physical change in location that’s different. It’s a cultural shift- people are more relaxed and more open who live in the country. Everyone helps everyone out- and you’re likely to visit a home for a meal with friends versus a restaurant. Life slows down, but you have more time to make commitments to your community and friends.
Boredom Breeds Creativity
Gone are the days of hurrying to culture-filled events in the city like ballet, opera, theatre, or one-night shows. In the country, your new passions can be found out of doors—like camping or 4-wheeling.
You may even find a great swimming hole where you can dabble your feet on a hot day while watching your kids play in a creek and catch crawdads.
Everyone should fish in their lifetimes, even if just to see how very hard yet peaceful it is. Fishing in the country, whether you’re on a fast stream or a lake, allows you the opportunity to be still and commune with nature while trying your hand at fishing.
You’ve got to be calm and secure and still when you fish because the fish can sense the danger from the movement.
A Hard Day's Work
If you’ve got a few acres, then you know it's going to take more than just a watering can or a quick jaunt with some clippers to maintain your land. You may have trees to clear or take down after a storm, which is a great chance for a workout and some handy firewood for that fireplace or new firepit.
You’ll need to keep your acreage clean and cut low. (Perhaps there’s even some hay to be found to sell to neighbors.) Or, you may try your hand at farming by creating vegetable gardens or perhaps raising some chickens. Whatever your reason for moving out to the country is, it will involve a little sweat equity to maintain.