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    Rural vs Urban vs Suburban: the definitive analysis

    So what are all the various advantages and disadvantages associated with living in urban, suburban, or rural environments?


    Here are a few advantages to get us started:
    Rural - getting likkered up and shooting off fireworks at 2 a.m. is better tolerated

    Urban - if you want to meet people out in, you know, public. Well there are plenty here even if they don't particularly care to meet you

    Suburban - one need not feel they must apologize for owning a minivan here
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Homeless people always asking you for money, traffic congestion, light pollution, noise, parking issues, and small yards are all negatives of urban living.
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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    Rural, you can pretty much do what you want within reason. Con-there's not a lot to do and what there is, you best be ready to do it yourself.
    Urban-there is plenty to do and see. Plus, you get to meet new people. Con-it you and about 100,000+ other people.
    Suburban-great if you are in the breeder phase of like, such as hinkgator and mskiis. Con, they tend to be pretty vanilla.
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    Rural - no services, no stores, no nothing, but maybe you like it that way. You also have to drive a few miles for just the basics unless you're milking your own cows.
    Urban - every service possible, especially those for hipsters. You moved to the city to get away from PBR, but there it is.
    Suburb - you get every service possible or at least those you need. As long as you don't want something more exciting than the Gap at the mall and a movie theater you're doing good (see WYPs comment above)
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    Is there a term for places that are "semi-urban"? Grew up in a place that has a population of 80-90k, is somewhat of a resort town, has almost all services but is far from many big box stores. 2 hours from the nearest big city (but definitely not a suburb of it). Would that still be considered urban?

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    Quote Originally posted by rainbird View post
    Is there a term for places that are "semi-urban"? Grew up in a place that has a population of 80-90k, is somewhat of a resort town, has almost all services but is far from many big box stores. 2 hours from the nearest big city (but definitely not a suburb of it). Would that still be considered urban?
    I would say 'urban' is more about dwelling units per acre than just population.

    I live in a small city (about 27,000 pop), within an effective market area of ~50,000 pop, but we have a decent supply of 'suburban' shopping and housing neighborhoods, but also have an 'urban' small city downtown area that is very pedestrian scaled with many/most services a given household needs.

    I think you're 'urban', just maybe not big city 'urban'.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Suburban-

    Hot moms, sunning themselves on the back pattio, elementary school kids running around playing on lush green back lawn, dad grilling burgers for dinner. A dog running after the kids. White picket fences, SUVs in the garage, house built after 1998, cul-de-sac.

    At night, a small fire inside a fire pit, kids roasting marshmallows, wearing pajamas. Neighbors having a beer commenting about how they never saw the starts living in the City. No traffic, no drunk homeless guy saying "Can I have 87 cents so I can buy a bus ticket to Lansing", no helicopters from the near by hospital flying slow low that you can read the details on the IV bag inside the chopper.
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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