City or Suburbs: Where would you live?

Moving crosses my mind at least once a week. Whether it’s due to my current job, location, or surrounding environment; the urge to move is there. The question now becomes, where would I move to?

I’ve been toying with the idea of making my way over the west coast (boyfriend in hand) perhaps in the next few years. Cities such as Seattle, Portland, and San Diego really spark my interest. When I think of major cities like those mentioned I have vivid images of people bustling to work, skyscrapers, and courier-services. The thought of being around so many people and buildings is almost enough to cause an anxiety attack but it is a tempting thought.

Currently I reside in the suburbs about 10minutes outside Providence. I love Providence so much but there are definitely things that we are missing. So while I am living in the suburbs I have made a pros and cons list that I thought I would share with you and in hopes you will share your pros and cons about where you live.

Suburbain Living


Neighborhoods: This is one of the biggest things for me. I like having neighbors and more importantly a neighborhood that I feel safe in.

Driving: I love to drive and be in control (maybe I need to work on this).

Space: There is lots of space in the suburbs; not feeling like you are on top of your neighbors is a good thing.


Driving: While I love to drive and be in control it would be nice not to have a car payment and be able to take public transportation, it would certainly save $$.

Location: While my current suburb is only 10minutes outside the city, you do have to worry about commuting and parking once in the city

City Living


No Vehicle: Not paying for a car or gas is HIGHLY appealing.

Proximity: Living in a larger city means more options for daily needs so your proximity is ultimately closer.

Staying Active: If you don’t have a car then walking to and from places is a huge plus in my book.


Space: Living in apartment style housing is not too appealing, I like my space.

Public Transportation: While I’m all for saving money, there is just something a little bit skeevy about taking public transportation, it also doesn’t help that I have OCD and I’m a germaphobe.

People: So while I am revealing my quirks to you all, I should tell you that people in general tend to annoy me, so I can’t really imagine having to see and deal with hundreds of people on a daily basis.

So as you can see my lists are pretty even. I think that I would enjoy both aspects of suburban and city living. When compiling a list such as this one it is interesting to see what you might be willing to put up with. I might be willing to put up with a lot of people if it meant I would be saving $$ in car payments and gas.

You never know where you’ll end up and it’s certainly fun to think about. Please share your experiences with moving to different places with us, we’d love to know your thoughts!

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