Differences Between Cities and Suburbs

Suburbs and cities are different in many ways. Suburbs are the homes on the outskirts of cities that usually have bigger homes and are not as busy as cities are. Cities are really busy and are the main parts of a state, they usually have a higher cost of living. Here are some of the major differences between them.

Very often the suburbs have a strong community, neighbors tend to communicate more frequently and kids have more opportunities to interact with each other. People who like the outdoors tend to appeal more to the suburbs too, more than  crowded cities. Cities, on the other hand, offers easy access to cultural activities, entertainment, and recreational options. Cities tend to appeal to younger adults or single child parents that have jobs close to them. House prices in the suburbs are cheaper per square foot, which means you can get more space for your buck. For many young couples with children, inner city homes within their price range may be too cramped for comfort,which is why sometimes single family homes in the suburbs can be better instead. That doesn’t always mean that life will be cheaper though places that have a high population will usually have expensive homes wherever you go because of limited space. Although cities can be convenient because you’ll always be close enough to public transportation and won’t have to drive everywhere. Groceries, pharmacies, restaurants and banks are also on almost every block. In the suburbs, however, most homes are barely in walking distance and require cars even for day-to-day errands.  When it comes to job locations, city homes will tend to be much closer to work than your average suburban one. Another major difference between cities and suburbs is, cultural diversity. In the downtown or city centers you’ll meet people from all over the world, you will hear a range of different languages and will be exposed to a range of different foods and opinions. The further into the suburbs you go, the more standard experiences can be.One example can be food, in some suburbs, types of food can sometimes be limited to chain restaurants and food courts in malls.

Depending on what people like or need, suburbs and cities have their benefits. Suburbs mostly offer safety, nature, and friendliness, and cities mostly offer culture, and diversity. Overall, cities and suburbs offer very different lifestyles, so it’s just up to what a person prefers.


By Tristan Andaya


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