There are many benefits to living in a small town, but there are also a few downfalls about living in a small community. Only you can make the decision if a small town is the right place for you and your family.
Living in a small town means that you will know many people in town. If you buy a new truck then everybody else in town will also know. If you get arrested then everyone in town will know. If you keep your nose clean and are not a troublemaker then a small town may be great for you. On the other hand if you are being featured on America's Most Wanted then you will probably blend in better in a large metropolitan area such as New York City.
Small towns give you the opportunity of receiving help when you need it. If you get stricken with cancer and are stuck in a hospital for months at a time the little town will step in and mow your lawn, water your flowers, and keep an eye out on your property. If you live in a large city and disappear to the hospital most of the people in the big city will not know about it or even care about you or your health.
If you like "people watching" then a large city provides you with ample opportunities to watch people and laugh at the various styles of clothes being worn by them. People watching is also common in tiny towns but unless it is located on a major road then you will spend your time staring at the same people who always seemingly dress the same each day.
There are large and small towns that have both good and bad schools. Large city schools may be able offer more variety in the elective classes but a small town may give your child more one on one interaction with the teacher. Do you want your child to learn advanced Latin in high school or will you be happy if he or she decides to take welding as an elective?
Living in a small town is much cheaper in many aspects. Rental costs as well as the cost to purchase a new home are much cheaper in a tiny rural community then it is in say Los Angeles or Boston. There are many rural communities where you can still rent a house with 4 bedrooms and some acreage foe $500 or less a month. See what you can rent for $500 a month in New York!
Although rental costs and home purchasing is cheaper you will probably pay more for groceries and clothing. If there is a small grocery store in town then you will pay more than you would at a big box store such as Wal-Mart in a larger community. You can always drive to a larger city to shop at a cheaper grocery store but then you have to pay the gas to travel there. In small rural setting you can also choose to raise some of your own meat buy cheap produce from some of the neighboring farms.
Property taxes are going to be much less in a small rural community then it would be if you rented a similar property a large city such as Miami, Florida.
The crime rate is usually perceived to be much safe to live in then a large city. There is a lot of truth to that but not always. Some large cities do not have to deal with the rampant meth problem that is destroying many small communities across the Country. With that said, which do you think is safer, Compton, California or Oakley, Idaho? Seriously, if you use some common sense you will know that usually the smaller communities are safer. Not many street gangs roaming the streets in Oakley, Idaho.
Large cities tend to be noisy. If you grew up in a large city then the noise may be comforting to you. For the rest of us we like to hear the crickets chirping at night-time. Small towns are normally much quieter than their big city counter-parts but if you live near a farm out in the country then you can expect 24/7 noises form combines, tractors, and semi trucks during the harvest period.
If you want to go down to the convenience store in middle of the night to buy yourself a soda pop, then you can do it any time of the day or night if you live in a large community. If you live in a small community then the gas station/hardware store/ convenience store/ may close by 7 in the evening.
There are benefits to both living in the bigger cities as well as living in small towns. You need to decide what you want and then sit down with your family and decide if they want to live in a large city, a small rural town, or a medium-sized town.
In small towns it is easy to meet people, although there may not be many of them. It is hard to hide out and be a recluse in a smaller community, although they have people like this to. If you want to go out in public daily but don't want to ever meet new people then it is much easier being a public recluse in a large city. If you want to meet many new people from a variety of backgrounds then living in a larger community may be better for you.
Large cities offer many sporting venue that you can attend such as NBA basketball games, NFL football games, as well as many minor league sporting events. Small towns offer the local high schools sports such as football and the cord softball league for adults. If you must own season tickets and attend every home game of your favorite professional sporting team then you may choose to live in a large community. If you understand the fun and excitement behind prep football you may also get hooked on high school football. There is a lot of excitement that surrounds a small community when the local high school is having a home game.
Should you live in a large city or a small town? Only you can decide.