I've lived in all 3. I currently live in a very country area near a small town. I don't like it :( my ideal is to live in a cute, cozy, affluent small town (without small town mentality) near a big city that I can drive to occasionally. Tho I would hate actually to live in the city, too much noise and stress.
Wbu? Where do you feel most at home?
- Just a small town girl (or boy) livin in a looonely wooorld38%(18)40%(40)Vote42%(22)
- Country roaaads take me hooome15%(7)15%(15)Vote15%(8)
- Bright lights, big city47%(23)45%(45)Vote43%(22)
Most Helpful Guy
It's actually kinda hard to tell because the standards in my country are quite different. Because Switzerland is a very small country, we don't have the type of metropoles that exist in the US for instance. The town that I live in is one of the largest cities in my country (6th largest to be exact) but with a "mere" 100,000 residents, it's only a small town for American standards (the largest city in my country has about 400,000 residents). I love the size of my city. It's the perfect mix between actual metropole and total countryside. We have everything we need. In fact, my city is known as the "cultural center" of Switzerland. Relative to its size, my town has lots of cafés, bars, restaurants, night clubs, theaters, a concert hall, cinemas etc.. But at the same time, it's also a very quiet and peaceful city. Cars are not as important/popular here in Europe as they are in the US. Instead, we like public transport, walking and riding bikes. We have one of the densest and best public transport systems in the world here in Switzerland and my town in particular has excellent bikes lanes on practically every street. Even main roads are quite small (they hardly ever have more than one lane in each direction) and so there are not a lot of cars. The city is actually quite big and vibrant but because most people take the bus or ride their bicycle when they go to school or to work or meet friends, the atmosphere feels very peaceful and the air quality is awesome.
I've also lived in one of the largest metropoles on earth, Seoul in South Korea and I've also lived in San Francisco. Both experiences were great but I wouldn't want to live in such big cities for the rest of my life. What I hate about big metropoles in Asia or the US is that they're so car-obsessed. It almost feels like the cars are the masters of the city and the people are the slaves. You've got huge roads everywhere, the air quality is terrible, there's lots of noise... I love how in my city here in Switzerland, you get all the benefits of a big city but it almost feels like living out in the sticks in America because it's so green, quiet and peaceful.0
Most Helpful Girl
I'm a city girl, always been a city girl.
I was born and raised in Jeddah, 2nd biggest city of Saudi Arabia.
And now I live in Paris for 3 years.
And my city in my home country is more of a smallish town but it has around 38 000 people and it's 40 minutes away from the heart of the capital city ( in the suburbs).
I don't want to live away from the city tbh, the suburbs is the most I can do, I love cities and feeling in a populated area with people around me and having everything close by. The other 2 options are good for vacations though!