Making The Move To Rural Living Requires Dedication

September 7, 2021 by archyde

The American countryside is currently experiencing a huge influx in interest. CNBC Make It reports that large numbers of millennials are migrating from major cities like New York City and Chicago, and moving to rural areas in states such as Texas and Colorado. With benefits such as access to nature and green spaces, increased access to organic food and a quieter pace of life, it’s no surprise that more and more Americans are leaving the big city behind in pursuit of the country. For those interested, there are some key principles to be applied in order to make it a success.

Securing cheaper living

One reason people are drawn to moving out into the country is the cheaper cost of living. The cost of living is much higher in cities than in the country; housing is expensive, as is food, and utilities often match. The rural life flips this on its head; US News found that rural strongholds Tennessee, Oklahoma and Kansas are some of the most affordable states in the USA. Tax exemptions are another big draw – certain measures, such as Texas wildlife exemptions, can help homeowners to pay less on their land while enhancing its green credentials. Homeowners need to be aware of this and ensure they’re meeting those standards if they want the biggest savings.

Physical and mental wellbeing 

Those green credentials can benefit wellbeing. USA Today reported that a recent study, published by Nature Sustainability, tested how access to green spaces affect children. The study showed that the more children were exposed to green spaces, the higher they scored for cognitive development. Moving to the country will give you access to cleaner air, and rural places tend to be much greener than overpopulated concrete cities, all of which can contribute to physical (respiratory) and mental health – if those spaces are used properly.

A happier state of mind 

According to the New York Times rural America is experiencing a huge ‘brain gain’ as young professionals look for a more laid-back alternative to the stress of city life. Endorphins, also known as the happy hormone, are drawn together with the laid-back pace of rural life. To harness this, it’s important that young professionals moving out to the country allow themselves to slow down and disconnect.

If that can be achieved, there are huge wellbeing gains to be made. The country costs less, is less stressful, and is better for your health. There has scarcely been a better time to make the move and perhaps create a happier and healthier future for you and your family; but you do need to work to achieve that.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my