When it comes to human settlements, the preferences of individuals vary largely. It is sometimes hard for certain people to decide what form of life they desire for themselves and hence, many would be perplexed in between city life which would place them closer to all more facilities, services and entertainment and village life which would place them closer to nature. Cities reflect the modern and contemporary lifestyle, while villages portray the traditional and pastoral picture. Both have its positives and negatives. Ultimately it depends on what you want. Here is a list of 10 key differences between the lifestyle of city and village.
10. Crime :
The concentration of wealth is more in cities and so is the rate of crime. People live under the fear of theft and robbery. Besides, cases of molestation and kidnapping are mostly found in cities. The ones who are unable to get a satisfying job have chosen the path of crime to fulfill their needs. Even the relatives kill each other in case feud arises. In villages, since there is importance of relations over money, people tend to help each other in case of crisis.
9. Source of Entertainment:
Bet with me, you will never find a shopping mall or a water park or some sports activities centers or spa or even a multiplex in a typical village. Well, these are easily available at each corner in city where people can go relax and can have fun. But the presence of these sources has surely alienated the urban settlement from the nature. On the contrary, villagers love to stay closer with the nature in their leisure time.
8. Social Practices :
The villagers are quite particular about traditions and rituals and try to preserve their culture. The social practices based on irrational thinking like dowry, female infanticides, child marriage etc are still rampant in society. Well not negligible but surely less of this is seen in city side. Besides, superstitious beliefs still controls the action of villagers.
7. Eating Habits :
The daily meals in a house of village comprise mostly traditional items like rice, chapatti, vegetables etc, but when you hit off a house in city, you will find range of food items. Again there is culture of junk food prevalent in cities. Food chains like KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut has become so rampant for them to visit at least once in a week. These food habits have their own repercussions in form of health issues which makes difficult to lead a healthy life.
6. Job Opportunities :
The opportunities are plenty in cities, which vanishes when it comes to village. Whereas villagers have farming as their primary activities, industries and other secondary activities continue to dominate the cities. Most of them migrate to cities for their livelihood.
5. Health Issues :
There are a gazillion number of health issues occurring in people living in city because of stress, tension, pollution , food habits, lack of exercises, etc. The neck to neck competition in jobs and studies has resulted in ignorance of health in newer generation. But they do have the facility of good hospitals and clinics to address it. On the other hand, village people though have common health problems, but because of lack of medical amenities, they fail to cure it in time.
4. Access to Civic Amenities :
The facilities in rural areas are pretty much basic, answering only to the very basic needs of human beings. Most of the villages do not have access to civic amenities like proper transport facilities, electricity, water, banks, highways, health centers etc. On the flip side, these are available in abundant in a city.
3. Use of Technologies :
While rural settlements are based more on natural resources and events, the urban population receives the benefits of man’s advancements in the areas of science and technology and is not nature-dependent for its day to day functions. Whereas people in city can’t survive without AC, washing machine or smart-phones, villagers think of all this as things of extreme comfort.
2. Education :
Well education has been overlooked in villages since time immemorial. You will often find two or more government schools in a village. People living in villages may not be that interested in education, as agriculture being the main occupation of its people, one needs not have high levels of education or sophistication to engage in such activities. So most of them often ignore the important aspect of life i.e., education for their children. On the other side, the educational facilities are well-developed in urban areas.
1. Cost of Living :
The cost of living is very high in the city for the obvious reason that the people dwelling there have higher income. The price of so-called luxury goods is sky-rocketing with time. Even the common goods are sold at exorbitant rates. Unlike city, villagers have access of these common goods at relatively cheaper price.