Medical services are difficult to access
If you’re used to the convenience of booking a doctor’s appointment and being seen right away, you may have trouble adjusting to the lengthy wait times for medical services in rural towns. Seeking specialized treatment, like with a psychologist or psychiatrist, will leave you with even fewer options, greater waiting times and a fair way to travel in order to be seen. Still, people who live in one of the 21 nicest small towns to visit in America, will tell you, there are perks you should consider before writing off small-town life just yet.
You’ll find refreshing peace and quiet
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An obvious benefit of moving somewhere with fewer people is less noise, but the true delight of quiet open space often goes unsung. After moving from Barcelona to Palatka, Florida, J.R. Duren said he loved trading off the concrete jungle for miles of trees and open sky. The peacefulness and spaciousness of small towns make quiet activities even more serene, whether it’s meditation, yoga, or sitting on the balcony with a cup of tea.
Education priorities may be different
The unspoken expectation that you’ll graduate high school, go to college and eventually embark on a career path is often absent in rural regions. Lexi, who moved from Los Angeles to a city a sixth the size in population, said that many students who were going through the school system saw high school as an end goal and college as an option. Many people in small towns, particularly in rural or remote regions, have family ties to the area and are complacent doing ordinary jobs as long as they get to stay local.