8 Reasons To Make The Switch To A Rural Home
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, homebuyers have become increasingly interested in moving to less populated areas.
Americans are showing a growing interest in rural areas in 2020 as the impacts of the pandemic hit cities immensely.
And pandemic aside, moving to a small town or the countryside has a lot of different pros that many Americans are beginning to find attractive.
Today San Benito Realty wants to share some of the reasons that 2020 is a great year to move out of the city and buy that rural property that you’ve been dreaming about.
1. Clean, Fresh Air
Air quality improves greatly the further you get out into the country. There is far less pollution in rural areas and there is also a great abundance of grass and trees that help increase air quality.
Living somewhere with poor air quality can negatively impact your health and wellness. Moving to the country where you can breathe in clean air can be incredibly beneficial, especially if you have existing health concerns.
2. Plenty Of Space
If you choose to move to a rural area you will have much more space than you would in the packed cities or suburbs.
You can plant that garden you have always dreamed of, build a front porch swing, or make a beautiful, big patio space.
Whether you are just looking for an acre for the dogs to roam on, or you want a larger piece of land to farm, you will certainly not feel crowded in a rural area.
3. Lower Crime Rates
Although crime can happen everywhere, you may feel much more comfortable living in a rural area.
“Residents in rural areas are less likely to be the victims of a wide range of crimes versus those who are living in the city or suburbs.
These include simple and aggravated assault, robbery, and theft.
Part of the reason for this is just a sheer numbers game—there are less people in the country, thus less opportunity for crime to occur. There’s also a higher percentage of police officers per capita—2.8 officers per 100,000 people in non-metropolitan counties compared to 2.6 officers per 100,000 people in metropolitan counties.”
Living in the country is a great way to feel safe and comfortable!
4. Sickness Spreads At A Slower Rate
This year, we are all becoming much more aware of germs and the spreading of illnesses thanks to the pandemic.
In highly populated areas, sickness spreads much more rapidly.
That is not to say that there is no sickness in less populated areas – however, studies do show that contagious viruses spread at a slower rate which is helpful, especially for illnesses like COVID-19.
5. Cheaper Living Opportunities
Everybody loves saving money, and making the move to a more rural area can save you plenty.
There are plenty of beautiful, spacious homes and properties in the country that cost much less than they would in the cities.
“The numbers don’t lie: You can get more house for your money in a rural area.
The U.S.Census Bureau estimates home ownership in rural America is more than 82 percent, while only 60 percent of city dwellers own their own homes. Even though three times as many people live in urban areas, not all of them can afford the cost of a house in the city.
The cost of housing in some rural areas can be as much as $150 lower per square foot. Property taxes are generally much lower in rural areas as well.”
Making a move to a rural area is a great, cost effective move for most families.
6. Easy Access To Organic Food
Once you’re outside of the city, farmers’ markets, orchards, berry patches, hunting, and fishing make accessing organic and healthy food easy.
Eating organic is so healthy for your body and mind. Putting the right things in your body can make all the difference in you and your family’s wellness.
Living in a rural area is a good way to access healthy, organic foods easily.
7. More Peace And Quiet
Who doesn’t love some peace and quiet?
When you move from the city or the suburbs into a more rural area you are guaranteed a significant decrease in noise.
No more cars honking, sirens sounding, or even close neighbors yelling or mowing their lawns at 5:00 in the morning.
If you are looking for more peace in your life, an excellent way to achieve that is through moving to a more rural area!
8. Increased Freedom
Many homes in more populated areas are forced to be a part of homeowners’ associations, or abide by strict city regulations regarding their property.
When you live in a rural area, it is very unlikely anyone will ever try to tell you what to do with your land and home.
You can have your grass whatever length you want, paint your house any color, and feel free to do what you please with your home without having to worry about complaining neighbors or home associations trying to stop you.
This kind of freedom can only be found in the country.