Chuffy Chuffnell, on 12 April 2012 - 09:33 PM, said:
And water. And minerals. And timber. And electricity production..!
Someone mentioned the school run... thing is, as I keep mentioning, there's 1) living in the middle of frickin' nowhere and 2) living in a small town. In my town, population 3000 and surrounded by miles and miles of countryside, there's a primary school and a secondary school. Indeed apart from those who come in from surrounding villages, almost all pupils walk or cycle to school as it's near and safe to do so. For those in nearby villages there are dedicated school buses.
I do live "rural" but not ridiculously rural. There are shops, a supermarket, even a swimming pool.. and decent broadband.
That's the thing, I don't think you could describe most places as being definitely 'City' or 'Country'. I don't think there is a definition.
I live in a suburban area on the edge of London, which would fall into the 'City' definition, given that you can walk to everything within a few minutes (station, parks, large town centre etc). It is quite built up.
A few miles away, there is the commuter belt, a 'posher' area which is much less urban, but is still definitely suburban rather than rural (I am sure most of the residents would mutter about how 'countryfied' it is, though!). People who live here will generally drive their kids to school, drive to the supermarket/station/restaurants, compared to a lot of people who live in proper rural towns who have those facilities right on their doorsteps.
It would still cost vastly more to live in this type of area because the increased house prices would outweigh any other savings made.