Small towns have plenty of great perks of their own to offer, and you may find they’re a lot more affordable than a crowded city. Here are some of the reasons why small towns are great, budget-friendly places to live:

  • Slower Pace: Far away from the hustle and bustle of a big city, the slower, more relaxed pace of small towns can be a welcome change.

 

  • Less Crime: In a small town, it’s safer for kids to play outside, for bicyclists to chain their bikes in front of a coffee shop, and for you to leave your car windows cracked when you’re parked in your driveway over the summer.

 

 

  • Lower Cost of Living: Everything from homes to groceries is cheaper in a small town. You can get an entire house for the price of a studio apartment in a large city, and with more mom-and-pop outfits than big corporate chains, the price of consumer goods is often lower, too. Not to mention small towns tend to have low property taxes.

 

  • Less Traffic and Pollution: With fewer residents—and towns you can drive across from end-to-end in 10 minutes—commuting is a cinch. You’ll save time and gas money, and if you’re a runner or cyclist, you’ll enjoy not having to jostle for space among heavy traffic.

 

  • Close-Knit Community: It’s also a great chance to become a “big fish in a small pond,” with less competition for jobs and more opportunity to earn a well-known reputation, you may stand out in your chosen field in a way you never could in an enormous city.