Small Town vs. Big City: Which Is Right for Your Family?

Cost of living, job opportunities and entertainment… These are just a few things you should consider when you’re looking to move. Whether it’s just you or you’re transporting your whole family, make sure you know which spot is the most fitting.

So. You’re interested in moving you and your family somewhere new… but you’re not sure where yet. City or country—which is better? Keep reading to help you decide!

Small town or big city… which is right for your family?

To figure out which option is the best choice for you and your family, it’s important to go over some of the biggest factors:

Cost of Living

You’re likely to find much lower prices in a smaller community. Big cities have the highest cost of living; in fact, the average cost of a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan is more than $4,000 a month, but the average rent of an apartment in upper-state New York is around $1500 a month. On the other hand, consider how much money you’ll make in your new space. You might nail a high-paying job in a big city at a salary you wouldn’t find in a smaller town.

Job Market

There are more total jobs in a big city; you’re more likely to find opportunities that fit your training and interests. Even if you’re paying more in rent, it might be worth it based on the job you land. A city is a better choice if you hope to work for a high-paying, top-level corporation.

However, in a big city, you also face more competition. It might take longer to find your dream job. Depending on your line of work, you might find the perfect, small-town job with less competition.

Making Friends and Finding Community

Does your family prefer the close-knit friendly atmosphere of a smaller community? Then a small town is probably a better fit. In a big city, you’ll still make friends at work and other places you frequent, but you might feel lonely and outnumbered.

Medical Care

You’ll likely find basic medical services in a small town, but keep in mind that you might have to drive for hours to find the nearest specialist. In a city, you’ll have access to most types of medical care in your immediate vicinity. If you, or someone in your family, has specific or unique medical needs, it may be best to live in or near a big city.


In general, you’ll feel closer to nature in a small town. For one thing, you can enjoy the stars at night and feel safer outdoors than you might in a big city. However, don’t rule out a large city entirely! Large cities often have parks and recreational areas where you can enjoy the outdoors.


Thousands of people flock to large cities for entertainment options. In the largest cities you’ll find sporting events, theaters, historical sites and plenty of other things to do and see. That’s not to say there’s nothing to do in a small town, though. Many small towns have movie theaters, museums and many other attractions and entertainment.

Before you choose between the two, keep your family’s needs in mind. Think about the kinds of entertainment you all enjoy and whether you’ll be able to find them in your new place.


You might think small towns are safer because they’re quieter and less crowded. However, a study by the University of Pennsylvania found that the risk of injury-related death is 20% higher in a small town than it is in a large city. This may be because of limited access to immediate medical care.

On the other hand, crime rates tend to be lower in smaller communities, and many people report that they just feel safer in the country than they do in the city. Whether you live in a big city or a small town, you can keep your family safe. Look for housing in a low-crime area.

Weigh all these factors in consideration as you decide where to move. You’ll find pros and cons in both big cities and small towns, so choose what’s best for your family. Once you’re ready to make the big move, get in touch with Wheaton. We can make your transition quick, easy and stress-free!