Urban And Rural Communities Essay

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Comparing Urban and Rural Communities When we think of urban places, we think of cities with high rise offices, residential buildings, people rushing in the streets, motorists impatiently waiting in traffic, and in general, money and opportunity. On the other hand, when we think of rural places, we think of trees, rustic houses, sleepy villages, and in general, peace, quietness, and simplicity. These are the visual associations we normally have when we think of urban and rural communities. Traditionally, institutions used to measure whether a community is urban or rural through the size of its population (Bailey, 1940). The absolute number of people that makes the distinction between the two types of communities varies from country to another…show more content…
This is often due to the lack of economic opportunities in rural areas. Jobs and other sources of income are often very limited in rural areas. The lack of financial incentives often forces agricultural communities to abandon their farms in search of higher paying jobs in the city. Moreover, because of the globalization of the economy, certain governments may drop subsidy to certain local agricultural activities in favor of cheaper imports. This further puts a financial burden of rural communities who see their agricultural activities slowly disappear in favor of cheaper imports from China, South America or the like. As s result, rural economies are often very fragile and lack the robustness of the industrialized urban…show more content…
Urban areas provide more job opportunities and more financial incentives but are often associated with pollution, violence and competition for resources. Rural areas provide stress-free, peaceful and healthy living environment but lack job opportunities and other financial driving forces. I personally prefer to live in rural areas because I believe that one can combine the higher quality of life of rural areas with the job and financial opportunities of urban areas. Tourism, high technology and green industries are poised to change the rural landscape and provide more opportunities
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