Are you feeling cramped from the hustle and bustle of city life? Perhaps living out in the ‘burbs’ isn’t what you thought it would be. If either of these are the case, then we have the remedy for you and your family.

Have you ever considered country life? No, there aren’t cows blocking a single lane dirt road or barns at every corner. Country living is much different than most folks know. The fresh air, wide-open spaces and slower pace of life are just a few of the many reasons why people are escaping the urban core for the tranquil countryside. Here are five reasons why you should strongly consider country living.

#1. The Space!

If you like your privacy, then living out in the country works well. Space is at a premium in urban areas and oftentimes, you have to keep the blinds and curtains closed just to prevent the neighbors from looking in. Out in the country, that’s not an issue. Sure, your neighbors are nice, but chances are they’ll be living a bit farther from you. The countryside provides the freedom to do whatever your heart desires. Want to build an addition onto the house? Go ahead. Looking to build a shed on your property? Do it! You’ll have the room to do it, and you won’t have to worry about frustrating your neighbors.

#2. Peace and Quiet

Shh, do you hear that? It’s the sound of peacefulness. The beauty of silence is on full display when living in the country. Sure, you may hear the occasional vehicle traveling down the road or a flock of birds chirping in unison, but it beats the rambunctious orchestra of the city. No cars honking. No interstate traffic. And best of all, you don’t have to deal with neighbors blaring loud music. So go ahead…jam out!

#3. You Can’t Beat the View

“Wow, look at that!” You’ll be saying that a lot from your home. Rolling hills and open spaces provide the perfect backdrop for breathtaking views. No homes or large buildings to get in the way of you and nature. Plus, you’ll have a newfound appreciation for sunrises and sunsets.

#4. A Sense of Community

People really are friendly in the country. That’s because of the slower pace of life and the greater sense of community. Neighbors here form lasting bonds and help one another, whether that’s to fix a broken pipe or borrowing a cup of flour, residents of small rural communities treat each other like family. Although homes may not be physically close, the folks always know they are around to help each other out.

#5. Lower Cost of Living

In all aspects of living, it’s actually more cost-effective to live in the country as opposed to the city. Urban households spend 18% more annually than rural households. When it comes to food, rather than spend money at the grocery store on fruits and vegetables, you can simply grow fresh produce in your own yard.