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    From the iconic songs New York, New York to Viva Las Vegas and Welcome to Atlanta, the love affair with cities is definitely a thing. While city living is not everyone’s cup of tea, they provide a certain type of lifestyle and energy one simply cannot experience living in the countryside.

    Here are 5 things people seem to really agree on as to why they love living in a city.

    Number One: The Convenience

    In most big cities nothing is too far away and public transportation is abundant. If the system in your city provides a lot of coverage, you really don’t need to own a car– that alone saves you tons of money every year in car payments, gasoline and car insurance.

    According to the Expatrist, owning an average car in NYC would cost you a whopping $1,057 per month or $12,684 a year when considering insurance, car loan, gas, depreciation, maintenance, parking, etc.

    Everything is within easy access via public transportation, a short drive, or even walking distance. Who needs a car to get to work, go shopping, or see a show? Not city dwellers.

    Number Two: The Food

    But most cities are populated with incredible and diverse eats. Within a few blocks you can find Mexican food, pizza, Moroccan, American, and Thai restaurants.

    Face it, in many suburbs, eating-out options are limited to chain restaurants and if you’re lucky a handful of mom-and-pop places.  

    In a recent survey these cities are among the very best:

    Number Three: The Entertainment and Culture

    Cities provide a wide array of entertainment and cultural options for any night of the week. Say goodbye to Netflix binging. Visit a museum to take in a well-known art collection or learn more about a subject that interests you. Experience a special date night with a play at the theater. Or find tickets to your favorite band and see a live concert at the local music hall.

    Many city neighborhoods have local clubs where you can get to know like-minded people. From wine tastings at corner haunts to fitness groups, no matter your interests, you can find a social gathering where you’ll connect with others while doing what you love.

    Let’s not forget the street performers on the sidewalks, the smell of ethnic, specialty markets and used bookstores with a changing collection of good books on display in the window and so much more.

    And let’s not forget sports enthusiasts who get to cheer on their favorite teams from the stands when living in big cities.

    Number Four: The Energy

    Cities buzz with energy. There are always people around doing something, and that can be exciting, it makes leaving your apartment every day a joy.

    It starts with a morning run to the bakery for pastries and the newspaper, then there’s the street performers on the sidewalks, the smell of ethnic, specialty markets and used bookstores with a changing collection of good books on display in the window and so, so much more.

    Number Five: The Many Opportunities

    We’ve saved the best for last. Perhaps the biggest reason to love living in the city is the sheer amount of education, career opportunities, and volunteer opportunities available. Whether you’re trying to earn a bachelor’s degree, graduate degree, seeking full-time employment in your field, or just looking for somewhere to lend a helping hand in your free time – city life presents a chance to learn, grow, develop, and serve in whatever manner you wish.

    In fact, recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in December 2021, unemployment rates were lower in 375 of the 389 metropolitan areas, while 13 areas saw an increase, and one remained unchanged. 108 metropolitan areas even saw an increase in nonfarm payroll employment over the year, while the remaining metropolitan areas were relatively unchanged.

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