Big City or Small Town: What Is More Productive?

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I would love to wake up in a house near the woods with fresh air right outside my door. That positive energy is just what I need to start writing. The quietness and stillness of a small town is nothing but perfection for me. But hey — that’s what makes me productive! Benefiting from the benefits big cities bring along has never been a problem for me.

You — are different. You — are you. Living in a small town might not be something of high interest to you, as living in an urban area might not be something I’m attracted to. When deciding where to live and which places are more productive, you must first consider the “you-factors” before anything else. So, make sure you consider all the pros and cons of living in a small/big city before taking a decision — and make sure you’re happy about it!

Living in an Urban Area

First of all, if you’re living in a bigger city, you can get in contact much easier with clients, colleagues and even your boss. Working in a huge office building in the middle of the financial district might not seem the most glamorous dream you’ve had, but being there, side by side with your peers has its obvious benefits.

Another plus for living in a big city is not having to commute. If you don’t have a car, living in a busy area is not a problem. Having access to so many means of transportation like buses, the subway, trains and even an Uber, makes getting from point A to point B much easier for anyone. And if you need to get to your office fast, what better place to live in than an urban setting?

Living in a Small Town

The benefits of working in a smaller town are different. Everything moving slower is not necessarily a bad thing. You might be someone who “just wants enjoy what she’s doing on her own terms,” like Dennis Bonilla, the co-founder of Essay Writing Lab. If, however, being on alert 24/7 is not you, you can choose to take it easier. Taking it easy doesn’t have to be something bad. If you are working on a big project, maybe the calm and peaceful setting you’ll find in a small town is everything you need right now so you can find that link you’ve been missing in the whole project.

Living in a smaller town might also give you some everyday comforts. Knowing all your neighbors or being able to go to yard sales or Sunday markets could be the relaxing activities you need to be more productive as soon as you get home. Another important benefit of living in a smaller town is the cost of living. If rent in a capital or a very big city might be less affordable for a one-room flat, in small-town prices are fairly lower for larger apartments.

Figuring it Out on Your Own

So, in order to find out what kind of environment you need to be more productive, you should find out what defines you. Then, you should prioritize accordingly. If, for instance, keeping close contact with your colleagues is important for your tasks and deadlines, consider living in a bigger city. If, however, you are working online, your productivity level will depend mostly on yourself and where you feel the most comfortable being. Skype and other online platforms will always be available for you, so living in a small town is far easier as a digital nomad.

Choosing a Place to Live In

Recent studies show that for most people living in an urban environment have higher rates of productivity than those living in a small town, regardless of the field they’re working in. In the UK, people with higher education tend to move to London. Most of them come from smaller towns outside of the capital. This does not come as a shock as having a large variety of activities and constantly looking for more interesting things to engage in are clearly ways in which people with higher education choose to spend their time.

Bigger salaries are also an important factor when looking into employees’ productivity levels. It’s not a secret that working in a big city pays well. Getting a fatter check at the end of the month will most likely motivate someone to be more active and interested in the job they’re pursuing. Also, big cities have a tendency to grow faster, offering more and more job opportunities for everyone living there (especially if their education level is quite high).

Creative writer Jay Macron, working at MyAssigmentHelp New York, writes, “Living in a big city like New York taught me how to be more responsible, think accurately, and solve problems immediately. Had I not lived in New York, I wouldn’t have been able to grow as much as I did, because I’d have been in my comfort zone. Living in a big city helped me expand my skills and improve my life forever.”


Living in a large city might seem more productive for you, but in the end, this decision really depends on your needs. The fast commute, all those smart people exchanging ideas and all the potential business opportunities make from a metropolitan the obvious first choice for a productive person.

Not needing a bike or (sometimes) even a car, being able to buy whatever you need from the shop & going for a Pret a Manger down the street, having a fitness center in a walking distance from home are all practical reasons for making that same choice. But we are different people with different views, and that’s why your choice should not be influenced in any way by another person.

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