Advantages & disadvantages of big cities

Updated April 17, 2017

Small town residents are often drawn to the excitement and conveniences of big city life. Young people flock to cities for educational reasons, such as attending a major university. Moving to a big city can also have disadvantages. As populations rise, cities become more crowded. Crime rates are higher in cities, and people seem less friendly. The peace and quiet of a small town is often lost in big city life.

Things to Do and Convenience

Places to go and things to do in a city are not hard to find. If you get home from work late and have no time to cook, a restaurant is sure to be close to home. If you are too tired to go out, it is as simple as a phone call to have the food delivered quickly to your door. When you are in the mood for a good movie or concert, there are usually several to choose from within a short driving distance. If you want to shop, the local mall has many stores in one place. Plenty of schools exist close to home for children.

Social Aspects and Employment

Cities have a large population and plenty of people to communicate with, often from several nationalities. To meet people from different parts of the world, you may not need to go any farther than the local grocery store or park. Dating and nightlife are abundant in cities; plenty of clubs and social gatherings give you a better chance of meeting friends or that special someone. Since cities have a lot more people, they have a lot more businesses. This results in a lot more jobs. If you do not have a car to get to your job, public transportation is often available.

Fast-Moving and Crowded

Cities are fast-paced and often noisy. Many people live in apartments with thin walls or houses very close to each other. This results in hearing your neighbour's arguments and the neighbourhood kids playing loudly. Traffic can be a tedious trip at rush hour on your way to work, and more traffic means more car accidents. When shopping at grocery or department stores, long lines can form, taking away part of your day. The cost of living can be very high in some big cities such as New York City and Los Angeles.


Crime is more prevalent in big cities. With so many people shopping at once, shoplifters have an easier time stealing merchandise. People lock their doors at night, but often that does not bring security or peace of mind. Homeowners purchase expensive security systems, with additional monthly payment for service. A business owner may even feel the need to pay the cost of a private security guard.

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About the Author

Dan Dechenaux has written since 2009. Specializing in health and sports topics, he contributes articles to The Sports Ad-Visor. Dechenaux received a Master of Arts in communication arts from the University of Notre Dame.