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The Differences & Similarities Between Farm Life & City Life

Updated July 19, 2017

Some people move from the city to a farm to slow down and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Likewise, farmers sometimes trade in their machines and tools for the faster paced city life.

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The Industrial Revolution of the late 1800s brought many factories to U.S. cities. This is the period when America began to change from a more rural farm-based way of life to a more urban city-oriented lifestyle.


The employment environment differs for city dwellers and farmers. Farming is done outside at home ,while in the city there is often a commute to an office building for work. There is also a lot more space between farm dwellings.


Many cities are congested with people, which sometimes causes rodent infestations. Wooded areas are plentiful in the countryside near many farms, which attracts rodents to farmland. Also, school bus stops dot the roads of both farmlands and cities, delivering schoolchildren to similar educational experiences.


One misconception is that farmers may have it easy since country life is a bit slower. To the contrary, many farmers get up very early in the morning and have a full day of work comparable to their city counterparts. Another misconception is that no crime takes place on or near farmland. Though crime rates tend to be higher in cities, rural farm areas are not immune to crime.

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About the Author

Maria Evans

Maria Evans writes for grassroots advocacy efforts as an independent contractor and has been writing professionally since 2009. She has conducted health care and public policy research. Evans has taken several nutrition courses at the University of Maryland and has a master's degree in public health from George Washington University.

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