Advantages And Disadvantages of Living in a Big City
Big cities such as Jakarta, Melbourne or New York are great places where you can find many tall buildings, vehicles, recreational areas and various other things that cannot be found in small town or villages. (Bigcity, n. d. ) Most people prefer living in a big city because in a place where the economy is constantly growing and where anything is possible, it is significantly easier to find a good job with a better quality of life. However aside from the numerous advantages of living in a big city, there are also a few down points to living there.
First of all, in a big city we can get what we cannot find in village or small town. For example, in a big city there are many malls, cinemas, nightclubs, restaurants and sport stations. Malls are really nice places to hang out with friends at because the buildings are designed in such a way that people feel comfortable spending large amounts of time in them. Customers are provided with a good service and they are able to find many products, not only the ones they need, but also the ones they want. Also people can taste a lot of different kinds of food from different provinces or countries.
Secondly, schools in a big city is relatively more qualified and recognized than schools in small towns, and there are even schools with an international standard, which enable children to be more developed in different languages such as English, Chinese and many more. Thirdly, in a big city usually there are a lot of hospitals with advanced technology and better medical treatments because they recruit the doctors who are well-known in the country, and sometimes these hospitals even employ doctors from other countries. In short, patients are more likely to receive better care and treatments in a big city than in small towns.
Next, travelling is much easier because in a big city there are good transportation systems such as airplanes, trains, buses, and others. Usually international flights are only available from major cities, as there would be bigger airports. The road systems would be better, hence the buses and trains would be able to service more people to greater distances, so it is relatively easier for residents to travel. Lastly, networking is not such a big problem in big cities, because a big city is where people from all over the world travel to and reside.
It is more possible to socialize with and befriend people of different nationalities in a big city. (Shane62, 2010) However, living in a big city also has its disadvantages. For example, the high level of unemployment. As it is known, many people want to go to a big city to find a job but unfortunately it can be really hard because every year the population in these cities is increasing, which means there will be less jobs available. Next, the cost of living is very high. Land is very expensive as less land is available for building house or offices.
Taxes are also higher. In small towns, people usually shop at traditional markets, which has fairly low prices. In big cities, the prices of foodstuffs are usually marked up, which means buying food is much more expensive in big cities than in small towns. Another major disadvantage is the terrible traffic conditions. Traffic jams usually happen in big cities, because big cities are often really crowded and nowadays people are more likely to use their private vehicles rather than using the public transportation.
The more cars are out on the roads, the higher the possibility for congestions is. The next disadvantage is air pollution. The government keeps building high-rises and real estates that there is hardly any space left to plant trees and build parks. The large number of cars also contributes to the high level of pollution. As the emission from cars is not controlled, old vehicles produce a vast amount of smog that contain CO2 which in turn, causes global warming. (Shane26,2010) (Waxpoeticg,2013) To sum up, living in a big city has its advantages and disadvantages. However in my opinion, living in a big city is really good because one can get a good education, excellent healthcare, easy transportation and find many wonderful recreational facilities.