By Chelsea Bray-Elle A. Design
Five Reasons to Move to a Small Town
If you have been thinking about making the move to a small town for a while, here are five more reasons that will make you want to take the leap. Often the charm of a small town is the more relaxed way of life and having more space of your own to enjoy. There are so many more benefits to living in a smaller community that you might not know about!
1. Lower Cost of Living
This is a pretty common reason to want to live in a smaller town but often when we think of cost of living, we focus on housing. Many times, everything from gas prices to grocery prices will be cheaper in a small town so your money will go a lot further. You will save money and have more room to live when you move to a small town.
2. Community Appeal
Getting to know your neighbors, sitting on your front porch, and waving to strangers may seem like things from a movie but they are things that actually happen in a small town. It is easy to build connections and relationships with people and become a part of the community. You will get to know the people you interact with every day and they will get to know you too.
3. Less Competition for Small Business Owners
If you are moving to a smaller town to start a business, this could mean less competition for you! Trading the constant traffic for a very loyal customer base could mean more success for your business. There is also a chance that the business you want to open doesn’t even exist in that town and there may be a need for it that you can fill.
4. Shorter Commutes and Less Traffic
If you are tired of spending hours a day in your car, moving to a small town could be the change you need. Rush hour isn’t going to hold you up from getting home and spending time with your family. Plus, your overall commute will most likely be shorter, giving you more time to sleep in or spending time doing things you want to do.
5. Smaller Schools and Churches
When you live in a small town, the people in your community become an extension of your family. Knowing everyone you go to church with makes the experience more valuable and everyone takes care of each other. Kids that go to smaller schools have smaller class sizes and really get to know their teachers. Their teachers are people known in the community and take pride in helping each student grow.
Whether you are looking for a place to retire, raise a family, or just a place to slow down, a small town may be for you. Take some time to visit some small towns to see what your life could be like. For more info on visiting the small towns that make up Champaign County, and finding one that might be perfect for you, click here.