Benefits of Living in a Smaller City

Big cities have their downsides, especially when you consider all the traffic, crowds, and long lines. Small city life can be just as, if not more, rewarding and entertaining than the “big city”. Small towns have character, and an opportunity to get to know your neighbors. Here are a few reasons why small city living beats big city life every time.

Easy to get around

Tired of waking up at 5am to sit in two hours of traffic just to barely make it in time for your downtown job? With small cities this problem is non-existent. Get anywhere you need in minutes flat. There’s also no question that the scenic route is far more visually appealing than staring at the same car bumper for 45 minutes. Not to mention all the opportunity to take advantage of sunny days and get some fresh air. Walk in the park, anyone?

Great quality for a better price

It’s undeniable that small communities also offer quality products. Small cities have so many small businesses and offer products that are made with careful attention to detail. This means that you won’t be facing sky-high prices for products but you don’t have to lower your standards. Shop around at small boutiques, or catch up with friends at the Orillia Bakery and Deli.

Strong sense of community

When you live in a high-rise with over 500 units and even more people, it’s hard to build a relationship with your neighbors. Kind acts are normally limited to begrudgingly pushing their floor number on a busy elevator. In small cities like Orillia, with a population of just over 30,000, you get the chance to really know your neighbors. People are friendlier and are known to stop and chat for a while, which is perfect for when you unexpectedly need to borrow a cup of sugar.

Green space

There is nothing worse than waking up to a warm and sunny Saturday, only to run down to the park and find that it’s completely packed. In small cities, you can’t avoid green space. There’s always parks to stroll through, beaches to lounge at, and trails to hike. Rain or shine, you can always find somewhere great to enjoy, like Couchiching Beach Park – a local favorite.

Settle down

When was the last time you heard someone tell their kids to go play on the fire escape? It’s hard to raise kids in the big city where taxis are zipping around and driver’s simultaneously decided to give up shoulder checks when switching lanes. In small cities, you get the best of both words. There’s so much to do, but also so many places for kids to explore. You can teach them to ride a bike in real life and not just in a video game. If you want to have the resources of a big city, but the comfort of a safe town, then Orillia is the place for you.

With so much to do, and so much time to do it there’s no wonder why so many people are choosing to move to smaller cities like Orillia. Take the kids for a walk in the park, or grab a coffee at Verona’s. Whatever you choose to do, there’s no going wrong.

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