In movies, it’s called a “fish out of water” story…whether it’s Michael J. Fox in “Doc Hollywood”, Bette Midler & Lily Tomlin in “Big Business”, or Kirstie Alley & Tim Allen in “For Richer, For Poorer”. The main protagonist longs for and dreams of life (usually) in the big city after spending their formative years living in the country. They’re bored and long for excitement and new horizons, often in the end realizing that their perception of what “small town” living is like is either skewed or simply misunderstood.

“Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.”

Rupert Brooke

“You may have luxuries and dainties that I have not,” she said as she hurried away, “but I prefer my plain food and simple life in the country with the peace and security that go with it.”


Today’s “This or That” focuses on living life in the country vs. in the city. Which would you choose?

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

Ambrose Bierce

“A country boy can survive.”.

Hank Williams, Jr.

Before you vote, here are some fascinating facts about the city and the country:

  • In cities, dining options are endless.
  • In the country, you can see stars…lots of them.
  • Roughly half of the world’s population lives in cities.
  • So much of country life is dependent upon electricity.
  • By 2035, the world’s most populous city will be Jakarta, at which point it will push the current holder of that title, Tokyo, into second place. 
  • In the country, traffic jams consist of three cars piled up behind a tractor.
  • The median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in New York City is $3,500 — over two times the national median of $1,480.
  • While living in the country, everyone knows your business, and some people even know your business before you do.
  • Living in a city, you naturally have more opportunity to meet new people.
  • Although medical care isn’t as advanced or plentiful as it is in a city, residents in small towns tend to be in better health and less stressed than their city-dwelling counterparts.

With those thoughts in mind, “This…or That?” this week will unscientifically determine whether we gravitate more toward the slower pace of the country or if we prefer the non-stop excitement of the city.

While you consider your decision, watch a few videos that thematically deal with both the city and country.

You simply choose your favorite and review the results below.

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