- City living often offers an easy commute to work, 24-hour food options, and a never-ending list of things to do — all at a very high cost.
- Urbanites eventually learn to adapt to the sights, sounds, and smells of cities and accept things that would drive those residing in the suburbs crazy — like insane rent prices and garbage everywhere.
- Here are the things that people deal with in the city that those in the suburbs don't understand.
For many people, living in the city means an easy commute to work, around-the-clock food options, and a way of life where nothing is really that far out of reach. But there’s a price to pay for all that goodness, and well, it’s high — both in numerical figures and casual everyday annoyances.
As someone who lives in New York, I’ve adapted to the sights, sounds, and smells of the city. I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, so the city in all of its natural glory took some getting used to. There used to be green grass, fresh air, and even stars at night.
City annoyances certainly bother me sometimes, but I’ve accepted that the city life can’t be glamorous 100% of the time. But when out-of-towners come to visit, I’m reminded of those dis pleasures, and they can be difficult to defend.
Here are 10 things city-dwellers deal with that could make suburbanites cringe:
1. You spend WHAT on rent?
Personal finance experts often say that you shouldn’t spend more than 30% of what you earn on rent and utilities. According to the United States Census Bureau, the median income in Manhattan is $75,513. That means someone earning that much shouldn't spend more than about $1,880 on rent.
But renting a good apartment for less than $2,000 in Manhattan is a proverbial unicorn. That’s why New Yorkers have roommates way past college while many suburbanites can afford to live by themselves if they choose.
2. Garbage is the perfume of the city
When my husband first moved to New York from Chicago, he catalogued every time he saw a pile of trash bags on the street with a photo as a joke. While the photos have dwindled, the garbage is most definitely still there.
But in the suburbs? People store it in their garages or in cans until it gets picked up, like civilized humans.
3. We don’t melt in the rain
We walk everywhere, even in the rain. If there’s even one raindrop, hailing a cab or getting an Uber or Lyft is virtually impossible. We’ve also learned not to stand at the corner waiting for the light, because you don’t want to get splashed by a passing car.
The luxury of having your own vehicle and barely spending a moment outside in the rain is a novelty for those not in the city.
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