Many soon-to-be parents ask themselves this question in order to raise their children in the best way possible and the answer is clearly not an easy one.
One of the benefits of growing up in the countryside is certainly the close contact a child could keep with nature, not just for their social development, but for their health too. Children growing up in big cities are often exposed to huge amounts of pollution, which could have negative repercussions later in their life. The advantage of being raised at close contact with nature is huge: studies have shown that often people raised in the countryside are happier and more conscious of the enviroment.
On the other hand one might want to raise their children in a city for convenience: cities usually have good public transportation, a huge benefit for parents who might not be able to take their children to school, sports centers or simply to their friends’ houses. Public transporation lacks greatly in the countryside, the roads public vehicles have to take are often dirt roads, which are very inconvenient in terms of speed for busses.
Countryside towns do not usually have a lot of public services or activities to do. Schools, hospitals, fire stations and police stations are for the most part located in cities and getting there might require a lot of time. Towns in the countryside often do not have cinemas, arcades, but instead have soccer fields and basketball courts, some may consider this a good thing as children in the countryside spend more time outdoors.
In conclusion: there is not an answer to wether it’s better to raise your children in the countryside or in a city, it all depends on how you want them to grow up, it’s certainly not an easy choice as it will greatly impact your child’s life buthow you raise your child is far more important.