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Top 4 Reasons Why a Rising Number of People are Moving out of Cities

Let's take a closer look at why a large number of people are abandoning life in the city.

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22 August 2018

Last updated on 27 August 2018
Top 4 Reasons Why a Rising Number of People are Moving out of Cities

There are a number of possible reasons why people make the concious decisions to move out of cities and settle into smaller towns. From health reasons to safety concerns, from escaping the noise to the chance to leave the traffic congestion behind.

Santa Fe Relocation in Dubai takes a closer look at why a large number of people are abandoning life in the city.

Health & well-being

With reports in 2017 suggesting that living in a city could seriously damage your health, this could be one of the key factor behind this moving trend. When living in a city, you are exposed to higher levels of air and noise pollution, not to mention the stress of living in a constantly crowded area. While this issue is unavoidable when living in a city, living elsewhere offers better air for your lungs meaning you are reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular related problems.

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Traffic

In a city environment, it’s almost impossible to avoid traffic. In fact, earlier this year, it was revealed that UK rush-hour drivers spend over a day in traffic each year. With this statistic in mind, it’s no wonder that a rising number of us are heading to quieter areas away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan areas.

Noise

If you’ve ever gone on a countryside escape and returned to the city a week later, you will have noticed the difference in noise levels. It’s not just sirens and car horns making up the noise though, as there are numerous other contributors to the sounds we hear around us each day with construction work being one of the loudest contributors. New York is a particularly loud city with noise levels ranging from 101 decibels at Astor Place Subway to 54 decibels in Central Park. The top quietest cities, however, are Zurich, Vienna, Oslo, Munich and Stockholm, so there’s still hope for those wanting to live amongst an urban cityscape!

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Safety concerns

One of the biggest reasons for people moving to the countryside and away from the main cities is due to safety. While there are some cities in the world which rank as the deadliest as a result of the high homicide rates, with Los Cabos in Mexico taking the top spot, safety is a key concern for many expats looking to make a move to some of the world’s most popular destinations including Cape Town in South Africa and Kingston in Jamaica. However, it isn’t only homicide that remains a concern for expats looking to move, with overall crime rates often taken into consideration. Looking at the 2018 mid-year crime rate index, expats can see that while Japan, Qatar, Singapore and United Arab Emirates remain some of the safest countries with low crime rates in the world, Venezuela, Papua New Guinea, Honduras, and South Africa’s crime rates are some of the highest. Due to the higher levels of population in major cities, crime rate is often much higher than in the countryside, which is a key factor behind making the move.

If you would like to find out more information about how we can assist your move abroad, get in touch with a member of our expert team by calling 04 332 1595.

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