17 Reasons Why Moving to the Suburbs Isn’t Always the Dream

Are you considering moving to the suburbs? Then you might find that living there isn’t everything that it’s hyped up to be. You’ll see 17 reasons why in this article.

Restaurants

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Do you enjoy eating out several times a week? “Americans eat out approximately 4.2 times a week on average,” says Gitnux. But having a meal at a restaurant might become more of a treat than a habit if you move to the suburbs, due to the distinct lack of eateries in these communities.

Driving

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The statistics from Forbes say that “91.7% of households had at least one vehicle in 2022. Only 8.3% of households did not have a vehicle.” If your family doesn’t have a car, you won’t like living in the suburbs. The suburbs are built with car transportation in mind and are hard to get around without one.

Traffic

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Forbes further notes that “the average U.S. motorist spent 51 hours sitting in traffic last year.” In the suburbs, driving is the main mode of transportation, as there’s a lack of public transportation. So, if you move there, you are more likely to waste time sitting in traffic.

Public Transportation

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The American Public Transportation Association reports that “public transportation is a $79 billion industry.” If you choose to live in the suburbs and will have to rely on public transportation to move around, you may feel frustrated. Public transportation in the suburbs tends to be limited and inefficient.

Lack of Diversity

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The suburbs of the United States are often known for their lack of cultural diversity. This can make people of an ethnic minority feel like they don’t fit in there. The lack of cultural diversity in the suburbs can make the environment and community there feel unoriginal.

Commuting

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“The average American commute is about 27 minutes,” reports The New York Times. But if you live in the suburbs and work in the city, you will have to commute back and forth each day. This will make your daily commute even longer than average.

Movies

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Do you enjoy seeing movies at the movie theater? Then you might not like life in the suburbs, as these neighborhoods do not tend to have a movie theater. Having to travel long distances just to get to a movie theater is an inconvenience that you wouldn’t have to put up with if you lived in the city.

Higher Education

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According to Best Colleges, about 15.2 million students are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. Roughly 8.5 million people are pursuing a bachelor’s degree. If you move to a suburb and want to pursue a higher education, you might find you are forced to travel to large cities far from home to do so.

Traffic

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There is always a lot of traffic on highways that lead out of a suburb to the city. If you work in a city and live in a suburb, you might find yourself spending a lot of time in traffic getting to and from work. Going into the city for entertainment might seem like a chore because of the traffic.

Character

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The houses in the suburbs all look the same, the streets look the same, and there’s not much going on in the center of town. Because of the lack of architectural diversity, suburbs can look very boring, and the housing structure can appear to lack imagination.

Cultural Institutions

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If you are a fan of visiting museums and national parks and learning about historical venues in your free time, you won’t like living in the suburbs. The suburbs are not generally known for having any cultural institutions as they are newly built places. The suburbs tend to lack character.

Isolation

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Living in the suburbs can be very isolating if you don’t have family who also lives there. This is because the suburbs do not tend to have a lot of amenities and entertainment venues. If you do not own a vehicle, it is easy to feel trapped in the suburbs.

Community Spirit

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There is frequently a lack of community spirit in the suburbs, which makes them unpopular places to live for many. This is often due to the limited communal spaces in the suburbs, so people can never really get together. If a united spirit is important to you, you won’t like the suburbs.

Distance

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In the suburbs, there can be great distances between homes. Everything seems to be far away. This is not an issue if you have a vehicle, but it can be challenging if you do not. The distance between everything can make life in the suburbs seem more lonely.

Cost of Living

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Although living in a suburb should be cheaper than living in a city, you will encounter some expenses that you might avoid in the city. These include higher landscaping costs because you have a larger yard to care for. It also includes high transportation costs as everything is further away.

Environmental Impact

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Your carbon footprint might grow after moving to the suburbs. This is mainly due to how far away everything is in the suburbs, so you always have to rely on your vehicle. Being forced to drive to the city for everyday purchases will also increase your carbon footprint.

Job Opportunities

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There are fewer job opportunities in the suburbs than there are in big cities due to the lack of infrastructure and amenities. If you move to a suburb without a job, it might be difficult for you to find employment. Many find themselves traveling to big cities to work. CF

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