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During the pandemic, fewer people have been moving to cities. The chances of catching the virus in crowded streets, the flexibility of remote working, and the prospect of going through another lockdown in a cramped apartment have made cities seem a little less desirable. 

Instead, there has been an increase in people considering moving to suburban areas. There are so many positives to living in suburban areas, but here are our top five.

1. Cheaper housing

It is no secret that choosing a house in the surrounding suburbs of your preferred city can save you a lot of money. In the U.S. the average monthly rent in urban areas is $1848 compared to suburban prices at $1269 per month. For example, the average rent in Brooklyn in urban areas like Carroll Gardens can reach an average of $3,839 per month, whereas suburban areas like Gerritsen Beach offer an average rent as low as $1,734 per month. 

The money saved on rent whilst living in the suburbs can be put towards buying your own property in the future. Living in the suburb is a great option if city rent is making it hard for you to get on the property ladder. Alternatively, homes in the suburbs could provide a great opportunity for rentvesting.

2. More space

Not only are house prices cheaper in suburban areas, but you also get more space for your money. The need for a spacious house has become more prevalent since many among us have experienced the cramped conditions of our apartments during national lockdowns this year. 

With the advent of remote working, more and more people are rethinking their home space and choosing larger properties outside of the city where they can convert a bedroom into an office space.

3. Safer

When people are considering a move to the suburbs, it is usually because they are looking to start a family. When we have a family, our priorities shift. What once was a cool, edgy apartment in the city center, now seems like a death trap waiting to happen. Perhaps the most important thing is ensuring that our children are safe.

Suburbs are often safer than cities. In urban areas, violent crimes and property crimes are three to four times higher than in rural communities and this trend is similar across all types of crime. The distinction between crime rates in urban areas and rural areas is significant in a lot of countries including Canada, the Netherlands, England, and Australia, which suggests that suburbs are safer across the board.

4. Outdoor living

When it comes to raising children, another priority that parents have is access to nature. Countless studies have shown the role that nature plays in tackling childhood obesity, helping children with attention deficit disorder, improving self-esteem, and promoting good emotional wellbeing in our young people.

Simply let our kids play in nature without guidance or structure boosts problem-solving skills, cooperative skills, and self-awareness. Behaviors that children are no longer partaking in such as tree climbing helps children to develop a sense of freedom, responsibility and teaches them to measure risk. Being closer to nature can benefit the entire family. 

5. More community

There is often a strong sense of community in suburban areas. There are fewer people living in one space so it is more likely that you will know your neighbors, that you will meet them at clubs or town events and bump into them on the street. This can have a positive impact on your well-being. Feeling like you are part of a community provides a sense of belonging. Meeting new people and making new connections can provide a deeper sense of purpose to our everyday lives and reduce the risk of mental illness.

There are many advantages to living in the suburbs. When considering where to live, people usually focus on the financial aspects of their decision, but there is so much more to consider. Suburbs are safer, they are closer to nature and they allow for a greater sense of community and belonging. All of these can have significant positive effects on well-being. Mental health and overall quality of life.