ARE YOU BETTER OFF STAYING WITH THE HERD? CITY OR COUNTRY LIVING?

When it comes to finding the ideal environment for you and your family to live, it goes without saying that safety is a top priority. But will you be safer in the city, living among groups of people or going it alone in a rural atmosphere? Before jumping into somewhere based on your instincts, use some basic research techniques to find out the facts. Safety has many faces, from physical to financial, and each environment has its own risks and rewards. The best choice for you depends on the facts you ferret out.

Physical Safety

All things being equal, it seems logical that it would be safer to live in the quiet countryside than in a busy city. Not true, according to a study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. It states that the risk of injury death from both crime and accidents is more than 20 percent higher in the countryside than in urban areas.

The risk of homicide might be greater in large cities, but dangers from auto accidents is significantly higher in the country, where people drive more often, longer distances and even drive drunk more than those in cities do. You can change these odds for your own family, though, by being smart and prepared. Living significantly apart from others can prevent you becoming a victim of violent crime, and smart habits can reduce your risk from traffic and gunfire accidents.

Financial Safety

You’re subject to the same online thieves whether you live in the city or country, but the risk of identity theft may be more prevalent in the city. Purse snatching and card reading are still major methods for stealing personal information, and you’re much more likely to come across these problems living in the city. Programs such as Lifelock’s Online Risk Calculator can give you the odds of having your identity stolen in a given situation. The odds are generally even higher if you don’t arm yourself with information and don’t practice good financial habits.

Social Safety

Making yourself and your family safe is mostly about looking to the future and preventing as many disasters as possible from happening. Your living environment will inform the ways in which you have to prepare. Prepping for civil uprising such as riots is much more important in urban areas than on farms or in woodsy cabins. On the other hand, hurricanes and tornadoes threaten people both urban and country, depending on what part of the country you live. Prepping is crucial for the future safety of your family, and the first step in prepping is to figure out what to prep for.

When deciding how to prep in terms of your environment, go with your strengths. If you know a lot about gardening, livestock, and living off-grid, make the countryside your home base and stock up accordingly, using natural disasters as a template for your possible future problems. A storm shelter should be high on your priority list, as well as alternate power sources. On the other hand, if you’ve never lived without electricity except during blackouts and can’t start a barbecue fire, it’s not a smart idea to move out of the city before doing some heavy research. If you want to have a rural home base, study all necessary skills beforehand and move from the city afterward. Do your safety prepping with civil unrest in mind. Strengthen doors and windows, practice firearms training, and store supplies than can be used without power or running water.

Written by Realty Times Staff

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Author: Alicia Holman

Experience and passion are just two words that best describe Alicia Holman. As Designated Broker, Alicia is passionate about helping people begin to create wealth through making smart real estate choices. With an extensive background in customer service, her number one priority is the relationships she builds with each and every client. Alicia views helping people buy and sell Arizona real estate as more than a career. It's also her opportunity to make a positive impact in people's lives. Alicia understands the need for distinctive real estate representation. Today, Alicia couldn't ask for a better job. "It’s a great feeling to live and work in an area with so many real estate opportunities. I’ve lived in Arizona for more than 40 years and every day I gain a greater appreciation for all that this area has to offer." As a fulltime broker, Alicia’s approach to real estate is focused around getting to know her clients as real people and taking care of them from beginning to end. Her professional, straightforward approach to real estate has empowered her to listen carefully with interest and understanding to each specific need of her client, in order to assure that he or she is satisfied whether buying or selling.

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