5 disadvantages of Urban Living

Urban Living

Urban Living

Urban living refers to living life removed from the rural and old ways of life that are not tenable or practicable in the urban environment or lifestyle. The urban lifestyle is practiced mostly in the urban centers like the cities and not for instance in the farming or ranching communities in the country side. Urban living requires urban methods of making a living and this makes the urban dwellers opt to live a different lifestyle that despite having some advantages also has a host of disadvantages. These are discussed in this article.

Lack of privacy

The first major disadvantage is that the urban lifestyle necessitates the living in a crowded metropolitan. This precipitates the reduction in privacy due to the little space in the urban setting and the fact that there are always activities taking place even at night. Privacy is very easy to have in the rural settings but urban living severely cramps this possibility. The buildings are close together and living in flats is a common option which means that one is always surrounded by other people which will always lead to reduction of privacy greatly.

Skyhigh rent prices

Urban living brings a huge number of people together in the urban centers. This entire population of people has to be accommodated in some living quarters which mean that there is a huge demand for hosing units. This great demand also leads to a sharp rise in the house rents for the scarce housing. The prime housing units are rented out at very high prices and the outright purchases are even more expensive.

Lack of open and green spaces

In many urban settings, there are very few or even totally missing green spaces that a person could use to do some physical activity like walking which is a very advisable activity as it promotes good health. Parks and other open spaces provide the opportunity for the inhabitants to practice health promoting activities which in the rural areas can be done in abundance. 


Urban centers are filled with motorized transport and other sources of pollutants like waste from the large populations of people. The urban centers have very little green cover which would provide a sink for some of the gases that are absorbed by the plants reducing their harmful presence in the atmosphere. Tree cover also helps in producing oxygen and the clean air we breath in. so urban centers have a shortage in clean air unlike the suburban and rural lifestyles.

Sense of community

Urban settings are very individualistic in nature and the sense of community that is very common in other areas is very rare to come across here. People are all concentrated on their own affairs paying little or no attention to their friends and neighbors. The sense of community is very important and prevents a lot of problems which may face a community since they are tackled as a community. This however is starkly absent in urban living.

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