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Advantages and disadvantages of city life

N We live in Russia the largest country in the world. There are so many big cities and small villages. It goes without saying that the life in the city and country is different. Any big city has its own problems as well as the village.
N To my mind the first and foremost is an enormous air and noise pollution. Its interesting to note, that every year world industry pollutes the atmosphere with million tons of dust and other harmful substances. People suffer from smog, its difficult to breathe. And of course, its very noisy outside because of a heavy traffic. Also there are such problems, as accidents, car crashes, rush hours, constant queuing. Besides, life in a big city is much more stressful then in the country. One of the reasons for it is crime. The crime rate speeds up very quickly.
N I think that the housing shortage is also a big problem of many families. Cities are overcrowded. About 10 mln people live in shared apartments. It is known that many of the unmarried adults live in a hostel or rent a room from a private owner. Also many people are scared to loose their jobs. The cost of living is very high. Citizens have to pay much more extra expenses for public transport, snacks, entertainment.
N But whatever the disadvantages are, I personally prefer to live in a big city and there are several reasons for it.
N Firstly, life in the city is more anonymous. You can be who you want to be and do whatever you want to do.
N Secondly, I consider a city to be a good place to make friends in, because the range of people to choose from and to make friends with is much wider.
N Another and the most important reason for me is that there is so much going on. There are a lot of concerts, theatres, cinemas, art galleries, museums, libraries, gyms, discos.
N It is needless to say that the citizens are more advantaged in education. They have more chances to enter this or that university, to find a prestigious job.
N The village has its own problems. The everyday life is not easy, for example living conditions of people. Many of the houses dont have modern conveniences such as running water, central heating, telephone services.
N You can feel terribly isolated in the village as the roads are very bad and its difficult to get from there to the nearest district centre or a town, especially in autumn and spring. Usually there is only a one shop in the country and you cant buy everything you need. Another problem is that its difficult to get good education in the country and enter the university after that. There are no museums, art galleries, theatres, gyms there. The style of life in the country is also different from that in the city, as everybody knows you and expects you to live and behave in a certain way.
N But the air is so fresh and clear, the nature is so beautiful, the life is quite and a friendly smile is common thing in the village. I think that this place is for those people who are looking for a peace and a lovely natural environment. In spite a lot of problems I prefer to live in a big city, which can offer me fun, pleasure, comfort and excitement.