Urbs, Burbs or Sticks? A Case for Each

Urbs, Burbs or Sticks? A Case for Each

As Millennials are starting to become more important to the world economy, where we like to shop, eat, and most importantly, live, is becoming part of the major business model for companies worldwide. Naturally as we are a giant generation, we have branched out to all different types of living environments. We are not limited to urban, suburbia, or rural. We live in all kinds of places. To that end, I will be writing a three part series on these environments and why they appeal to this generation.

This first of the three will deal with urban living

What Is Urban?

Urban is defined as an area that can be large are small, but has an exceedingly high population relative to its size. It is important to note that urbanization is easy to spot as one of the most definitive features of an urban area is the vast amount of human settlements in the already dense area, normally called cities.

Different countries have slightly different definitions of the word as well. These differences can be anything from 75% or more of the population is not dedicated to agriculture, to the distance between settlements must be miniscule in size, some as little as 200 meters or less.

What Are The Benefits Of Urban?

There are a few benefits of living in an urban area and I will do what I can to scratch at the surface of this incredibly loaded question.

Public transportation is at a premium in cities. Cars can be expensive, between gas, insurance, maintenance and repairs-- having alternate means to travel around can be a big plus for a millennial’s wallet.

Shopping and dining is also on a completely different level in an urban environment. There are more choices and variety of cuisine. Every single street in some of these places has a new option just waiting around the corner to be found. This search for something new or an old favorite meal can be an exhilarating experience.

There are lots of job opportunities in a city. Some may make the claim that this is the single greatest benefit of living in an urban environment.

Socialization is at a premium in an urban setting. Obviously a densely packed area has lots of people. Where lots of people congregate, potential friendships may be quick to follow. Combine the large number of people with the vast choices of not just the already mentioned dining and shopping, but also museums, sports venues, parks, and even nightlife. Combine the nightlife with transportation that allows one to arrive home safe and the perfect place for the aspiring socialite has been set.

How Millennials Benefit From These Perks

Many millennials are finding their way in urban environments and many like it this way.

As millennials become more concerned with the environment as well as factors that impact our effect on the world at large, we have decided how to reduce carbon emissions. Rapid transit helps alleviate these problems. These vehicles send out less pollution due to less vehicles being on the road in general. Gas prices being higher than they were ten years ago also helps with this trend.

Millennials in a thirst for exploration see trying new foods as well as getting multiple places for their convenience shopping to be a major boon this point also helps with one of the later points I will be addressing in just a moment.

Like most other age groups, jobs are important for financial stability. The fact that there are more jobs in cities means that more millennials will be seeking out those jobs.

Socialization combined with the earlier point of new restaurants to explore and new products to shop for, create countless chances at friend making. As millennials continue to be obsessed with social media, we have also become aware that we need physical human interactions as well. Being in close proximity to others allows for meaningful and healthy relationships.

This is part one of the three different living environments that millennials have chosen. There are many considerations when deciding where to live. My hope is that after reading this article, you’ll be better equipped to understand if living in an urban setting is right for you. Being a millennial is optional in this aspect.


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