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6 Positive and Negative Health Impacts of City Living

We get it. Cities are cool. It’s where all the opportunities are, and it’s hard to beat the nightlife compared to living in the country. There’s always something to see and do in a city—with their museums, galleries, shops, cafes, restaurants, and… well, you get the picture.

However, while those who live in rural settings may sometimes be at a loss for immediate entertainment, they may have the edge when it comes to health benefits related to where they’re situated. Here are six ways that living in a densely populated area may be affecting you…


1. Lowered Stress Tolerance in Cities

Living in a busy city may be stressful by nature, and according to GlobalCitizen.org, “the brains of people living in rural areas differ drastically when compared to those living in urban environments.” Namely, two regions in the brain (amygdalae and the perigenual anterior cingulate cortex), light up more in city dwellers when they experience stress, adds the source.

This is perhaps from repetitive stress associated with city living and a heightened fight-or-flight mechanism, adds the source. It’s no surprise that those who live in the city have more chance of developing anxiety disorders (21-percent higher) and mood disorders (39-percent higher), it explains.

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