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Pandemic Leads City Dwellers to Burn Down Urban Living Ideals for Rural & Self-Reliant Alternatives



Stay at home orders have resulted in an illusion of stagnancy. Whether this time has provided a pause on societal motion, income streams, or group activity it has lead to a push for change in various ways. Not only are businesses reassessing their model, but citizens are also reevaluating their choice for a location in living. Many are ditching the urban lifestyle for a quiet and more independent way of living.

In a recent Forbes article, a Los Angeles based couple shared how an urban escape felt better than bunkering down in an overpopulated area. “We loaded up my parents (both cancer survivors), a college-aged nephew and the dog,” Stephanie Steele, television executive shares, “and drove two straight days to get to Bigfork. My husband and I planned on staying a few days before returning to Los Angeles. It’s now been 10 weeks. We asked ourselves, what are we rushing back for?”


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This is a story a lot of people can relate to. Whether it’s moving, staying in an AirBnb, or converting a van into a tiny home, more people are beginning to feel and embrace the shifts of a post-pandemic world. However, as reports continue to be released, many are preparing for the idea that this may not be the only pandemic we experience in our lifetime.

Rather than fearing this truth, people are preparing for a way to steer from crowds, lines, and over-priced skylines. According to the article, data from the new Harris Poll shares, “nearly one-third of Americans are considering moving to less densely populated areas in the wake of the pandemic. The survey sampled more than 2,000 American adults from April 25-27 and found that nearly half of urbanites had browsed on-line for homes, condos, or apartments to rent or buy away from metropolitan areas.”


Rural and minimalistic living isn’t new and has been around since before the pandemic hit on a global scale. Perhaps this instance has only propelled it to grow and inspire a simplistic lifestyle. There is a shift away from previous activities like going to the movie theater or spending time in a shopping mall. The results of societal unrest in the middle of a pandemic and increasing state of protest/riots are a major factor in this shift.


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As internet speeds reach new levels, many are also able to work from home. This takes expensive retail and office spaces off of business owners’ minds and allows employees to create a schedule of their own. Why remain in a crowded and over-priced location when you can work from the comfort of a rural mountain range? This is a question many are beginning to explore.


“We lived less than a mile from where the recent riots took place,” Steele says, “so when we see what’s happening around the country and talk to our friends hunkered down in cities, it’s an affirmation of the choice we made to be self-sufficient on the farm. Fear is gripping the nation and is a big motivation encouraging people to get out.”


As the days continue to grow in uncertainty, Americans are making the move to determine their own futures and risk from an unpleasant surprise sweeping them off their foot. There is a sense of security to be found in being independent and able to fully provide for yourself and your family.


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