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The reasons why many professionals choose to live within or near big cities are evident—New York and San Francisco, for example, are the centers of a plethora of industries, making the career opportunities within grasp endless. However, the steep cost of living and the high level of stress in metropolises make some workers consider leaving them behind for good. How does one’s career sustain such a drastic move? A recent article by Forbes examined the process of moving out of a big city while still maintaining a healthy career, taking into account steps including making compromises, practicing self-reliance, and adjusting one’s priorities.
One couple who chose to relocate to a quieter area ended up reducing their monthly housing costs by 40% by leaving the Bay Area behind. “On the plus side, life is easy here [in Folsom, California],” Nicole Foster, the wife in the aforementioned couple, commented to Forbes. “No traffic or angry drivers, no sad stories of hardworking people struggling to survive in impossible circumstances. […] People are happy!” Indeed, recent studies suggested that those living outside major metropolitan areas are generally happier than those living in big cities.