Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I found that living in the country you have to a lot more flexible on time. When you go to the shops you make the time to talk to the cashiers, and possibly other shoppers. Taking your dog for a walk in town you'll likely be stopped multiple times to talk about dogs. Sometimes you'll have to wait in line a bit longer, or wait for things to be ordered in. If you don't like something you can't try to bully your way or make a scene to get what you want.
In the city I've found people are just as friendly. I don't buy into the whole "country people are friendlier" it only seems that way because people in the country often make the time to stop and talk. The level of stress can be higher in cities, just because people have to manage things like traffic, public transport, higher costs of living, and often more "competitive" employment places.
I personally like the in-between. Small cities of 30,000 - 100,000, where you're not isolated and there isn't too much traffic or commuting, or very competitive work places. There is still a community feel but it's not so clique-y, and there are still new people to meet all the time!