I'm from the "city"...
People from the city are friendly. Just because we don't say hello to every single person who drives by doesn't mean we aren't friendly, and certainly not . When 3 million people live in your county. All the neighbors are friendly in my city. I've hardly even seen anyone be rude to a worker. The one time I did I was SURE to rip the woman a new one. I know and talk to all the workers in the stores I frequent.
Yeah, "city people" are busy. They cost of living in a city vs that in the country is more. Long Island, for example, the average income is TWICE that of the rest of the country. 10% of those people will make 5x the average of the rest of the country. We have to work hard to maintain that lifestyle. We are also busy because we actually have things to do! We have movie theaters, amazing places to eat, NYC is a short train ride away, great entertainment, beaches, boating, parks, lots of recreational activities. People in small towns... How many times can you do the same things over and over again?
One thing I love about the city is pride. I LOVE where I live. I'm proud to say I'm from New York. When we do it we do it well. We have some of the best health care facilities and great schools.
Another thing I love about the city... Diversity. There are black people, Asian people, Buddhists, Muslims, gay people, young and old, etc. you can be anyone you want to be when you grow up in a city. You'll have opportunities you'll never have in a small town.
Just because we don't think that smelling like cow crap everyday is appealing doesn't mean that city people are stupid. I'd feel pretty darn lucky to be born with the "privilege" of growing up in a farm setting. Likewise, I'm sure there are people who would rather be born into the "city" lifestyle.
Some "differences" city people see in "small town" people are they close minded, bible thumpers, backwards, slow, etc. Do I think they are true? No, but there are lots of people who think that way.
The door swings both ways here.
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I'm from New Orleans, and now live in rural Alabama. There are differences between city folk and small town folk, at least around here. I'll put it this way...we've lived here since 2001, except for a 2 yr period when we moved back home. Long story. Anyhow, some of the rudest people I've met have been here. We've learned through several bad experiences that it's just better to not make friends with the locals, for the most part. Every time we have ever befriended a local, it always ended badly. They eventually want to borrow money, or your car or something substantial, then act offended when told no. I had one friend just assume I'd loan her my car without even asking. She called to let me know what time she'd be over to pick it up. Yet another called and asked if they could come see what we had in our freezer because the husband had been laid off. Our friends are all ex-military (there's an army base here). In the city, I NEVER had anyone EVER ask me my religion within the first 5 minutes of meeting me. I've NEVER had anyone literally turn their back on me, mid conversation, because of my religious beliefs. I'd never been judged because we don't go to church or because we drink on Sunday. Our daughter was never ostracized because of religion when we lived in the city. In the city, it didn't matter if you came from an "old family". I don't know. That being said, people in the city are always rush rush rush. Most really don't take time to slow down and relax. They are always in a hurry for something. Plus, where we live now I don't have to really worry about my car being broken into or my lawn furniture being stolen. I've been told I'm anti-social, as most people annoy me. I don't have patience for small talk or chit chat over the fence about the weather, and I'm not really interested in what their granddaughters boyfriends sister did last week. I love where we live, because we're out in the county. I literally don't have to see or talk to anyone I don't choose to, unless I go into town.