20 Reasons You Should Never Live In NYC

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Currently, there are more than 8 million people in the United States who call New York City home.  With such a large population, you may be wondering why on earth anyone would want to live in such a crowded place. Seriously, the city if full of people and things, and sometimes it’s impossible to go anywhere without literally running into someone. How can people survive in a place like that? You’ve got to be crazy to want to live in a city full of culture, entertainment, fun, and excitement.  Especially when there’s plenty of other places to live.  If you like trying new things, and having the world right outside of your doorstep, then New York probably isn’t the place for you.  Here are 20 reasons you should never live in NYC.

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You’ll never have to drive.

For people in many places in the country, life without a car is almost unimaginable.  There’s a sense of freedom that comes with knowing you can just hop in the car and go somewhere whenever you want.  Unfortunately, most New Yorkers don’t get to experience this.  However, unlike people in most other places, NYC has an awesome public transportation system that runs 24/7 and can get you pretty much anywhere you need to go. As great as driving can be, sometimes it’s nice to be able to sit back and enjoy the ride.

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People in NYC don’t care about each other.

New Yorkers have a pretty bad reputation for being rude and standoff-ish.  But, a closer look at the city will show you that New Yorkers really do love each other and their city.  They take pride in their home state, and have a special bond with others who live there.

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There’s a good chance you could gain some weight.

No, this doesn’t mean that New Yorkers are fat, but with all of the amazing food the city has to offer it’s a miracle that everyone in the city doesn’t gain dozens of pounds.

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You’ll probably never see any famous people.

Sure, you probably won’t be making any famous BFFs, but with all of the celebrities that are from New York and currently call the city home, there’s a good chance you could run into a famous face on the street.

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Everyone in New York is the same.

All New Yorkers are the same? Yeah right, with a populations of millions of people, many of whom have come to the United States from other countries, NYC is one of the most diverse areas in the country.  Even if you never leave the city, you can be immersed in several different cultures.

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There’s no talent anywhere in the city.

Why would anyone with any type of talent ever move to a place like NYC? Let’s see, why not? Plenty of artists and musicians got their start in the city, and it’s become a breeding grounds for underground talent and people looking to make it big.  If anything, the city is overflowing with talent.

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New York is a HUGE sports city, and there’s a pro team for almost every sport – in most cases, there’s more than one team to choose from.  This could cause some serious problems if you pick the wrong team, but there’s no greater sense of pride than when any team brings a championship to the city.

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People are always playing music.

Some may think of it as noise, but NYC is full of the sounds of beautiful music.  From subway cars, to streets, to concert venues, there’s good music everywhere, and a lot of it is even free.

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The entire city is the same.

When most people think of NYC, they only think of tiny Manhattan and all of the tiny apartments that cost thousands of dollars each month.  However, the city is actually made up of all five boroughs, each of which offers its own unique look and feel.  No matter what type of environment you like, there’s a pretty good chance there’s some place in NYC you’d enjoy.

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It’s just a big dirty city with no concept of taste or class. 

Some people have this perception of NYC that it’s nothing  but a bunch of concrete and subway cars. However, NYC’s concrete has some serious class.  The city is full of museums, fine restaurants, and great schools.

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You can learn everything there is to know about NYC without ever even going there.

Okay, so if you already know about the Empire State Building, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty then there’s nothing else NYC can offer you, right? WRONG. New York is full of entertaining and historical attractions, and lots of lesser-known hidden gems.  Even if you live in NYC for your entire life, you won’t be able to see all of the great things the city has to offer.

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You’ll probably never find a job.

Living in the city is expensive, so there’s a pretty good chance you’ll need a job if you expect to be able to afford to live, well, anywhere.  Although many people find NYC intimidating, and feel like getting a job is impossible, that’s actually no the case.  Of course, every job isn’t going to pay six figures, but there’s a lot of opportunities for work all over the city.

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You’ll never be able to find anything for a good price.

Everything in NYC is ridiculously expensive, and everyone in the city is rich.  Yeah, um, that’s not true.  Not everyone in the city is living in multi-million dollar pent houses, and not everyone in the city can afford to purchase things without a care.  There are plenty of great sales and deals at various places throughout the city.  There are also lots of independently owned shops and boutiques that are great for bargain hunters.

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You could live in California instead.

You could live in California, but then you’d be missing out on living in what most people consider the greatest city in the country: New York.  Plus, if being near the beach if your concern, New York has several beaches as well.

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It gets cold, and then it get’s really hot, and then it gets really…

The weather in NYC may not be the same all year-round, but that’s not a bad thing.  Living in NYC, you’ll get to experience all four of the seasons.  You’ll have white Christmases, sunny summers, perfect springs, and beautiful foliage to look at in the fall.

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You might actually have to stay out past 2AM.

In a lot of cities throughout the country, bars and clubs close around two or three, but since New York never sleeps, you can literally stay out all night and find a place that’s still keeping the party going. No matter what type of scene you like, the city has something for you.

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There’s never anything to do.

There’s always something to do in New York, even if what you like to do consists of sitting in a coffee shop listening to live music and using free wi-fi.  The city offers an abundance of activities and events, some of which are very inexpensive or free. From concerts, to museums, to walks in the park, you shouldn’t having trouble finding a way to get out of the house.

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NYC is dangerous.

If you’ve watched enough Law & Order, you’ll probably be scared to walk around NYC without your own personal body-guard.  However, NYC is actually one of the safest big cities in the country.  Compared to the city’s population, the crime rate is surprisingly low.

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No one will think you’re cool.

Actually, if you move to NYC, there’s a pretty good chance that everyone will think you’re cool.  Your place will definitely be the hangout spot for all of your friends who live outside of the city but love to come visit.

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There’s nothing special about NYC.

Despite what people may think, New York City is a very special place.  Even if you’re not particularly fond of cities, it’s hard to deny the fact that NYC is a very unique and diverse place that is full of life and excitement.

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