The switch to hybrid and remote work has left many fleeing the city, with the attachment to an office building fading. City-dwellers have found refuge in the cozy suburbs. Around 91% of identified suburban counties saw a record increase in people, while 82% of urban areas saw more people moving out. But this move can come with some challenges, including a culture shock.
The Two Environments
Unsurprisingly, many opted to move out of the city for the lack of space. The suburbs provide square footage for designated home offices and more privacy from neighbors. However, this stillness can become daunting for those accustomed to the hustle and bustle of city life. In the city, you never run out of things to do or see, whereas in the suburbs, you may need to put yourself out there a little more.
Start by familiarizing yourself with your new surroundings. Find a favorite spot; this could be a coffee shop or bookstore. You may even become a familiar face at a local cafe where you regularly enjoy your lunch. Regardless, you’ll also want to introduce yourself to community members. One of the easiest ways to do so is by joining the community Facebook or Nextdoor neighborhood group; some suburban areas may even have a website. By joining, you will have access to information about upcoming community events in which to get involved.
Find your Comfortability
Neighbors are more likely to open their homes for meeting hubs or dinner parties. In stark contrast to the city, the home is a central part of suburban life. It should become a reflection of who you are, so make it as authentically you as possible. Spend time personalizing it with photos, décor and furniture; it doesn’t have to be extravagant or posh.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned these past few years, it’s the importance of a steady support system. Almost 30% of those who recently relocated cite proximity to loved ones as a deciding factor for their move. If that’s the case for you, continue to nourish those relationships and take solace in knowing you may only be a few doors down from family.
Don’t be Hard on Yourself
Acclimating yourself to your new surroundings can become overwhelming; understand that it’s perfectly okay to admit that you miss the city. While it won’t be the same, you can always plan a visit to your old neighborhood, make it a date night or meet up with some friends for coffee.