[caption id="attachment_149" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Farmall H Model Tractor[/caption] Have you ever wondered how someone survives without living in an urban area?  Actually, it is quite possible.  In Illinois about 1,510, 000 of the population is living in a rural area.  I grew up basically ‘out in the middle of nowhere’.  From experience I know rural life it has perks as well as downfalls.  At times it can be quite different than an urban lifestyle.  Being relocated to Chicago suburbs for a summer has really put the differences into perspective for me.  I am beginning to find that the differences between urban and rural living are significant.  However, the two have oodles in common that many may be oblivious to.  For instance, I told Cook County Farm Bureau® members my grandfather collects antique tractors therefore, I know what M and H model Farmall Tractors are.  When I mentioned this a member chuckled because she still uses her “antique tractor” to farm. The first initial difference I realize is MAJOR traffic in the city.  A typical rural person may be at least 30 minutes from town.  Imagine if you were that far from the nearest grocery store, gas station or school.  In the city most of these destinations are practically down the street.  As for traffic in the country, the only so called “traffic” you may encounter could be a tractor or flooded river.  If you meet another car on a country road you can consider yourself lucky.  This is a downfall if you are having car trouble and need someone’s help.  On the other hand, in the city help is on the way in less than three minutes.   When someone drives at night in the country it is extremely dark and quite hard to see any animals lurking on the side of the road.  Gaining a sense of what animals look like is important in order to avoid accidents.  The city has so many lights you can always be sure to see if anything is moving your way.  The odds of ending up in an accident are significantly smaller in the country but help may take a little longer to reach you. My second discovery to urban life is food.  There is a profound amount of food in Cook County! Many people believe that if you live in the country you have great luscious gardens and fresh canned food all day every day, this may be true if you have the supplies to do so.  In rural areas within the U.S. there are food deserts.  This is where fresh food supplies and whole foods stores are none existent.  Food deserts are mainly due to distance travel and low population demand.  Urban areas have many people to feed and can afford the price of food being shipped from all over the world.  Therefore living in the country may cause problems obtaining proper nutrients to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  For example, most small town grocery stores object to carry vegan or organic food sections that are in popular demand in urban areas.  Rural families do eat healthy they just learn how to make homemade dishes and can their food.  Overall, country living is a unique lifestyle that takes some getting used to.  You learn to buy in bulk and to tell someone where you are going.  If you get a chance to visit a rural area, take it.  Experiencing the difference can be eye opening.  The country may be a little bit of a drive but it is definitely worth it.  The city life has developed me into a flexible person and the country life has shaped me into who I am today.