A Guide to Country Living
Water, power, sewers and paved roadsthese are all things that city dwellers enjoy. But for those who live in the country, the comforts of modern living are not as easy to obtain. People who grow up in the city but move to the country often have no idea what country life is like. They may simply want to think about the open space and green grass that the country provides without realizing the trade-offs.
Building a home or moving
into an existing home or farm in a rural area can be quite a challenge
for city folk who may be unprepared for gravel road dust, septic systems,
mail delivery, and utility problems. To help with some of these challenges
and create awareness among new residents, some Iowa counties provide a
booklet called "A Guide to Country Living."
Taking the Guide to Heart
The Guide to Country Living is a very useful informational tool for those
moving from the city to the country. The issues discussed in the guide
help people make knowledgeable decisions about residential growth within
a working landscape. In other words, they can know what they're getting
into when they move to the country. By being conscious of the challenges
and the rewards, residents can make smart decisions about their effect
on the landscape.
Print or view the Guide
to Country Living.