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Living on the very edge of a big conurbation, I currently live in neither.
We actually looked at google maps, and realised that for 50 miles south of our house, there was literally nothing but towns...no gaps other than for rivers...And in the other direction, there is not a house between here and Russia...
Civilisation literally stops 60 yards away where there is a farm, and from then on all the way up through Scotland, over the north sea and the north pole to Russia, there is nothing but the odd farm house, lol!
Personally I hate living between the two...it's awful...It's like the worst of both - no services, but you get heavy traffic and the noise and air pollution, and also small-minded locals that can't see beyond two miles in any direction. We also get suburban levels of crime, and inflated tourist prices (which locals also pay contrary to what some may think) but don't get any real perks ourselves.
Those that live in towns and cities have all the negatives, but have the plusses of jobs, infrastructure, services, shops etc.
Those that live in the countryside also have negatives, but have a close-knit community and all the advantages of that, plus their village's identity is secure. They have low crime, no pollution etc.
Personally, I'm at my happiest when either right in the countryside visiting a small village, out for a sail or a walk, or at the other end of the spectrum somewhere in Glasgow city centre.
They can take suburbia and shove it where the sun don't shine if you ask me.