According to new research, the grass is proving to be greener in the countryside, especially for those aged between 24 and 35.
Research, which was conducted by Northern Energy, has revealed that a third of those, in the age bracket commonly referred to as millennials, are already considering a move to the countryside.
That figure is substantially larger than for other generations, with just 17 percent of urban dwelling 45 – 54 year olds considering the move.
The main reason the younger generation has cited this move is safety, both from the current coronavirus pandemic and for general health reasons. Considering this thought process, it is unsurprising to see that almost half of those surveyed believe that life outside of the city is more carefree.
Another popular reason for this mindset is the idea that homes can be both larger and more picturesque outside of heavily populated areas.
Stuart Illingworth, managing director at Northern Energy, talked about society’s evolving values, while discussing the survey. He said: “Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on society and many of us are considering life-changing decisions that we may never have contemplated before.”
Of the 2,000 people surveyed, over one in five of them said that their main consideration for purchasing outside of urban areas would be the views, while reliable broadband was a close second.
Mr Illingworth added that a move to the countryside may not be for everyone: “The countryside is certainly an appealing way of life, but it’s a move that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Relocating may mean considering off grid energy options and managing those services accordingly.
“The fact that only four per cent of people see finding the right rural energy supplier as a priority means that they might get quite a shock if they do decide to make the move. Off-grid energy is simple to navigate but it is a different way of living and should be taken into consideration as part of any major move.”
Just six percent said appropriate schooling would be a priority for their move, while seven percent are looking for a good pub in the vicinity.