After growing up in the rural town of Woodstock, Connecticut, where the population is approximately 8,000 people, I admittedly couldn't wait to move to New York City , the most populous city in the country. I looked forward to everything living in a big city has to offer in the realm of food , entertainment, nightlife, job prospects, and more.

Moving from a town of 8,000 people to a city of 8 million residents did, however, come with its challenges.

I soon realized that there were certain things I missed about small-town life and other things that made me never want to go back.

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Here are 9 things I do and don't miss about small-town life after moving to New York City.

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