TOEFL writing sample
9. Some people prefer to live in a small town. Others prefer to live in
a big city. Which place would you prefer to live in? Use specific
reasons and details to support your answer.
I grew up in a small town and then moved to a big city, so I have
experienced the good and bad sides of both. I never thought that I would
like living in a big city, but I was wrong. After ten years of living in
one, I can't imagine ever living in a small town again.
Small towns and big cities both have some problems in terms of
transportation. In a small town, you have to own a car to ensure a
comfortable living. You can't get around without one because there isn't
any kind of public transportation. Big cities generally have heavy
traffic and expensive parking, but there you have a choice of taking
public transportation. It's not free, but it's often cheaper than
driving when you consider gas and time. Especially if you don't have a
car, you're better off in the city.
I love the excitement of big cities. Small towns have a slow pace. Large
cities mean you have to adapt to a variety of situations, like finding a
new route to work or trying a new restaurant. I enjoy that challenge
very much. Another pan of the excitement of city living is the variety
of cultural activities available. There is a wide assortment of theatre,
music and dance performances available in big cities. These things are
rare in small ones.
The final thing I like about large cities is the diversity of the
people. The United States is made up of people of different races,
religions, abilities, and interests. However, you seldom find such a
variety of people in a smaller town. I think that living in an area
where everyone was just like me would quickly become boring.
Of course, security is a concern, and that's one area where small towns
are superior to big cities. Still, I would rather be a bit more cautious
and live in a large city than to feel secure but bored.