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Leaving the City
By: Jeffrey Tipton - Earth Books - 19.95

Description: Leaving the City is a visionary book about health and happiness in the �other� America - the places outside of the intense urban centers like NYC and LA.

Verdict: The urban world is known for its harried pace, mutual alienation and distance from the rhythms of nature and of human nature. He focuses not merely on contagion, pollutants, violence and innumerable other sources - both natural and human - of illness, disability and premature death that one finds in urban America, but also addresses the inherent unhappiness and threats to mental health that life in the urban world typically brings.

For years rural areas have experienced a �brain drain� as educated, professional Americans left rural areas in search of better pay and living conditions. Small towns lost some of their most talented young people as they migrated to bigger cities for education and training and never returned home.

But this trend has reversed as U.S. cities saw 30,000 millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, leave in 2018; this was the fourth consecutive year the population of young adults declined.

From a statistical standpoint, a 2018 Gallup poll found that 80% of all Americans live in urban areas, but rural life is most desired. Similar trends are occurring throughout the world; The Republic of Korea reported in 2011 that there was an 158% increase in the number of households leaving cities to settle in rural areas.

ROK�s Agriculture Minister Suh Kyu-yong believes that city dwellers are packing up and moving to the countryside to �seek a quieter life.�

Today, one in five Americans lives in rural America. Rural means different things to different people and the Census Bureau is tasked to provide the official, statistical definition. The definitions of both rural and urban are updated every decade following the census; based on the 2010 census rural areas consist of open country and settlements with fewer than 2,500 residents.

Indeed, according to the USDA 35% of rural counties have experienced solid growth since the last census. Communities such as the North Fork Valley in Colorado have responded to the economic vacuum left behind by industries like coal and are making a concerted effort to diversify their economy so that they are not reliant on boom-and-bust cycles.

What Jeffrey Tipton dives into is how all these facts come together to paint not only a picture of a happier, less stress free living environment for those that make the move, but, and importantly, showcases just how much more healthier those that make the move feel themselves to have become.

For the urban environment is an important factor in determining the quality of life in urban areas and the impact of the urban area on the broader environment, with some urban environmental problems include inadequate water and sanitation, lack of rubbish disposal, and industrial pollution, et al.

About the Author - Dr Jeffrey Tipton has spent the past thirty years practicing medicine in a variety of settings. He was the Medical Director of the Los Angeles American Indian Clinic, the Director of the Student Health Center at Cal State L.A., and is currently a Medical Director at United Healthcare.

In addition to his work as a physician, Dr Tipton has written fifteen screenplays; contributed comedic writing to a number of publications; and is a seasoned veteran of the L.A. stand-up comedy circuit. He lives in California, US.

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