A striking serenity was apparent in the snow covered mountain peaks and glaciers of the Canadian Rockies where my wife and I recently vacationed. Even the elk, deer, and mountain goats were silent as they grazed in open fields. There were no cellphone rings or conversations. There was no traffic or horn honking.
There are certainly advantages to living in cities where 70% of our population is predicted to live by 2050. City dwellers are “wealthier and receive improved sanitation, nutrition, contraception and healthcare.” On the other hand, they have much higher rates of anxiety and mood disorders. One of the main contributors may be noise. Parts of the brain, the amygdala and cingular cortex are overactive in people born in cities. The same study found that children living near airports had higher levels of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.
Seems like the Rocky Mountain homesteaders we met have already figured this out.