However, what are the benefits of this situation, and what are the drawbacks?
If you hate driving in traffic, than the big city life is not for you.
There are countless job opportunities and activities to occupy your time. After living a big city for eight years, I experienced both the advantages and disadvantages of big city life.
For me, towards the end, the disadvantages were out weighing the advantages. Although, the big city has more job opportunities; there are also more people competing for a single job. Oddly enough, you will see hundreds, if not thousands of jobs available each week, but you still might remain unemployed, especially when the economy is down.
Unfortunately, pollution may always be a problem in the big city despite the efforts made to reduce pollution such as the signs on the highway stating to not fill-up on gas or mow your yard until after p.m.
Crime There is always more crime in a big city, causing you second case your decision for living in a big city.