Rural vs Urban Prepping: Which is Best?

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In this episode, we are going to stir the pot.  Rural vs Urban prepping has always been a contentious topic in the preparedness community. There have been healthy debates on which type of prepper has the greatest chance of survival in a collapse scenario.

In this episode, I will be sharing some of the advantages and disadvantages that I see for each type of prepper.  Then I will share my recommendations.

Show Notes

Advantages and Disadvantages

Crime Rate

  • There is lower crime rate for rural preppers compared to urban
  • many claim that when the golden horde comes they will invade the rural area
  • this may be true, but the likelihood of such an event is small
  • regardless, if they were to invade the rural area it would be after the urban area
  • by the time they get to rural, they are going to be exhausted and depleted for the most part
  • of course, there may be sophisticated groups that may have many resources
  • by the time they get to the rural area you should be ready for them
  • now when everything is running fine it will be safer to live in a rural environment
  • however, in a SHTF or collapse scenario lawlessness will probably take place in rural environments before rural environments
  • the main reason that I would propose would be manpower
  • in the city the government would most likely lockdown with curfews or even martial law
  • For example, when Katrina hit New Orleans we saw the government impose martial law and deploy military into the city to restore the rule of law
  • they didn’t do this in rural areas
  • however, even in a collapse or SHTF scenario I still believe there will be more crime in urban environments than rural
  • in rural environments I believe the community will come together and look out for their own


  • living in an urban environment does give you access to store-bought resources
  • however, in an SHTF scenario, those resources will be depleted
  • living in an urban environment will not afford many the ability to begin growing or hunting their own resources
  • with a higher population comes a higher rate of consuming those resources


  • being close to city typically provides a better job pool
  • compared to living in the country or rural parts you are limited to particular jobs
  • there are typically more stores that give you better access to certain items
  • rural living typically takes more time and money to access the infrastructure
  • in a SHTF or collapse scenario urban environments are most likely to have the infrastructure restored as compared to rural environments
  • this is because essential government offices are there


  • living in urban environments typically give you access to a bigger network of friends and others that could provide a benefit
  • for example, you may be able to find more people who are preparedness or survival minded
  • however, social circles in urban environments tend to be more loose
  • in rural environments, social circles are more close-knit
  • there is more of a community and family feel
  • growing up in an rural environment the community was more likely to look out for the well being of the community
  • however, when I moved to the city when I got older I realized how people there don’t value relationships or community as much
  • with higher populations you tend to encounter more problems especially when it comes to crime rate
  • even though for the most part, rural environments provide close-knit ties there is going to be less of them
  • so there is probability that you would be on your own in a SHTF scenario
  • with higher populations comes higher consumption of resources


  • in a collapse or SHTF scenario news is going to travel faster in urban environments because there are more people
  • however, again with more people come more problems
  • so there is a higher likelihood that news will be distorted
  • the more that messages are passed around the higher the probability for error
  • rural areas are more likely to receive the news last as it will take longer to get there
  • by the time it does the message has been changed so many times due to distortion

Medical Care

  • in a collapse or SHTF scenario there is going to be more access to medical assistance in urban environments then there would be in rural environments
  • however, at the same time, with more people it is easier to spread diseases
  • most people in urban environments are more reliant on the grid and infrastructure to provide proper hygiene care
  • in a rural setting you are most likely to have access to more resources so that you can better take care of yourself
  • however, there isn’t as much access to medical care as there would be in urban environments
  • furthermore, in a SHTF scenario recovery relief efforts are going to focus on the cities first
  • so rural preppers will not have quick access to those relief efforts including medical care


  • in urban environments, especially apartment prepping, you are very limited on how much you can stockpile
  • yes, you can find creative ways to fit more
  • however, the truth is that you have more space to stockpile in rural environments than you do in urban environments
  • not only that but you have the ability to grow, hunt and raise your own food
  • the downside to that is that you have more space to protect
  • if you have a few acres of land how much of that are you going to be able to protect with a family of 3 or 4?
  • you could bring in a survival group but they are going to expect resources in return


  • so altogether these would be some of advantages and disadvantages that see when considering rural vs urban prepping
  • ultimately my goal is to become a rural prepper
  • however, I’m not saying that is what everyone should do
  • every prepper should have their own strategic preparedness plan put together
  • everyone has their own specific threats that they are preparing for
  • but that is it for this episode
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