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Old 09-16-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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Pretty straightforward question. You live on a small island with a lot of people. Does it feel crowded there?

 
Old 09-17-2011, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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Depends on where in the country - yes it feels too crowded in London, but there are plenty of rural areas where you can drive for ages and hardly see anybody and the view is of endless green fields and hills. Overall though considering traffic problems, cost/size of housing and infrastructure capacity I'd say our 51 million or whatever in England alone (which I believe is around the same size as Alabama) is too many and ideally I'd prefer something more like 30-40m - not going to happen though!
 
Old 09-17-2011, 02:03 AM
 
Location: Kowaniec, Nowy Targ, Podhale. 666 m n.p.m.
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Depends on where in the country - yes it feels too crowded in London, but there are plenty of rural areas where you can drive for ages and hardly see anybody and the view is of endless green fields and hills. Overall though considering traffic problems, cost/size of housing and infrastructure capacity I'd say our 51 million or whatever in England alone (which I believe is around the same size as Alabama) is too many and ideally I'd prefer something more like 30-40m - not going to happen though!
Completely agree. When I was living in Edinburgh and spending lots of weekends up in Aviemore, Braemar and the Lochaber area it didn't feel crowded at all. The Kinlochbervie area has more of a desolate feeling than anything else to it.

London is hell though. Great for a visit, horrible (in my opinion) to live. I prefer smallish cities which are just big enough to have all the big city amenities...
 
Old 09-17-2011, 02:10 AM
 
Location: London.
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There are days London gets unbearable because of the crowds and I'm looking forward to moving away somewhere smaller and rural.
 
Old 09-17-2011, 02:56 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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London is crowded. Other cities didn't feel any more crowded than US cities to me. The countryside can be pretty remote though and you don't get the "sprawling suburbs" you do in the US.
 
Old 09-17-2011, 03:51 AM
 
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London is crowded. Other cities didn't feel any more crowded than US cities to me. The countryside can be pretty remote though and you don't get the "sprawling suburbs" you do in the US.
Totally agree. Where I live it is very uncrowded. I love going to London, but couldn't live there - it's way too congested. My impression before coming to the UK was that it was packed - but it doesn't feel that way at all. Lots and lots of green rolling hills, farmland, valleys and trees. As soon as you get out of the cities it doesn't feel crowded.
 
Old 09-18-2011, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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London is really oppressive during peak rush our times but in between it's not terribly congested..

Here in Leeds it doesn't feel crowded at all. On those dark, rare days I use the peasant mobile (otherwise known as the bus!) at around 3:30pm, it's seriously over crowded and full of people, but that's more down to the city's over dependence on buses than anything.

So my answer is no, the UK does not 'feel' over crowded at all. I live on the very edge of Leeds, in one direction is the city centre which is clearly visible from my area.. then in the other direction is open fields and woodland.. it's a contrasting country, you could be in the middle of the mountains but never that far away from a town/city.. I love it!
 
Old 09-18-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Durham UK
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Yes-anywhere that has decent amenities, grocery shop car parks and shopping mall car parks are always busy and crowded.
 
Old 09-18-2011, 09:23 PM
 
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I started to get very anxious being in London last January. The crowdedness got to me like New York never could. Outside of London in Berkshire, I'd say it was nice and spaced out enough for me to tolerate. I'm from a very densely populated area originally (San Juan, PR) and London was just too much for me
 
Old 09-18-2011, 11:49 PM
 
Location: England.
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Does it feel crowded there?
Only in the crowded parts.

There is a greater separation between town and country here, so you are never far from fields and woods. Look at any town or city on Google maps. Town planners make sure that suburban sprawl comes to a sudden stop, and agriculture takes over.
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