I used to have a romantic notion (being a bit of an introverted, artistic type ) that I’d prefer to live in the countryside in blessed isolation (far from the madding crowd and all that) but when I weigh up the pros and cons I think I’m really a city person at heart and always will be.
Countryside pros for me would include:
Lack of light pollution (there is nothing as restful as pure darkness, sigh), fresh air, nature, space, quiet, privacy from not living too physically close to others (though this one has a flip side - see city pros…), less scumbag behaviour to put up with (though I’m sure there is still some e.g. illegal dumping and speeding etc.)
Public transport, short commute, more employment opportunities, the privacy that comes from the anonymity of being part of a crowd, opportunities for cultural recreation, being closer to real friends (and not just neighbours/ other villagers you’re forced to socialise with for geographic reasons but you might not have much in common with otherwise), proximity to airport/ travel opportunities, better services
It seems counter-intuitive in a way but I think you almost need to be an extrovert/ people-person to live happily in the countryside because you need and rely on your neighbours more and also, with not much else going on, there is that ‘valley of the squinting windows’ effect where everyone knows everyone else’s business. Some people love this but I don’t think I would. City living gives you more of a choice. You can socialise if you want, or withdraw into your own little cocoon when you don’t want to and people generally won’t bother you.