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Old 07-12-2010, 08:26 AM
 
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My family is from small towns in southwest Iowa. Very stereotypical small town living.

The areas we're from are around 5,000-7,000 people in both towns. There's definitely a section of towns with huge old houses and massive well kept yards. Then there's the big area of town where all the "normal" people live, and then there's the section where the imporverished people live. It's pretty much the same in all those towns. Rich people, average people, poor people.

The funny thing is you often hear "on the wrong side of the tracks", and it's definitely true for many many places. My grandma lived on the side of the railroad tracks that was the pretty poor section.

My grandpa grew up in a very small town of around 300 people. By then there isn't a huge difference. Everyone was pretty much lower middle class. To them though they didn't think of themselves as poor. Money didn't mean as much. Neighbors helped neighbors, everyone had enough food, everyone was happy and went about their lives. There weren't many stores, people didn't spend ungodly amounts of money on fashion styles, etc.
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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I grew up in a town of 10,000 in TN. There were homes for everyone: rich, poor, in between. Big houses, small houses, regular houses, trailers, apartments, townhouses, etc. Neighborhoods that looked suburban, rural, backwoods, Section 8 housing. We had everything. Some parts of town were more mixed, meaning poor people lived right beside rich people, because in my town lower-income people weren't feared by the rich.
Around that size you will have at least a little bit of everything, also its when you start seeing suburban type areas that more resemble large metros.

I think it has to do with in towns the rich tend to be not as rich as in larger cities. Also they have to rely on lower-income people more for their income and have more contact with them as well.
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:50 AM
 
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