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View Poll Results: Would you ever live in a metro smaller than 2 million people?
Yes 32 69.57%
No 14 30.43%
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Old 07-03-2007, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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The Austin metro area has less than 2 million people, but it doesn't seem too small to me. There's enough culture here, and people from all over live here. I've been to Phoenix and I'd say that Austin has a lot more to offer in terms of culture, nightlife and entertainment despite our metro being half the size of Phoenix.
It definetly has more nightlife but Austin is very much a college town. Culture is debatable, Phoenix has quite a few museums, galleries, sculpture complexes, etc. Entertianment is also in the eye of the beholder; does Austin have any major sports teams? Phoenix just built a new stadium and sports complex.
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Old 07-03-2007, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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You can find culture, museums, nightlife, and plenty to do in a city of 10,000 if you're willing to look.
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Old 07-03-2007, 08:39 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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You can find culture, museums, nightlife, and plenty to do in a city of 10,000 if you're willing to look.
I would say that depends on a lot. The town where I currently live has about 20,000 people. There is a small local history museum, and a community theater group that puts on several productions a year. That's about it for local museums and culture. NIghtlife? A few bars, period. Plenty to do? Probably. I find enough to do with a full time job! Before that, it was raising kids. I/we do not restrict ourselves just to this town, but use the resources in Denver and Boulder as well. When we moved here, this town had 5000 people and there were far fewer services, e.g. no movie theaters, no department stores, home improvement stores, recreation center, etc. There needs to be a big enough population base to provide that stuff. The theater group did not exist either, at that point.
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Wi for the summer--Vegas in the winter
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You can find culture, museums, nightlife, and plenty to do in a city of 10,000 if you're willing to look.
Like "Looking" in a 200 mile radius, I assume??
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:17 AM
j33
 
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I lived for 3 years of my life in such a place (although I was an hour from Indianapolis), no thanks, I would never do it again.

I was born and raised in the Chicago area and have lived in the city proper for over 11 years (most my my adult life), while I could imagine myself living in a smaller city such as Boston or Seattle, that is about as 'small' as I'm willing to go. I learned the hard way.
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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The Phoenix metro just crossed the 4 million mark. I can't think of any cities that are LESS THAN 1/2 the size of Phoenix with more to do in terms of culture, nightlife, entertainment, etc.
Pittsburgh.

As for your poll, no, I cant live in a metro area with less than 2 million. Even Phoenix is too small for my tastes. Like j33, I learned the hard way. For me, unless I retire and have absolutely no agenda other than sitting on my butt, the ONLY cities in the USA that attract me to live in (for obvious reasons) are Chicago, NYC, Boston and maybe Pittsburgh. The rest are too new and underwhelming... sunbelt cities are the supreme examples of SUCKINESS. Especially Vegas.
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:56 AM
 
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2 million??? Yikes!

I'm currently living with 73,000 and can't stand it.

Looking to return to an area of about 10,000, but within driving distance of the amenities I consider important. You don't need to live with millions of neighbors to find plenty to do. Just depends on your perspective.
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:59 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I'm quite content in a metro area with 20 mil , yet I don't feel encroached upon - best of both worlds!
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Old 07-03-2007, 11:06 AM
 
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I lived in Milwaukee for 2 years (<2M people). I loved it, had everything I needed.
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Old 07-03-2007, 11:23 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh metro is just over 2 million. Plus, since the city used to be about 3X larger than it now is, it has cultural facilities that much larger cities have: great museums, etc.
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