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View Poll Results: which do you prefer?
big city 24 35.82%
small city 15 22.39%
suburb 18 26.87%
small town 12 17.91%
rural area 11 16.42%
country 16 23.88%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 67. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-31-2012, 08:34 PM
 
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I wouldn't mind a small town where people know each other and the streets are quiet and safe at all hours of the day and night. I don't want to live out in farm country or isolated in the backwoods. I love people, just not ALL people. Those who cause trouble can stay in the cities.

I guess it's all relative. I like to think that in small towns "trouble" means kids being a little mischievous around older folks, but not too far from where I live "trouble" means crime, drugs, rapes, robberies, and murder. Like I said, it's probably relative, but I'd be able to tell the difference.

Peace and Quiet and not worrying about getting stabbed tomorrow over a pair of shoes or an iPhone, or some pocket change would be fantastic.

Ever see those pictures of Main Street type shops and little houses above where people live or rent out? Wonderful. It doesn't have to be any particular geographical area, I've seen tons of these "idealistic" towns in Pennsylvania and Upstate NY.

If only the powers that be hadn't destroyed local economies a man could move to a small town and have no problem finding work. Now I hear they're all emptying out.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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My ideal location is a high-end HOA gulf course gated-community in the sweet sprawling suburbs of Southern California. Heaven on Earth.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:10 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Streetcar suburb- historic houses, mature trees, established, village-like and hip commercial center with great pubs, restaurants and shops within walking distance to your house and also next to a clean, safe yet dynamic city where you can actually walk downtown/to the ballpark, museums, concerts- and with a magnificent ocean, desert and mountains nearby- oh yeah, got that.

and allenk893, I live on an amazing municipal golf course amongst the arroyos but hell no not gated!

SOUTH PARK San Diego
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado
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To be quite honest, a little bit of everything would be nice. It'd be cool to live in Seattle itself. It'd also be nice to live in one of its suburbs. Being in Boulder, a small but busy city, is cool too. Living in Breckenridge would be awesome! Does it qualify as an actual small town? Having a house or cabin on some land in the Yampa Valley would be nice as well.

Ideally, I'd get to try a little of it all!

But if I had to pick one and stick with it, it'd be living in the urban setting, as long as it's close to mountains and whatnot for outdoor activities!
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:18 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Boulder is just about perfection as well.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado
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Boulder is just about perfection as well.
I love it. It's such a destination and employment center though, that for its size I feel like sometimes it's overall buzz can get a little bit overwhelming. Maybe not overwhelming, I feel like that's a bad word choice. Irritating? But slightly so. It's actually not that big of a deal and is the only issue I have, besides not actually being in the middle of the mountains. Ha!
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Small city, or...large town? I've only lived in two towns, both with roughly 80-110,000 people, and I think that's a good size. You get a lot more conveniences and variety than a very small town, but without the enormity of a big city. I like larger cities, but I find them overwhelming and I'm not sure I could actually live in one. I could possibly live in a small(ish) town, but it couldn't be too small and I'd want to live near the center of everything so I could get by without a car, ideally. I don't think I could live in a rural area, though.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Single:
Big City

Relationship:
Small City

Married:
Suburb
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:22 AM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Guess it depends on your definitions. There are people on this forum that will tell you there are only three big cities in the entire country.

I prefer being on the outskirts of a town/city between 15 and 75K, as long as most of my day to day needs can be met there.
Roughly not more than an hour or two from a larger city of around 200K or larger, so that I can make the occasional visit to museums, zoos, and that type of thing.
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Streetcar suburb- historic houses, mature trees, established, village-like and hip commercial center with great pubs, restaurants and shops within walking distance to your house and also next to a clean, safe yet dynamic city where you can actually walk downtown/to the ballpark, museums, concerts- and with a magnificent ocean, desert and mountains nearby- oh yeah, got that.

and allenk893, I live on an amazing municipal golf course amongst the arroyos but hell no not gated!

SOUTH PARK San Diego
Sounds perfect. What city is this?
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