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Old 06-29-2014, 07:05 AM
 
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I have been searching for the right town. I've gone the route of searching collage towns. To me, they offer the best if both worlds...culture, and activities, always something going on, but in a smaller town.

I've scoped out "best college towns" lists over and over! Athens, GA would be perfect, but unfortunately had to be ruled out. I looked into Oxford, MS, great size, low crime, bike trails, family friendly, but too conservative and not enough access to natural/organic foods. We like Berea, KY a lot, but ran into similar issues as Oxford. Thought very seriously about Chapel Hill, and again is pretty perfect, but the nuclear power plant so close completely freaks me out. (I know, there's something everywhere.)

I hope that gives an idea. What small towns (college there isn't a make or break, just a good starting point) are out there?

-Again, access to year round organic foods are important to us. We don't have to have a Whole Foods, but at least a decent health food store would be ideal.

-Low crime.

-A "crunchy" scene of people would be nice.

I know there are great towns out there! We would prefer the southeast, or near it, but it isn't a deal breaker.

Many thanks!!
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:02 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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The usual suspects for smaller college towns: Asheville NC, Ann Arbor MI, Ithaca NY, Berkeley CA. All have serious foodie culture, especially at UNC Asheville, which is in the southeast.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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Nuclear power plant's proximity to Chapel Hill? The closest nuclear power plant to CH is Sharon Harris down in Fuquay-Varina. Not that close at all.

Chapel Hill/Carrboro is literally exactly what you are looking for in a community. I don't want to insult you or belittle your concerns; but the exponentially tiny possibility of a major accident at Sharon Harris is a ridiculous reason to cross Chapel Hill off of your list. Plus; in all reality; if the extremely unlikely event that Sharon Harris "blew"...you'd pretty much be down and out throughout the whole southeast.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:43 AM
 
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Chapel Hill is well within 50 miles of Sharon Harris. SH has had some safety concerns, and a couple of shut downs too. I know the odds are small, but I would rather not live so close to a plant. I believe it's more like 20-30 miles away.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:01 AM
 
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Charlottesville isn't actually that "crunchy", though by Virginia standards/comparisons perhaps. At the risk of over-hyping since I've suggested on two other threads, you might look at Bloomington, Indiana. It's the home of Indiana University and surprisingly liberal in a state not known so much for it. It has quite a bit of options in terms of organic food and farmers markets, low crime, a low cost of living and plenty to do.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:41 AM
 
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Austin tx...but its far from a small college town (10th largest city and growing quite fast and has been for forever).
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:48 AM
 
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Despite some of the mind-numbing responses I also just thought of Boone, NC which is the home of Appalachian State University and is equally as liberal as Asheville or Chapel Hill, with a great food scene, visibly "crunchy" population and low crime.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:49 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Check out DeLand, FL. Its a beautiful historic college town (Stetson University). The town offers a surprisingly rich cultural life thanks to the Athens Theater and the University's (well-reputed) music school.

The Official Site of City of DeLand, FL

Stetson University

Athens Theatre - DeLand, Florida
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:46 AM
 
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Burlington VT is another, but I second Ithaca NY.
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Old 06-29-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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Flagstaff, AZ could work. It's high in the mountains and is surrounded by pine trees. Housing is a little pricey, but it's a neat town.
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