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Old 07-07-2014, 06:54 PM
 
Location: sumter
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Greenville, south Carolina: city population of 61,000, urban population 400,000, and metro 851,000.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:00 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Daytona Beach, Fl population 62k.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:27 PM
 
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Greenville, south Carolina: city population of 61,000, urban population 400,000, and metro 851,000.
Not trying to be a stickler, but I asked for metros under 200k

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Daytona Beach, Fl population 62k.
Not trying to be a stickler, but I asked for metros under 200k
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids
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Thumbs up Quincy, IL

I am going to go with a small city that I think is a little underrated - Quincy, Illinois! The city has just over 40,000 people, and the region as a whole has around 80,000 people. I am very interested in more established older towns in the midwest that aren't necessarily the fastest growing - I think that you are missing a lot if you are the type of person that judges a town right away by % growth and amount of chain branded "anything." Quincy, is for the most part, a working class town on the beautiful Mississippi in Western Illinois! It shares a media-market with Hannibal, MO and Keokuk, IA serving as an industrial Tri-State area on the Mississippi River. The city has two unique bridges coming in and out of the city connecting Illinois with the state of Missouri. The city is also served by Amtrak and is connected to Union Station in Downtown Chicago.

Other notable features to the city adding to it's historic American architecture is the German Historic District on the south side of the city, as well as a beautiful Catholic university known as Quincy University - which I have posted a picture of below. The city also has a fair amount of early Mormon history.

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Old 07-07-2014, 08:08 PM
 
Location: sumter
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Not trying to be a stickler, but I asked for metros under 200k



Not trying to be a stickler, but I asked for metros under 200k
Ok, oversight on my part. Then i'll use my home city of sumter, south Carolina with a population of 41,000 and county population of 108,000.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:14 PM
 
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Idk if it's everything you're looking for...but Bloomington, Indiana is my top pick with your criteria.....
Pop. 81k, fantastic location, lots of cool things to do, great bars & restaurants, etc.



The Bloomington Experience - YouTube



Bloomington, IN: A Vibrant Tech Community - YouTube
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:42 PM
 
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Ok, oversight on my part. Then i'll use my home city of sumter, south Carolina with a population of 41,000 and county population of 108,000.
Sumter looks pretty awesome, love the southern charm aspect.

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Idk if it's everything you're looking for...but Bloomington, Indiana is my top pick with your criteria.....
Pop. 81k, fantastic location, lots of cool things to do, great bars & restaurants, etc.



The Bloomington Experience - YouTube



Bloomington, IN: A Vibrant Tech Community - YouTube
I have looked into that city before, it is pretty great looking for it's size!
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:43 PM
 
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I am going to go with a small city that I think is a little underrated - Quincy, Illinois! The city has just over 40,000 people, and the region as a whole has around 80,000 people. I am very interested in more established older towns in the midwest that aren't necessarily the fastest growing - I think that you are missing a lot if you are the type of person that judges a town right away by % growth and amount of chain branded "anything." Quincy, is for the most part, a working class town on the beautiful Mississippi in Western Illinois! It shares a media-market with Hannibal, MO and Keokuk, IA serving as an industrial Tri-State area on the Mississippi River. The city has two unique bridges coming in and out of the city connecting Illinois with the state of Missouri. The city is also served by Amtrak and is connected to Union Station in Downtown Chicago.

Other notable features to the city adding to it's historic American architecture is the German Historic District on the south side of the city, as well as a beautiful Catholic university known as Quincy University - which I have posted a picture of below. The city also has a fair amount of early Mormon history.
Gorgeous, exactly the kind of city I am looking for in this thread!
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:45 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Bloomington, IL is the best small city under 200k that I've probably ever been to. Its like something out of a TV sitcom.

Its what I grew up thinking small towns should be like, with a grid, no real ghettos, very safe, no traffic, great schools, civic pride, cute little downtown, great bike trails, and super cheap houses.

Bloomington, IN is nice too but are not to be confused.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:49 PM
 
Location: O.C.
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Newport Beach, CA. World class restaurants, hotels, shopping, nightlife, some of the best beaches and best weather in the country and it even has its own island (Balboa). Laguna Beach. Everything Newport has plus some of the best art galleries in the US and a lovely little village downtown.
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