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Old 12-20-2014, 03:43 PM
 
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I am looking for small liberal towns 40,000 or less in population that are good for walking or riding a bike places any where in the united states will be fine
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Old 12-20-2014, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Here are ten towns for you to check out. I considered all regions of the country, and I loosely ranked from most to least liberal.

Northampton, Massachusetts
Oberlin, Ohio
Key West, Florida
Saugatuck, Michigan
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Pullman, Washington
Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
Plattsburgh, New York
Galena, Illinois
Bisbee, Arizona

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Old 12-20-2014, 04:23 PM
 
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I'd probably add Eureka Springs, AR to the list too.
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Old 12-20-2014, 04:38 PM
 
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Moscow, ID
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Old 12-20-2014, 05:20 PM
 
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Ithaca NY, Amherst MA and Yellow Springs OH, among others, may work.
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Old 12-20-2014, 08:02 PM
 
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Would you like to rely on biking and walking for almost all of your shopping, getting to work, etc.? Or just for some portion of your transportation?

The reason I'm asking is that I recently relocated to Mt. Horeb, WI (one of the towns Dawn.Davenport mentioned). It's definitely a cute, compact walkable town (population around 7,000) with easy access to the Military Ridge State Trail. I can easily walk or bike to anything in town, but we use our car pretty often to go out of town - for some types of shopping, for cultural events in Madison, etc. I think it would be limiting (for me) to live here without depending on a car. Depending on your employment, you might also have to drive for that, since there is no public transportation. It also gets pretty cold in the winter and I'm a wimp, so I sometimes drive to do errands in town, too.

To be clear, I really do like it here and the cost of living is very reasonable, I just wouldn't suggest it as a place to be completely car-free. You might need a bigger town and/or one that is less isolated. In this area, I think it would be more feasible to get by without a car in Middleton, WI.

A few other options near where I grew up - Newburyport, MA; Portsmouth, NH; Andover, MA. Newburyport and Andover both have commuter trains stops.
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Old 12-21-2014, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Davis, CA - pop 65,000

The bike capital of the world. Liberal, safe. University in town. Family-friendly. Close to Sacramento for more lively entertainment.
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Old 12-21-2014, 05:10 AM
 
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Cortland, NY is distinguishable from nearby Ithaca on a bike, as its streets are wider and flatter. Not quite as actively capital-L Liberal as Ithaca, but few places this side of Havana, Cuba are. Your housing dollar will likely go further in Cortland as well. Great local (not fancy real-high end) bike shop - no web site but Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Actio...68712833143612 . No Starbucks, but locally owned PNW-inspired coffee still available: Coffee Mania - Specialty Roasted Coffee Browsing the archive of its still locally owned daily newspaper Cortland Standard .net and looking at the town web site City of Cortland Official Web Site could give you a sense of the area.
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Old 12-21-2014, 06:16 AM
 
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Carrboro NC, population 18K. It's easily one of the most liberal towns in the US (along with neighboring Chapel Hill and much larger Durham) and in a moderate climate that's bike-friendly pretty much year-round. The town has a fare-free transit system in conjunction with neighboring Chapel Hill that utilizes bike racks on all of it's buses. Carrboro (and Chapel Hill) are considered among the Most Bike Friendly cities by the League of American Bicyclists which utilizes information such as bike lanes/infrastructure, safety and percentage of bike commuters.
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Old 12-21-2014, 06:23 AM
 
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Cortland, NY is distinguishable from nearby Ithaca on a bike, as its streets are wider and flatter. Not quite as actively capital-L Liberal as Ithaca, but few places this side of Havana, Cuba are. Your housing dollar will likely go further in Cortland as well. Great local (not fancy real-high end) bike shop - no web site but Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Actio...68712833143612 . No Starbucks, but locally owned PNW-inspired coffee still available: Coffee Mania - Specialty Roasted Coffee Browsing the archive of its still locally owned daily newspaper Cortland Standard .net and looking at the town web site City of Cortland Official Web Site could give you a sense of the area.
Good points and they even have public transportation in Cortland, but it isn't as extensive as Ithaca's. I thought about other communities with a SUNY campus or a private college like Hamilton.

Oneonta has both a SUNY campus and a private college: Welcome to the lively and historic city of Oneonta, New York

Potsdam and Canton are also like this in terms of a state/public and private college.

Kent OH comes to mind: Downtown Kent Ohio - Main Street Kent

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