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Old 03-28-2019, 03:10 PM
 
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Small towns in every state like that. I think that they are on their way to dying, though. The younger generation doesn't have a penchant for small towns, I don't believe.
I'm continuously surprised by how many young people are in the small towns around here. Not the tiny ones, mind you, but the ones with their own high schools, county seats, etc.

The economy is strong (every employer I know is looking for help), cost of living is low, and small town living isn't anywhere near as isolated as it was when I was growing up (thanks, internet). When you have a $400 mortgage, having some money for a weekend out in a big city (Minneapolis is 2 hours away, Madison 2.5, Des Moines 2.5), or lots of toys is easy. It's not like kids are flocking here, but there seems like a lot less brain drain than 20-30 years back.

150 years from now these towns might be dead, but I doubt I live to see it. When I was in my teens, I thought my hometown (pop. 120) would be all but gone by now. It's essentially the same as it was 20 years ago. It just has one less bar.
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Old 03-29-2019, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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When I was in my teens, I thought my hometown (pop. 120) would be all but gone by now. It's essentially the same as it was 20 years ago. It just has one less bar.
Well that would have to be a deal breaker for me.
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:49 AM
 
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Well that would have to be a deal breaker for me.
Nah. We still have the good bar. The one that closed kinda sucked.
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Old 03-29-2019, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Evanston & Lake Forest, Illinois
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Small towns in every state like that. I think that they are on their way to dying, though. The younger generation doesn't have a penchant for small towns, I don't believe.
Small town ski areas and other outdoorsy havens attract a lot of young people.
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Small towns in every state like that. I think that they are on their way to dying, though. The younger generation doesn't have a penchant for small towns, I don't believe.

What do you mean "younger generation"? Do you mean "millennials" (born early-mid '80s to mid '90s) or "gen Z" born late '90s through whenever? Because I know plenty of people around my age (millennials) who and are happy in living in a small town. If its what you're used to, you often learn to love it. Also, it seems those that are born in the 2000s tend to lean more conservative than those of us born in the '80s and '90s, so I wouldn't be surprised if there's a decent chunk of teenagers who are more attracted to a more conservative small town than a liberal big city.
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Old 03-30-2019, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Farmingdale NY on Long Island. My brother called me when he moved there and told me the town and the people look like it never left the 70's. The hairstyles, the fashion, the cars, the stores all stuck in the 70's according to him.
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Old 04-01-2019, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville FL
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Default No brainer

There is a little town 45 mins from downtown Pittsburgh called Midland PA. This place is most definitely out of the 80's heck maybe even the 70's. Population is probably 1100 if that. Nice little quiet family oriented town. Go check it out. The rent there is still from the 80's as well 2br will cost you $400-500
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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Most towns in the U.P.

Specifically; Escanaba, Manistique, St. Ignace, Calumet, Iron Mountain.

Pretty much any town except Marquette, the Soo, or Houghton.
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