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Old 02-01-2017, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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6% of the United States population lives in counties that are not part of a metropolitan area or not part of a micropolitan area at all. An example would be Sullivan County, NY. There are 1,335 of such counties in the country as of Feb 2013.

Personally, I have only lived in metro areas my whole life, with the exception of one micro area when I was an infant. But I would certainly be open to living in an "outside county" someday, since I enjoy experiencing life in new places.

What is life like living in an outside county?
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Old 02-01-2017, 05:33 PM
 
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This isn't really an answer to your question, but my grandparents had a summer place in Sullivan County and I used to visit every summer when I was a kid. Back in the '80s, it was pretty idyllic. There was an adorable Main Street with some shops, an old movie theater with a candy store in the front, and an arcade that would give you free play if you brought in a report card with all A's. I remember spending a lot of time at a large supermarket and Jamesway, a Walmart-type big-box store where it seemed like people did most of their shopping. Jamesway eventually became a Kmart. I used to like going to a squat little indoor mall because they had a toy store. Everything always seemed like it was fairly close.

I don't remember ever seeing any upscale restaurants. We used to go to the Blue Horizon Diner, a place called Lefty's that was famous for its onion rings, a soda shop called Busby's that had been open for decades. Those kind of places. It wasn't uncommon for my grandparents to run into people they knew there.

There was a race track nearby, horse racing, I think maybe greyhounds, too (I only ever saw the horses). That was a popular leisure activity.

There was a lot of green space, and the woods were always a short walk away. Nobody in the bungalow colony where my grandparents lived had phone service until probably around 1990 or so. There was a phone booth in the field all the bungalows were situated around, and when it rang, someone would walk over and answer it. Then they'd turn on the microphone in the phone booth and announce who the call was for. I did it myself a couple of times. The proper script was, "Mr./Mrs. [last name], you have a telephone call," repeated twice. Nobody ever deviated from it. I still remember that.

It seemed like everything fell apart overnight. The movie theater was boarded up, the mall became a ghost mall, windows on Main Street broke and were not replaced. The race track shut down and eventually turned into a casino. Everything started looking dirty. A while back The New York Times did a story about Main Street becoming the regional destination for open-air drug deals.

My grandparents' bungalow colony, once populated exclusively by working-class immigrant Jews, was sold off to Hasidic Jews when most of the original inhabitants had died off. That happened to a lot of them. Driving around, my dad once lamented that the store where he had bought his first baseball glove now sold kosher socks (yes, that's a real thing).
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Old 02-01-2017, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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What is life like living in an outside county?
Heaven on Earth. Especially when it is Washington County Maine.
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Old 02-01-2017, 08:56 PM
 
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Looks like we are living in one now. I love it!
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Old 02-01-2017, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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My grandparents' bungalow colony, once populated exclusively by working-class immigrant Jews, was sold off to Hasidic Jews when most of the original inhabitants had died off. That happened to a lot of them. Driving around, my dad once lamented that the store where he had bought his first baseball glove now sold kosher socks (yes, that's a real thing).
The Jews who left didn't die off. The colonies were mostly secular European Jews. When the Ultra Orthodox Europeans started moving in they made life difficult for the seculars which in part basically caused Secular Flight.
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Old 02-02-2017, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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6% of the United States population lives in counties that are not part of a metropolitan area or not part of a micropolitan area at all. An example would be Sullivan County, NY. There are 1,335 of such counties in the country as of Feb 2013.

Personally, I have only lived in metro areas my whole life, with the exception of one micro area when I was an infant. But I would certainly be open to living in an "outside county" someday, since I enjoy experiencing life in new places.

What is life like living in an outside county?
You might want to change this question to :
What was life like living in an outside county?

Upwards of 10 years ago, my county was 30-45 away from anything and was a one light county. We had a few mom and pops and a IGA.

But within the last 10 years the suburbanites moved in and so did the chain stores where civilization has come so close that they stuck a Walmart in (the county protested against it and it still came - we still show them by giving them a empty parking lot). Now the metro area is 15 minutes away and about a dozen chain stores have shown up. Amazed we don't have a Starbucks yet.
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Old 02-02-2017, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Several of my favorite places in the US are outlying counties. If I could convince my partner to move to one, I would. Most people can't hack the rural life. It's nice to sit and dream but to live it 24/7 is a different story.

I've lived on the edge of several in micro counties. The small business climate of the state matters significantly. Mom & Pops make a huge difference in quality of life. Because of the state of the US, most rural counties are poor. I've found the counties with the most mom & pops are much healthier. I also prefer counties with lots of outdoor activities and ones that are blessed with rivers, lakes, and/or mountains - tourist, hunting, and fishing counties.
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Old 02-02-2017, 05:52 AM
 
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The Jews who left didn't die off. The colonies were mostly secular European Jews. When the Ultra Orthodox Europeans started moving in they made life difficult for the seculars which in part basically caused Secular Flight.
That wasn't my experience. My grandparents' bungalow colony voted to sell around 2008 or so. By that time most of the original residents were long dead. These were mostly Holocaust survivors, and think about it -- if you were 30 when World War II ended in 1945, you would have been 93 in 2008.

The people in my grandparents' colony didn't mix with the Hasidim, but they had a perfectly peaceful co-existence -- there was no making life difficult.
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Old 02-02-2017, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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That wasn't my experience. My grandparents' bungalow colony voted to sell around 2008 or so. By that time most of the original residents were long dead. These were mostly Holocaust survivors, and think about it -- if you were 30 when World War II ended in 1945, you would have been 93 in 2008.

The people in my grandparents' colony didn't mix with the Hasidim, but they had a perfectly peaceful co-existence -- there was no making life difficult.
In my experience most were also Holocaust survivors. Most that I knew stopped going to the colonies in the 60's and switched over to the Borscht Belt hotels. As incomes grew, they became snowbirds in Florida during the Winter and world travelers during the Summers. I drove up to where the colony was back in 2009 and the old bungalow colony was still there but was sitting in a overgrown field. Really ruined my memories of it.
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Old 02-02-2017, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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Upwards of 10 years ago, my county was 30-45 away from anything and was a one light county. We had a few mom and pops and a IGA.

But within the last 10 years the suburbanites moved in and so did the chain stores where civilization has come so close that they stuck a Walmart in (the county protested against it and it still came - we still show them by giving them a empty parking lot). Now the metro area is 15 minutes away and about a dozen chain stores have shown up. Amazed we don't have a Starbucks yet.
Sounds like the area I live in now. Are your new residents obnoxious pompous bags too?
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