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Old 05-07-2017, 05:21 PM
 
Location: I is where I is
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My wife and I are originally from the Southern indiana/Kentucky Area. We went to the same high school, small town, graduating class of 160ish. Once we finished college, we lived in Louisville,KY for awhile (still "home") and about a year ago we moved to San Francisco for my job. No need to go into a ton of detail, we are just ready to get out of this place. We have about a year left before I can transfer again.

Being from a small town, we miss everything about it. Privacy, good people, close friends, friendliness, affordability,etc... That being said, we are looking for a small town to relocated to in about a year. With my job, wherever I decide to transfer, I have to live within 60 miles of my "assigned city", which would be a major city (Louisville, Dallas, Raleigh, etc...). My wife and I don't mind longer commutes. We have a good housing budget (around 300K) but for a small town, a lot of time you can get incredible deals. We don't mind rural areas (obviously). No kids yet. Mid-Twenties. We like to stay at home and relax, enjoy the occasional hike, and bike ride. Would love to have a lake or something somewhat close if possible, to paddle board in.

We don't want to relocated to a super rural state though (Norh Dakota, Idaho, Montana, etc...). We love "southern charm" and the weather doesn't bother us being from the Ohio Valley (hot & humid). Places like Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, etc...really interests us.

All that being said, anyone have any "small town" recommendations?
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:41 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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My idea of small town is 10K or less, I know folks who consider 75-100K to be small. What is your idea of small town?
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:45 PM
 
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Oxford MS may actually be a community to consider in terms of Mississippi. It is a college town(University of Mississippi). So, there are quite a few things going on there. Same with Starkville, which is home to Mississippi State.
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:00 PM
 
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My idea of small town is 10K or less, I know folks who consider 75-100K to be small. What is your idea of small town?
The town I grew up in & went to high school has a population of about 1500. There are larger towns really close by, but none of which have a population over 10,000. I miss the small town hence this thread!
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:22 AM
 
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Check out Clover SC. It's 45 minutes SW of Charlotte and has that small town vibe you're after, along with water recreation 20 minutes away at Lake Wylie and a bit over an hour to Lake Norman. If looking to start a family, it might be good to know Clover is one of the top few school districts in SC.

Town of Clover, South Carolina - Official Website
https://www.niche.com/k12/d/clover-school-district-sc/
https://www.niche.com/k12/rankings/p...outh-carolina/
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:50 AM
 
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Check out Clover SC. It's 45 minutes SW of Charlotte and has that small town vibe you're after, along with water recreation 20 minutes away at Lake Wylie and a bit over an hour to Lake Norman. If looking to start a family, it might be good to know Clover is one of the top few school districts in SC.

Town of Clover, South Carolina - Official Website
https://www.niche.com/k12/d/clover-school-district-sc/
https://www.niche.com/k12/rankings/p...outh-carolina/
Thanks for this info!
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Old 05-08-2017, 11:30 AM
 
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In Mississippi, Senatobia may be the best bet in terms of population criteria, relatively above average schools and it is about 40 minutes or so from Memphis. It is a short drive to Arktabutla Lake as well.

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Old 05-08-2017, 11:56 AM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Outside of Nashville look at Cookeville TN if you can deal with a lager small town that is still growing, or possibly Manchester. Would either Knoxville or Chattanooga be big enough to qualify as a 'major city' for your work? Both have some nice small towns nearby.
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Old 05-08-2017, 12:12 PM
 
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Outside of Nashville look at Cookeville TN if you can deal with a lager small town that is still growing, or possibly Manchester. Would either Knoxville or Chattanooga be big enough to qualify as a 'major city' for your work? Both have some nice small towns nearby.
We do indeed have offices in both Knoxville and Chattanooga. I have actually looked into the Marysville area near Knoxville previously as well!
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Old 05-08-2017, 12:47 PM
 
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Being from a small town, we miss everything about it. Privacy, good people, close friends, friendliness, affordability,etc...
Something to keep in mind is that among small towns, there is quite a bit of variation in some that absolutely meet the above criteria, and some that don't. Even in an area where two small towns seem very similar to the naked eye of the person from outside, moving there and experiencing them firsthand can show a vastly different in terms of how welcoming or cliquish they are, how crime prone they are, the affordability (the last two being easier to determine than the intangible friendliness factors).

It would really help to narrow it down if you have some specific hub cities that you have to be 60 miles away from for your work because if someone's suggestion isn't on your list of work hub cities, it doesn't really help your search. If you do have a list of several cities that you would be based from, you will probably get more detailed information by posting on each of those sub-forums.
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