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Old 03-10-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: IN
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A picture of Aroostook County ME: A "frontier" county
http://www.etravelmaine.com/state/regions/aroostook/photos/aroostook_county.jpg (broken link)

Source Credit: Maine: Aroostook County Region (http://www.etravelmaine.com/state/regions/aroostook/aroostook.htm - broken link)
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:47 PM
 
Location: IN
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I definitely predict that fewer frontier counties will exist in the Intermountain West in the next few decades. This region has the fastest population growth of any region in the US.
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Old 03-11-2008, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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I live in a frontier county

Good:
I know everybody in my class
People are generally friendly
It's quiet

Bad: Far to get anywhere
boring
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Wow looking at these maps has surprised me. I've been to a lot of places in this country but I've never been to a single one of those frontier counties!!! I'm really surprised by that.

I can't imagine what a place with 6 or 7 people per square mile looks like. By comparison, I live in an area with towns that are one square mile and have populations of 40,000 or 60,000. I'm trying to imagine cities like Hoboken or Union City or West New York being home to 6 people.

It's also surprising to think of the most rural, desolate places I've been in this country are more densely populated than so much of the land area of this country!!!
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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My town has 300 people and there are 5,000 in the county.

But there are less than 7 people per mile. It's not that every city is only 7 people, it's that there's 7 people for every square mile.
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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My town has 300 people and there are 5,000 in the county.

But there are less than 7 people per mile. It's not that every city is only 7 people, it's that there's 7 people for every square mile.
Well that's what I mean. The cities I mentioned are only one square mile, and they're home to as many as 67,000 people (Union City), the others in the 40-50,000 range. So in the case of Union City, Hoboken, West New York, Weehawken and other cities that are 1 square mile, I'm trying to imagine what they'd look like with only 7 people living in them.
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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But my point is that you can have towns with a few hundred people over a small area, and a lot more land that's just farmland or forest.

That's the way it is here, anyway. We have little towns of 300, 800, and some smaller ones. The town itself isn't 7 people. There are more than that. But the farmland and forest around it is so large that if you spread each person out across the county you'd have 7 per square mile. You do have actual towns. Not cities, but towns larger than 7.
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:25 AM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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But my point is that you can have towns with a few hundred people over a small area, and a lot more land that's just farmland or forest.

That's the way it is here, anyway. We have little towns of 300, 800, and some smaller ones. The town itself isn't 7 people. There are more than that. But the farmland and forest around it is so large that if you spread each person out across the county you'd have 7 per square mile. You do have actual towns. Not cities, but towns larger than 7.
That's the principal difference in settlement patterns, when it comes to comparing and contrasting the midwest to the Great Plains and Mountain states. The farms in the midwest comprise the areas where there are no people. In the Great Plains, it's more rangeland, and in the mountain states, much of the land is federally owned. I think in New Mexico 60% of the land is owned by the Bureau of Land Management, or occupied by government installations. In the midwest, the land is more private-owned. What this means is larger gaps between settlements in the Great Plains and Mountain States. It is not uncommon to drive 60-80 miles between towns and see nothing, no homes, no farms, nothing. That's what gets many of the counties under 7 people per square mile.
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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Looks like I live in one right now. Aroostook County, Maine.

Positives:
Nice country side
No traffic
Can be very friendly
good hunting
Clean air



Negatives:
Long drive to get anyplace
Closest town over 15,000 is 3 1/2 hour drive one way
closest town over 50,000 is 6 1/2 hour drive one way
LONG winters here
Rest of the State kind of forgets about us.

I also live in Aroostook (or "The County", as it's come to be known).
I just want to correct one thing: the closest city of over 15,000 is actually just over the border in New Brunswick, Canada----it's called Edmundston (25,000). Also, the closest city of 50,000 is anywhere from 1 to 3 hours away, and it's also in New Brunswick (Fredericton).
It's surreally beautiful here. And it's a true "out of the way" place. In our own little corner....
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:41 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I guess I've never lived in a "frontier county" but the places I've lived are near "frontier counties." I went to a frontier county once for High School Quiz Bowl. Small towns sometimes feel "bigger" as they may have to be "the town" for their county.
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