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Old 05-21-2010, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I lived in Coconino County, Arizona...it's the huge county in the north-central part of the state. I have a hard time considering it a frontier county, though, because it is home to Flagstaff, a city of approx. 60,000 and Northern Arizona University, the third largest of Arizona's public universities. The reason this county qualifies as "frontier", I suppose, is because it's the second largest county by land area in the USA and outside of Flagstaff there are only a few smaller towns and tourist areas like Sedona & the Grand Canyon, plus parts of the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Living in the "frontier", my life wasn't much different than it is now living in a metro area of well over 1 million. We had a house on a postage stamp lot in a typical suburban development, had multiple grocery stores, Wal Mart, Target, and other big box stores. There were many very good restaurants to choose from, a local symphony orchestra, and even visual and performing arts through the university. Heck, we even had a mall with most of the typical mid-range retailers in town, though if we wanted a higher end store we did have to drive to Phoenix.
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Old 05-21-2010, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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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.
Thomas, I think you're right. I live in a frontier county, which has five fairly good-sized towns of 6,000-8,000 people, and then a whole bunch of really small towns and villages. So the bigger towns seem even bigger. There is no "run on"..........each one is surrounded by countryside.
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Old 05-22-2010, 03:48 AM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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I still find it funny when brats from LA or OC consider Victorville to be a "small town".
Instead, I usually give them a reality check by describing my truck travels to places like Minneola, KS or Richfield, UT.

On that note, being a youngster myself(26), I never caught onto the trend of "hitting it big" in an oversized urban area.
Nice to visit, but I'll stick to places where life doesn't have a stuck throttle.
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:14 AM
 
Location: IN
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I have family business dealings in the frontier county, but could never live there. I have admiration for those that can, though.
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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On that note, being a youngster myself(26), I never caught onto the trend of "hitting it big" in an oversized urban area.
Nice to visit, but I'll stick to places where life doesn't have a stuck throttle.

"A stuck throttle"....hehe! Great line, bentstrider. I'll use that one, if you don't mind.

Granite Stater, it is difficult to be in a frontier county at times. No question. I think the rewards are great too
I think there is either something not quite right or very, very right with those of us who live in a frontier.........Not sure which.....lol
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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"A stuck throttle"....hehe! Great line, bentstrider. I'll use that one, if you don't mind.

Granite Stater, it is difficult to be in a frontier county at times. No question. I think the rewards are great too
I think there is either something not quite right or very, very right with those of us who live in a frontier.........Not sure which.....lol
Aroostook County is an oddball "frontier" county though. It isn't so much that the population is small and widely spread out, but that the population is concentrated along a very narrow band on the Eastern edge. Living in Caribou/PI/Fort/Washburn, or up in the Valley you are no more isolated from other towns than I am now, here in Western Michigan. In fact I go longer distances here than I did living in Washburn between small towns.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:10 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Counties with population densities of less than .5 per square mile.

Carter County, Montana - Ekalaka is its town.
Garfield County, Montana - Jordan is its town and it was the site of the Montana Freeman stand-off.
Petroleum County, Montana - Winnett is its town.
Esmeralda County, Nevada - Goldfield seems to be its main town and it once had 20,000 people, but now has around 440.
Lincoln County, Nevada - Caliente is the main town by the looks of it, but unlike the above towns it's not the county seat. A hotel in Caliente was apparently used by the FLDS Fundamentalist Mormon sect.
Harding County, New Mexico - Roy is the largest town at about 300, but is not the county seat.
Kenedy County, Texas - In the Kingsville micropolitan area.
King County, Texas - Main town and county seat is Guthrie with about 200.
Loving County, Texas - Possibly the sparsest outside Alaska and the county's total population is 67.


Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area of Alaska seems to be the most sparsely populated state sub-division. Its largest towns are Galena and Fort Yukon which are in the 500-700 people range.
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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"A stuck throttle"....hehe! Great line, bentstrider. I'll use that one, if you don't mind.
l
It just rolled off my tongue anyway.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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So it looks like these states DO NOT have a "Frontier county:"

Connecticut
Delaware
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Massachusetts
New Jersey
Ohio
Tennessee
Rhode Island
South Carolina
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:35 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Looks like it.

Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island - None of these states have counties even under the average US population density.

Iowa has a couple counties that are somewhat close to be sparse enough to be frontier. Adams and Ringgold have a density that is between 10 and 11 per sq. mile.

United States by County by State, and for Puerto Rico - GCT-PH1. Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density:**2000
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