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View Poll Results: Small town or big city?
Small town 32 42.67%
Big city 43 57.33%
Voters: 75. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-27-2018, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Denver
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In my observation, many younger people don't want to live year round in a place with say less than 100,000 people. The actual year round population of the Colorado mountain towns is pretty small, even though these are nice towns in nice settings. On the other hand, for domestic migration, the largest cities are steadily losing people. My preference is in the middle, and it seems like growth wise, that's what people in general prefer (especially if you throw Texas out of the picture).

I hope that the mid sized cities of the US get developed more in the next decades and small cities turn into mid sized cities, instead of having all the growth, in population and GDP, going to the biggest players. I think it would help inequality in the US.

It also seems like city data has more of a preference for bigger cities than your average joe because city people would come to a website like this.
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Old 10-27-2018, 08:07 PM
 
Location: South Missouri
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My ideal size is 30K to 100K.
I've lived in towns from 2000 to 150K and my favorite size was about 65K.
Big cities (to me that's more than 300K) are kind of intimidating IMO.
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Old 10-27-2018, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I prefer to live in a big city, for not only the convenience of shopping and things to do, but also because of the privacy it allows me.

Now, some people might think that doesn't make sense. But, if you live in a huge city - your neighbors won't likely know much about you. Your business won't be anyone's business, like in a small town.

And, if for instance you get involved with a group of people and it doesn't work out for you, you can quit them, and try another group - and there will be no huge repercussions.

Now, if you lived in a small town, and you had a falling out with some small local group, you'd be running into those people all the time. In a big city, you may never run into them again.

I've lived in a rural area, where I had acreage outside of a small town - but if you think that means privacy, you're very wrong. Your property might be out of town - but - if this is a small rural area, you can bet that everyone around you is paying very close attention to your comings and goings - and they'll know where you shop and who comes to visit you, on and on.

So, don't kid yourself that this will equate privacy in the way you may be hoping.

You can actually live in the middle of a city and have a lot more privacy.

I have lived in both, and I prefer to live in the city and have all of the amenities that provides, as well as real privacy. I miss a few things, like a bigger garden, and more nature areas closer without other people - but overall, I'll take the city (especially where I now don't also have to deal with ice and snow).
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Old 10-27-2018, 10:58 PM
 
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Neither. Give me a mid-sized city.
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Old 10-28-2018, 09:25 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Smallish urban area < 1 million.
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Old 10-28-2018, 04:53 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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My ideal size is 30K to 100K.
I've lived in towns from 2000 to 150K and my favorite size was about 65K.
Big cities (to me that's more than 300K) are kind of intimidating IMO.
You're not alone to majority of americans big cities are intimidating and this is what predates the dislike for big cities. I can see why though in a city there is no way for you to retreat you're all out exposed, and many feel like they will be judged negatively, but once you crack the surface you began to see that there's a reason to most prosperous places in the planet are in big cities.
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Old 10-28-2018, 06:47 PM
 
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I prefer urban cities (around 3 million + msa) Anything smaller seems to be missing some of the things I like. Usable transit, cultural amenities (not tourism but good selection of amenities residents use) with fashionable and unique neighborhoods mix in with intelectualism. Also it is interesting living in a city where not everyone is chasing the same $. That usually eliminates the small town economic elitism that I hate.

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Old 10-28-2018, 06:58 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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NYC is my personal last word. :-)
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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In my observation, many younger people don't want to live year round in a place with say less than 100,000 people. The actual year round population of the Colorado mountain towns is pretty small, even though these are nice towns in nice settings. On the other hand, for domestic migration, the largest cities are steadily losing people. My preference is in the middle, and it seems like growth wise, that's what people in general prefer (especially if you throw Texas out of the picture).

I hope that the mid sized cities of the US get developed more in the next decades and small cities turn into mid sized cities, instead of having all the growth, in population and GDP, going to the biggest players. I think it would help inequality in the US.

It also seems like city data has more of a preference for bigger cities than your average joe because city people would come to a website like this.
I'm with you- I prefer small to medium sized cities. In fact, the lack of them in CO actually led us to where we are now. We were done with the bigger city (Cap Hill/Denver) and realized a mountain/resort town (No Name/Glenwood Springs) was fun to visit but got old after living there a couple years. Grand Junction was a no and we were kind of done with the Front Range, so we looked elsewhere. We ended up in a smaller city (Bellingham, WA) that's more along the lines of Missoula, Flagstaff, or Asheville, but we did look briefly at Reno, Boise, and Spokane- and I think those cities, which are small-medium metros of 500k-1 million- may be among the next wave of desirable places, as many jobs become more mobile, and people are priced out of the "hot-spot" large cities.
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:34 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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I spent the first 18 years in a small town of about 23,000 that was the biggest thing in any direction for many miles. It wasn't fun, and the worst thing was small town people. Close-minded, ignorant, and all up in everyone's business. I could never go back to living anywhere but a major city in the Northeast or California.
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