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View Poll Results: How big is a small town?
Less than 200 1 1.69%
Less than 1,000 5 8.47%
Less than 5,000 14 23.73%
Less than 10,000 16 27.12%
Less than 20,000 8 13.56%
Less than 50,000 11 18.64%
Less than 100,000 3 5.08%
Less than 200,000 0 0%
Does not have a NFL or MLB franchise. 1 1.69%
Voters: 59. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-10-2008, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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How big? Tha national news media, covering an event in a tiwn with less than 100,000, calls it a small town. Like the school shooting in the "small town" of Jonesboro, Arkansas (56,000), which is bigger than Binghamton, New York. Sometimes I think "small". to the media, means "not north-eastern", or "We never heard of it". What do you think?

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Old 11-10-2008, 02:01 AM
 
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Agreed. It also depends on where you're from. I'm from Bismarck, where the nearest major city (Minneapolis) is 7 hours away. To me "small town" refers to a city of less than 2000. Nearly everyone I meet from around here wanted to move to the "big city life" that Bismarck, ND has to offer. My friend (from a MN city of 10,000) considered himself to be a small town boy. I then told him that 10,000 people is a metropolitan city to a North Dakotan and he laughed.
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Old 11-10-2008, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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Less than 1,000.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:00 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I personally think a small town is 2500 and less, Since there wasn't a 2000 or 3000 choice I picked 5000 for the poll.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:06 AM
 
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Less than 2,000/2,500 is small town for me. There are places in NL with 10,000 people that people call big towns, so I think it's really dependant on where you live.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:06 AM
 
Location: NJ
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i think i live in a very small town - about 450 ppl/sq mi - population around 17K.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I think a lot of it has to do with the context of the town/city itself, too. For example, New Brunswick, NJ has a population of about 50,000. It covers 5 sq miles, so the density is about 10,000 ppsm. There are office and condo towers, a large university and hospitals, a busy train station downtown. It feels like a small city. Then nearby is Piscataway. Piscataway also has about 50,000 people, but it covers a large area (like 15 square miles), so the population density is much lower, just over 3,000 ppsm. It's very suburban/sprawly. It feels like a small town. No office towers, but plenty of big box retailers and a very small "historic village."

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Old 11-10-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Ten Sleep
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less than 1,000

5,000 or more is a big city
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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I would say 5,000 is the largest you can call a "small town". Of course, that is a general rule and there are exceptions.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs,CO
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Small towns to me are towns that are less then 50,000 people in the city, and less then 200,000 people in the metro area. Now a suburb with less then 50,000 people in a big populated metro area doesn't seem small to me.
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