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Old 07-30-2019, 11:22 PM
 
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I'd say it's mostly jobs, unless you want to work at the local grocery store or walmart there aren't many job opportunities in small rural towns.there is also culture. small towns have very little culture unless hanging out in bars and getting drunk is your idea of culture.Small towns also are very narrow minded not good for people who don't fit in. large town are much more accepting and there is more diversity.
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Old 07-30-2019, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Chicago Area
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With all the talk about how terrible America's cities are lately and how rural America is a shining example of the 'real America', why is rural America in such decline? Why is there so much poverty in the Ozarks and Appalachia? Why does everyone who has the means to want to move to the big city for employment and quality of life? In addition, very few cities are predominantly conservative.

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Jobs. People move into cities to look for jobs. Most people would prefer to live in a small town with the big city a few hours drive away. But given the choice, I'd rather live in a 200 person town in the middle of Wyoming than live in the nicer rich part of downtown Chicago. The trouble with the tiny town in the middle of Wyoming or Nebraska or Alaska is that there are no jobs there.
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Old 07-30-2019, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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Jobs. People move into cities to look for jobs. Most people would prefer to live in a small town with the big city a few hours drive away. But given the choice, I'd rather live in a 200 person town in the middle of Wyoming than live in the nicer rich part of downtown Chicago. The trouble with the tiny town in the middle of Wyoming or Nebraska or Alaska is that there are no jobs there.
In my case, I prefer to live in a small town as I do now only a hour away from not one but two big cities, not as much as a few hours away. That's way too far.
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Old 07-31-2019, 04:07 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Assuming the premise is correct, it may go with "I want it now, don't care how".


It's at least 20 minutes to the nearest place one can buy things (gas, beer, bread, chips.....pepto) from my ranch. Living in town, I could do that in 5, on foot. Now, it is 40 mph away.



I can live like that but I suppose other people can't.


Of course, it may get into other things like no one stockpiles supplies, people can't cook, things like that, but I suppose that is a different talk.
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Old 07-31-2019, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Now I'm baffled. What are the non-college education alternatives available in rural areas? The trade schools are still in the cities.
What is your idea of a city and a rural area?
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Old 07-31-2019, 07:57 AM
 
Location: the Sticks
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Now I'm baffled. What are the non-college education alternatives available in rural areas? The trade schools are still in the cities.
Uhmmm you do know that you can live in the country and commute to the city? Many many people do it every day.

You couldn't pay me to live in a city. air pollution, noise pollution, the stench. Not for me. Don't get me wrong, I like to visit, but can think of few tortures worse than living in filth.

I know people who commute 1.5 hours each way rather than pay the high taxes, deal with the crime, and can afford much better housing.

As I said earlier. To each their own, but dont try and sell it based on if you live in the country you dont have options.
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Oklahoma has state run career tech schools in the bigger rural towns. If you want to know how to build a house or be a nurse, you can go there among other career pursuits. This is an example of one of the schools--Meridian Technology. Pictured.
https://www.meridiantech.edu/programs/
Exactly. My area of "Appalachia" (since posters are assuming it is one big declining poverty stricken rural area) is Mayland unincorporated, population who the F knows. There is a convenience store/gas station run by the Patel's (actually two), a Dollar General, a factory where they make charcoal, a volunteer fire department, a manned garbage collection center, a mechanic, a senior center that has open jam night once a week, and a summer camp.

A 15-20 minute drive to the East (rural urban area pop. 12K), West (rural urban area pop. 34K) and North (rural urban area pop 4K) all have a trade school. There is a University in the 34K populated rural urban area and a small community college in the 12K populated urban area.
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:17 AM
 
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Uhmmm you do know that you can live in the country and commute to the city? Many many people do it every day.

You couldn't pay me to live in a city. air pollution, noise pollution, the stench. Not for me. Don't get me wrong, I like to visit, but can think of few tortures worse than living in filth.

I know people who commute 1.5 hours each way rather than pay the high taxes, deal with the crime, and can afford much better housing.

As I said earlier. To each their own, but dont try and sell it based on if you live in the country you dont have options.
Quite a few people where I live take a commuter bus into NYC (about 3 hours). The COL is cheaper especially when they have good paying jobs in Manhattan. Appeal of 'country living" where there are more deer than people?
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:19 AM
 
Location: the Sticks
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Quite a few people where I live take a commuter bus into NYC (about 3 hours). The COL is cheaper especially when they have good paying jobs in Manhattan. Appeal of 'country living" where there are more deer than people?
I saw it every time I took a bus into Manhattan.
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Colorado also has a lot of quaint towns that haven't been ruined by big box stores and fast food chains, but once again, it's a touristy state. Those towns also aren't near as impoverished as the typical Southern town dominated by fast food is.
Which towns would that be?
When you travel on the interstate and look over on the main drag of a town that was built up around the interstate you will see fast food signs like in the picture previously posted. You see this also in cities. If you actually go into the actual town you will find lots of unique eateries and small diners.
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