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Old 10-10-2010, 06:16 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I moved from a small town of 12,000 to a smaller town of 3500, to a town of 5000. I lived in or near the 3500 town for almost 30 years. The population of the entire county was barely over 20,000.
A small town is kind of like the theme song of Cheers says, where everybody knows your name. I don't want to live in a bigger place. I've stayed for short times in bigger cities. It's OK but I felt like somebody was watching every step I made.
What do people do in a small town? One of the first things in the morning is listen to the local news on the radio and see who died. We always joked at work that if we heard our name mentioned in the obits, we were going home! lol Also watch how busy the post office gets after 8:30 or 9 AM. That's because that's when the mail is put in post office boxes. You'll see people stop by the coffee shop or any place that serves coffee, drink a cup or two (free refills), go to the post office, run some errands, stop back by for some more coffee, then head home.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:52 AM
 
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Ok I know but a town of 2,000 is Big I know a couple towns of 20,000 to me they are Huge

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Old 07-24-2018, 10:06 AM
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Location: Chi > DC > Reno > SEA
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I don't really have a good answer, because I know that there's a palpable difference between towns of 1,000 vs. 10,000 people, but I'd only use "small city" for anything over 50,000 or so people, and "big town" feels awkward on the tongue. So in my usage, "small town" = anything under that 50,000, even though I know there's a lot of diversity within that range.
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Old 07-24-2018, 10:17 PM
 
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What some consider small is amazing.
Before I relocated where I am now, I checked out Abilene Texas area.
Population 128,272

I was reading comments about it and one resident stated you would have to go to DFW for shopping.
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Old 07-25-2018, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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What some consider small is amazing.
Before I relocated where I am now, I checked out Abilene Texas area.
Population 128,272

I was reading comments about it and one resident stated you would have to go to DFW for shopping.
The biggest city in my state does not have that many people in it. If shopping was dependent on population-density a person would need to travel many states to find shopping.

I consider our town to be 'small' at 250 people. We do not have a gas station, but we have a gunsmith. People come from across the state to see our gunsmith.
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Old 08-28-2018, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Northside Of Jacksonville
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I consider a small town as anything below 10,000 residents, no mall, the main street is Main St., etc.
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Old 08-31-2018, 12:27 PM
 
Location: South Missouri
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To me a small town is 1000 or less.
Medium town: 1000-5000 or so
Regular town: 5000-10000
Large town: 10000-15000
Really large town: 15000-25000
Small city: 25000+

Not a scientific description, just what I tend to use in daily conversation.
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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I live near a town of 20,000. People call it a small town. To me a small town is under 1,000.
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:06 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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Ok I know but a town of 2,000 is Big I know a couple towns of 20,000 to me they are Huge

brushrunner
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The biggest city in my state does not have that many people in it. If shopping was dependent on population-density a person would need to travel many states to find shopping.

I consider our town to be 'small' at 250 people. We do not have a gas station, but we have a gunsmith. People come from across the state to see our gunsmith.
I am with you guys.
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Old 09-14-2018, 03:16 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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The biggest city in my state does not have that many people in it. If shopping was dependent on population-density a person would need to travel many states to find shopping.

I consider our town to be 'small' at 250 people. We do not have a gas station, but we have a gunsmith. People come from across the state to see our gunsmith.
My county seat has 22,000 people, a Costco, a Walmart, a Fred Meyer (Kroger), Lowe's, Home Depot, etc. There are a little over 100,000 people in a county the size of Connecticut. I have trouble imagining that a city of 128,000 would not have any shopping. It's true that our Toyota dealer is also our Chevvy dealer, but as long as the car manufacturers are good with it, I don't see a problem.
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