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Old 12-28-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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I'm interested in everyone's opinions on this matter. I used to think that small towns were towns of less than 100,000 people. But that's back when I lived in Kansas City--a major metropolitan area.

Now I live near a town of 4,000. That's what I consider small now. A town of 100,000 has real stores and is a pretty big city to me now.
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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You've kind of hit on it I think...it's all perspective.

My teen years were spent on one of two ranches...the town our mailing address of one ranch was in had one dirt road that dead-ended at the town..population about 27. It was several miles away. The other ranch was even more remote.

Since then, I've lived in a couple of the nation's largest metro areas and outside of a town of about 300, which was considered a large town for the area. Even with the metro experience and the small town experience, I have a hard time thinking of a town with a few thousand people or offering all services as small...although I can understand how it could seem so from others' perspectives.
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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We live in a town of 250.

My dw works in the 'city'. It is about 20 minutes from us; this city serves an area reaching out about 4 hours in three directions, as the only city for this area [offices, box stores, dealerships, etc]. It is 30,000.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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It is definitely one's perspective. Everyone keeps saying that the "issues" I point out here are just common for a small town. This town has 8,000 people and I come from a town of 2,000 so I am thinking the problem is not "small"! Actually, I lived for 3 months in a town of 800 people and to me, that now feels like the size town that I will call "small" and seek to live in.
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:34 AM
 
Location: SW France
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When your telephone number has three digits, as ours did, then that's a small town.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:26 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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I live in Jackson Springs, NC and our town has about 1,200 people, one post office and one general store (they have beer) but it is only 10 miles to every possible store or restaurant you could want except for Costco and Target.
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:06 AM
 
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Mine is small enough about 1500 peeps.(45 mins to a small wal mart or any other store) ...but my last town was smaller. The post office shut down for an hour lunch every day.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:37 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Duplicate post What is a SMALL town?.

Btw how on earth is 100,000 remotely a 'small town?' 100,000 is a city not a town.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Way upstate NY - Where the snow flys
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I live in a large small town that covers approximately 400 sq miles yet has a population of maybe 1500 people. Within that small town is the village of maybe 500 people and that's 4 miles from my place and like a post above the post office closes for a lunch hour. In a neighborhood where less then 50 acres is a small place I have a tiny lot of only 36 acres. - lol
The city of 50,000 or so is only 10 miles away.
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:18 PM
 
Location: QUEENS NYC
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yea its perspective. i consider anything that isnt NYC a town, and anything that isnt LA or NY a small town.
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