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Old 02-11-2019, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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I consider our town, Oakridge, Oregon to be a small town. Population is about 3200 and has been pretty stable for years. We do have a Dairy Queen, a grocery store and a hardware store, but to do any major shopping you have to drive about 40 miles to Springfield, Or Eugene. Oakridge is a fairly depressed town. The major employer was a mill which shut down in the early 80's. Full time employment is 40 miles away. But then I grew up near Seattle which is not a small town.
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
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Nowadays, I think "Small Town" is less about size (to an extent) and more about its culture. Sure, 3 square miles with 500 people is a small town, but I lived in a town of 4500 people, still considered it a small town. I think Small Town to be a place where people know each other, local business owners know the people and vice versa, there's a "Main Street", community events that aren't necessarily geared towards tourism, but more for community spirit, etc. The culture of helping your neighbor, saying hello, being friendly and welcoming, etc.
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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My personal cutoff is about 10k.

I grew up on a farm near a town of 350. Not 350k. 350. I attended high school in a community of 7k. I attended college in a community of 10k.

All were small towns. All had decidedly different feels, but all were small.
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Forest Service Cabin-90% of the yr. Sis & I inherited it and I bought her out.
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6k or so tops

Our prior town had 12K in the City limits and it had the small town feel
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I was thinking anything under 10,000

10,000 would make it the fourth largest city in Alaska. Somewhere under 1000 is what I would consider a town. My home town had 256 people.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Forest Service Cabin-90% of the yr. Sis & I inherited it and I bought her out.
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I consider our town, Oakridge, Oregon to be a small town. Population is about 3200 and has been pretty stable for years. We do have a Dairy Queen, a grocery store and a hardware store, but to do any major shopping you have to drive about 40 miles to Springfield, Or Eugene. Oakridge is a fairly depressed town. The major employer was a mill which shut down in the early 80's. Full time employment is 40 miles away. But then I grew up near Seattle which is not a small town.
How is the Mtn Biking scene? Is it picking up or is it stable, or decreasing, in your opinion? Just curious

My cousins step daughter lives there. I guess she would be my 2nd cousin? not sure. Never met her but have become close

with this cousin since meeting her as an adult.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Forest Service Cabin-90% of the yr. Sis & I inherited it and I bought her out.
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10,000 would make it the fourth largest city in Alaska. Somewhere under 1000 is what I would consider a town. My home town had 256 people.
I am too lazy to look but for some reason, a moderator named VOL...? decided to edit my reply to you.
It said nothing wrong but sorry she wouldn't let you answer me. She actually answered for you which I've never had occur on a forum.

My Cousins live in Kodiak. I think it's near Wasilla because he's ran into Sara palin late at night in the grocery store. He told me this some years ago. She always says hello.
He pays so much more for housing and it's a small dwelling. I didn't realize Alaska could be that expensive.
My sister moved there in the early 70's with her husband and started a family. Somehow he got land either dirt cheap and operated a fishing tour company. He came to stay with us about a decade ago for a few weeks.
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:44 AM
 
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a small town is where you know everyone else, they know where you live and probably where you work too.
A small town is where everyone is related to everyone else...

My father is from a small town in Iowa, population 70. I think I'm related one way or another to all 70 people in town.
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Old 03-07-2019, 11:30 AM
 
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My personal cutoff:

Is there a traffic light?

I'll make an exception for lights on a highway that wends through town like the Pacific Coast Highway.
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Old 03-07-2019, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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Wouldn't the population density cause more of a small town feel rather than overall numbers? You could have a town of 4,000 spread out over 70 sq miles or you could have the same 4,000 in 2 sq miles. Completely different feel.

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Wow. All of your opinions about others and the world must be so unnuanced.
Just because someone lives in a small town you think this?
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