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Old 03-09-2019, 06:14 AM
 
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It's not that difficult or technical: Anything from zero traffic lights (a 4-way stop instead) clear up to TWO traffic lights is a small town
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Old 03-10-2019, 05:36 AM
 
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100,000 or less.
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Old 03-10-2019, 12:06 PM
 
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It’s not necessarily about head count. I’ve lived in or near a couple of small cities that most people think of as small towns, and for good reason.

Even as a newcomer, you keep seeing the same people over and over again in random places. Seems like half the families are related to each other by blood or marriage. Many properties both developed and undeveloped are owned in huge chunks by one family. The annual Best Of Local Whatever lists have more than a few that you already know do not even belong on the list, yet they keep getting voted in year after year.

That kind of thing.
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Old 03-11-2019, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Murica
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10,000 would be a large town in this country.
Less than two-hundred people per square mile is "small town"... In 2019 people are calling places with <1,200 per square mile small towns though even though people are living on top of each other and there is congestion...

I know a attractive lake-town place that is considered "small town" but is 384 people per square mile, and everyone is living on top of each other and there is congestion.. A lot of people consider places like Maryville, TN small town but that's like 1,700 people per square mile.. They probably go by experiences before the nineties with these were rural easy living places..

The old americana type small towns OP is probably talking about are <200 people per square mile. They are disappearing fast. You might have 30 years if you buy a parcel in one now before over population..

In Europe it's the same but the numbers are typically lower.. The parish I lived in was like 30 people per square mile and that was typical.. It was 11 people per square kilometer to be exact which was like 28.8 per square mile.. I came back to the US before the migrant crisis though..

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Old 03-12-2019, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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100,000 or less.

100,000 would be the second largest city in Alaska, by far. Hardly a small town.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:04 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 few hundred people. Over 1,000 takes the "small' out of it.
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