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Old 05-17-2011, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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I lived in a town of 2000 for a year, and the nearest city of any size was 94km away, the nearest major city 270km away. For me this was a little too far. Trips to anywhere resembling a true urban environment were 3 hours away, which although isn't that much, gets tiring after awhile. I tended to visit the big city only once a month or so to catch up with friends and family and get my dose of 'urbanity.' The funny thing is this town is in the most developed rural part of our great state. Up north towns are often 500km (about 320 miles) from each other. I'm talking anywhere with a post office and a hotel, basically.

How far from a major city is too far for you? Even those who escape to get away from it all occasionally need to go to the city for some reason.
More than a hour away if too far for me, since an hour's drive away is all I'm use to.
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:43 AM
 
Location: central va central me south fl
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any town that is more than 100 miles from commercial airport is too far.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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I base it on how far I have to drive to work. If I worked in a huge city, I'd want to live near the city. If I worked in a town of 2,000 people, I'd want to live near the town.
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:18 PM
 
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As you age and you start to see people your age start to have medical problems with some dying you really start to think about time to a major Medical facitiy if you don't want the reality of the risk.
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:41 PM
 
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When I lived in my little town of 967 people (give or take) the nearest "big" city was an hour and a half away. I went there maybe three times in the summers, never in the winters. The only reason to go was when I had a craving for for sushi!!!

That leads me to what is maybe a new topic? Since I rarely drove farther away than a small city about 30 minutes away (which has a teensy airport), I lost familiarity with driving faster than 60 and driving in heavy traffic (Yes, I've lived and driven in big cities in the past, including LA.)

Moving south I had to drive through the Mpls/St. Paul metro area at 70 mphr white knuckles all the way, and about died of fright.

It takes awhile to get back into that "driving like a crazy metropolitan person" mode.

I feel desperately sorry for people who have to commute to work in a city!
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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Unfortunately in Florida you are never more than 100 miles from a city. As for getting old I would rather die than be put in a nursing home in a city.
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Old 05-25-2011, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Metromess
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tallrick: I agree, at least in the case of most nursing homes.

I'm looking at retiring to Socorro, NM. It's 75 miles or so from Albuquerque on I-25 so it doesn't take long to get to a big city, but it's a town of about 9000 with a nice climate IMO.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:46 AM
 
Location: On the brink of WWIII
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Too far would be 100+ miles. We are currently about 45 miles from a sizable city (>20K people).
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:16 AM
 
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The further the better for me. Right now my house is an hour from any city that is over 10,000 and I might go down there twice a year if I have to. I can get everything I need locally, and everything I may want is a simple mouse click away.
Yes the further away you live from a city that has a hospital, the better.
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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I don't want to have to be coptered over 100 miles to the nearest sizeable hospital in case of a medical emergency, but other than that, I don't much care.
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