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Old 05-31-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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Your town of 2,470 has almost the exact same list of amenities as my former hometown, population 50,000.

Fallbrook California is a town in San Diego County - there are about 50,000 people, but it "feels" like a small town because the downtown area is very small, there are no big chain stores, and only a few chain restaurants, and the citizens would revolt if anyone tried to put in a mall. They like that small town feel, and they work hard to preserve it! But they're also only a half-hour drive away from several cities with populations over 100,000, with every kind of shopping imaginable.

So which is a real small town? We've always considered Fallbrook a small town, but clearly it's not based on population alone - but it does "feel" like a small town, and that's what makes it so appealing as a place to live. But outside of Southern California? Would anyone consider it a small town? Probably not. In fact, some of you might consider it a big city? It's an interesting question!
The only people who would consider a place with 50,000 people to be a big city are people who do not live in a major metropolitan area.
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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The only people who would consider a place with 50,000 people to be a big city are people who do not live in a major metropolitan area.
I probably didn't express it as well as I wanted to, but my point is that places with a large population can still feel like a small town, if the downtown area is small. And true small towns, with tiny populations can feel bigger than they really are, just because they're centrally located, and have all the amenities that people in all the nearby towns drive in to use.

It's a little difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes a small town - or a big city - if you just look at population or just look at amenities. You sort of have to look at both, to really get a good picture!
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:51 AM
 
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My definition of a big city would have to be a comparison with other big cities. I believe that New York is a big city, Chicago a big city, Albequerqe(sp?), Houston is a big city, as is Dallas. Those type cities are big cities in my mind.

That was the question, right?
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:33 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I've visited and stayed in Chicago for quite a while, and I consider it to be a city, but in no means do I find it too large or crowded. I found that Manhattan could get a little tight at times, but it was just another large area. If a city has less than 850,000 people then I consider it medium sized, and if the metro isn't at least two million then it isn't that big. By the way, I live in a town of about 75,000.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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To me a big city is any city that has an international airport. So a city with only 50,000 people is disqualified from being considered big in my opinion, because cities of that size don't have international airports.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Bedford County, Va.
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To me a big city is any city that has an international airport. So a city with only 50,000 people is disqualified from being considered big in my opinion, because cities of that size don't have international airports.
As far as generalizations go, that actually not a terrible measuring stick to use
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Our nearest 'city' has an international airport, two hospitals [one teaching and one comfort], shopping mall, state university and 2 private colleges, a tech school, museums, a waterfront with a summer-long schedule of rock and jazz festivals.

34,000 people.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Moscow
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To me a big city is any city that has an international airport. So a city with only 50,000 people is disqualified from being considered big in my opinion, because cities of that size don't have international airports.
Wrong.

Example:
Great Falls, MT. Home of Great Falls Int'l Airport. Pop. 55k.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Bedford County, Va.
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Wrong.

Example:
Great Falls, MT. Home of Great Falls Int'l Airport. Pop. 55k.
I sincerely apologize if my question is misguided, but are they international in name only? It doesn't look like they have any direct international flights.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Moscow
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I sincerely apologize if my question is misguided, but are they international in name only? It doesn't look like they have any direct international flights.
Honestly, I don't know for sure anymore. Haven't lived in the area for a while. They used to get flights from Canada.
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