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Old 10-24-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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Does this place exist?
farm/country-ish, homes with nice sized lots. close-knit community. everyone knows everyone. nice people. old buildings. lots of history. cold weather. NO CHAIN STORES all family owned. quiet town, not much to do but have alot of town gatherings. maybe under 5,000 people.

i know its alot to ask, but i really dont know what is out there. ive lived in buffalo ny for most of my life, currently live in phoenix. HATE THE HEAT but i really didnt like ANYTHING about ny. too big, too many people.

Just want a cold place, everyone knows everyone where your community is your family and alot of history to it.

Price is not an option so that does not factor in at all. Thanks!
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:39 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Look into Northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Northern and Upper Michigan.

The people in all those states and very nice plus the weather is nice and cold
Hope you find a good place to call home!
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Most of Maine is like that.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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There is no "perfect" place no matter how hard you look otherwise everyone would be living there

Set your priorities..what you MUST have and what you'd LIKE to have but could live without.
It's all a give and take and what you're willing to settle for.
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I live near a town like that in Illinois. It is a mix of mom & pop with a sprinkling of names you recognize. Lincoln debated and slept there. House range in age from 100+ to modern. Several churches and things to do.

Unless you live in a town of 200, you will find some national chain stores like fast food and gas stations, but most of everything else is not chain stores. You have medical care, library, schools, town square, pharmacy, farm implement and small engine repair, auto sales and replair, barber and beauty, florist, police etc..It is nice little town of about 3,000 with good city services.
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Old 10-29-2011, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Some of the small, close-knit towns may not take an instant shine to "outsiders". You could relocate and discover that it may take a while to be accepted.
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I live on the north edge of a town of 145 people, and moved here 3 years ago. There is a feed store, a parts store, a mechanic, a gas/propane station, and a bar/restaurant. Nothing else. Grocery stores and medical care - as well as a Subway, Pizza Hut, and Comfort Inn - are 40 miles away. We have had no problem 'fitting in' - they say it takes 20 years to get accepted here, but we make friends easily, plus we mind our own business and live here for ourselves, not for anyone else. The closest Wal Mart is 150 miles away.

We do whatever we want on our own property. Even though we live 'in town' we have 60 acres to the north and west of town, and are quite content. We trade work and food and produce with neighbors, participate in some gatherings, but pretty much 'do our own thing'. We are quite busy and quite content. If you want to live REALLY rurally, Nebraska is it...

If you want to explore places, I suggest that you go to LandsofAmerica.com and type in the type of place and property, as well as the price range, that you are looking for. You can do it by state and figure out what is where. There are lots of pics and even videos posted, lots of good descriptions. Then you can go on City-Data on the respective state forums and ask people what life is like where you are looking. That is what we did, and we found our "perfect place".
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Old 10-29-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Some of the small, close-knit towns may not take an instant shine to "outsiders". You could relocate and discover that it may take a while to be accepted.
I have heard that said many times; but I think it is repeated mostly be urbanites.

Living in a small town I have not witnessed it at all.

In reality what we witnessed when we moved rural has been the opposite; open arms and handshakes.

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Old 10-29-2011, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Some of the small, close-knit towns may not take an instant shine to "outsiders". You could relocate and discover that it may take a while to be accepted.
Only if you move there and try to bring your version of "change" to the town. If you move and assimilate to the existing customs you should have no problem.
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Only if you move there and try to bring your version of "change" to the town. If you move and assimilate to the existing customs you should have no problem.
I can see that.

The one part that could possibly keep this from being an 'urban legend', is when the urbanite insists that his/her new rural neighbors must comply with the social norms of the city where he/she came from.

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