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Old 04-23-2012, 02:19 PM
 
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I moved to small town New Mexico where I lived happily for 14 years. but it was a huge adjustment getting to happy...

When you say you want to get away from it all just think long and hard about what that means.
Jobs are scarce and nepotism in hiring is rampant.
Don't badmouth anyone as the person you're speaking to is probably a relative.
You may be 1,2,3 hours from a major airport. If you're lucky there's a rural one, but it's expensive to fly and under threat of closure each budget year.
Your shopping choices are limited severely.
People are friendly, but slow to welcome strangers, so while you like the locals helpfulness and friendliness making friends takes time!
Nightlife is almost nonexistent.
Hunting: It's a way of life.
...and if you are looking for a liberal, rural town I'd give Silver City New Mexico a shot.
And you forgot the most important: better be debt free with either a big bank account or source of income of some sort (I guess your "jobs are scarce" comment touches this a bit).

Silver City, NM real estate is pretty expensive compared to the rest of the country (NM real estate is on average among the most expensive ones in the country which is funny for a state with very poor economy), especially for a small town population 10,000 that has not much to offer in terms of income opportunities. NM as a whole does not have much of a middle class (very rich flock to places like Santa Fe, Taos and Silver City), it is infested with drugs and there are a lot of small towns (population 2,000+) that have serious drug/crime problems which surprised me (at least) since I wonder who does all this crime in a place like Tucumcari (crime index in the high 400s, population 5,000)?

Finally, a lot of "liberal small" towns are codewords for wealthy Californians and North easterners buying up pretty properties in these towns, turning them into their playgrounds, driving up costs of everything and "going back to the land" at the same time

OD
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:32 PM
 
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And you forgot the most important: better be debt free with either a big bank account or source of income of some sort (I guess your "jobs are scarce" comment touches this a bit).

Silver City, NM real estate is pretty expensive compared to the rest of the country (NM real estate is on average among the most expensive ones in the country which is funny for a state with very poor economy), especially for a small town population 10,000 that has not much to offer in terms of income opportunities. NM as a whole does not have much of a middle class (very rich flock to places like Santa Fe, Taos and Silver City), it is infested with drugs and there are a lot of small towns (population 2,000+) that have serious drug/crime problems which surprised me (at least) since I wonder who does all this crime in a place like Tucumcari (crime index in the high 400s, population 5,000)?

Finally, a lot of "liberal small" towns are codewords for wealthy Californians and North easterners buying up pretty properties in these towns, turning them into their playgrounds, driving up costs of everything and "going back to the land" at the same time

OD
I spent some time in silver City. I remember the people being very nice there. Have not been back in years. I knew a guy that had a boot making shop in town there. Made some beautiful boots.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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There are many small towns in the less populated areas of the country--particularly rural areas that are not very close to a large city--that are nice places to live. You won't find well paying jobs there but real estate prices will be lower.

The mountainous and scenic areas of the country tend to have their yuppie-types who have moved away from populous areas--and the higher real estate prices reflect that--but the flat land areas of the country still have some slow-paced and safe small towns.
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:25 AM
 
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There are many small towns in the less populated areas of the country--particularly rural areas that are not very close to a large city--that are nice places to live. You won't find well paying jobs there but real estate prices will be lower.

The mountainous and scenic areas of the country tend to have their yuppie-types who have moved away from populous areas--and the higher real estate prices reflect that--but the flat land areas of the country still have some slow-paced and safe small towns.
You can still find small towns with average to below average COL in NY State and other states in the Northeast too. Here is an example: Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed

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Old 04-26-2012, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Near Macon GA
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Hmm... come to think of it, that pretty much sums up the little town I live in, Knoxville, Georgia. The people are nice (if you pick the right spot, that is), the streets are quiet (again, if you pick the right spot), and... well, the downtown is relatively small. It is made up of about eight buildings, the tallest being the new courthouse (there is an old one that is no longer in use, it is now a museum). Thee are two jails, similar to the courthouses, one is new and in use, and the other is a museum. They tried to base the buildings off of something you would see in the sixties or seventies. So think about it, it might not be perfect for you (since it has got two newer buildings), if not, that's perfectly ok.

~~~ Maconman123
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Cabot Cove in Maine?
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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Stowe Vermont. Bring your wallet.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:40 PM
 
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Clinton, MO Bring your fishing pole.
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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There are lots of small town just like this, here in Kentucky
Midway, Wilmore, and Versailles just to name a few.
It's a lot like where my family comes from too - Ferdinand, Indiana.
Yeah Indiana has a lot of great little towns too.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:11 PM
 
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Branchville South Carolina and most of the small towns in that part of the state. Some are much nicer than others.
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