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Old 06-17-2012, 08:36 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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In other words - cities PAY to be on them.

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Old 06-17-2012, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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I'd say from visiting many of these that someone at the Smithsonian enjoyed exploring some of the more expensive "little" towns around the country at the expense of their Chambers of Commerce, but those that I've personally visited (Taos, Naples, Key West) are not what I would consider the best rural or small town living, unless I were to be granted an unlimited income.

Personally, these would be on my list:

Thomaston, ME
Boulder, CO
Waynesville, NC
Salida, CO
Middlebury, VT
McCall, ID
Fredricksburg, TX
Portsmouth, NH
Atchison, KS
Quinby, VA
Truth or Consequences, NM
Escanaba, MI
Moab, UT
Livingston, MT
La Conner, WA
Florence, OR
Red Bluff, CA
Clinton, NJ
Amelia Island, FL
Maryville, TN
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:18 PM
 
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I'd say from visiting many of these that someone at the Smithsonian enjoyed exploring some of the more expensive "little" towns around the country at the expense of their Chambers of Commerce, but those that I've personally visited (Taos, Naples, Key West) are not what I would consider the best rural or small town living, unless I were to be granted an unlimited income.

Personally, these would be on my list:

Thomaston, ME
Boulder, CO
Waynesville, NC
Salida, CO
Middlebury, VT
McCall, ID
Fredricksburg, TX
Portsmouth, NH
Atchison, KS
Quinby, VA
Truth or Consequences, NM
Escanaba, MI
Moab, UT
Livingston, MT
La Conner, WA
Florence, OR
Red Bluff, CA
Clinton, NJ
Amelia Island, FL
Maryville, TN
While I agree with you, most of the places on your list require a good amount of dough to survive in...
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I'd say from visiting many of these that someone at the Smithsonian enjoyed exploring some of the more expensive "little" towns around the country at the expense of their Chambers of Commerce, but those that I've personally visited (Taos, Naples, Key West) are not what I would consider the best rural or small town living, unless I were to be granted an unlimited income.

Personally, these would be on my list:

Thomaston, ME
Boulder, CO
Waynesville, NC
Salida, CO
Middlebury, VT
McCall, ID
Fredricksburg, TX
Portsmouth, NH
Atchison, KS
Quinby, VA
Truth or Consequences, NM
Escanaba, MI
Moab, UT
Livingston, MT
La Conner, WA
Florence, OR
Red Bluff, CA
Clinton, NJ
Amelia Island, FL
Maryville, TN
With a population just under 100,000 and a southeastern border nearly bumping the northwest corner of the Denver metro, I'd hardly call Boulder a small town. Probably not a bad list overall, though.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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While I agree with you, most of the places on your list require a good amount of dough to survive in...
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With a population just under 100,000 and a southeastern border nearly bumping the northwest corner of the Denver metro, I'd hardly call Boulder a small town. Probably not a bad list overall, though.
I included Boulder because we were able to walk around it's core without trouble, but you are correct that it is not really small, per se. It is more than a hop, skip, and jump for Denver, though. As for the cost of living, it is something I looked at as we visited places, and was surprised how expensive every place is to live. That said, the OPs list had Naples, Taos, and Key West -- very spendy. My sister is paying $2000 a month for a one bedroom apartment in Key West, with no amenities.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:51 PM
 
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I'd say from visiting many of these that someone at the Smithsonian enjoyed exploring some of the more expensive "little" towns around the country at the expense of their Chambers of Commerce, but those that I've personally visited (Taos, Naples, Key West) are not what I would consider the best rural or small town living, unless I were to be granted an unlimited income.

Personally, these would be on my list:

Thomaston, ME
Boulder, CO
Waynesville, NC
Salida, CO
Middlebury, VT
McCall, ID
Fredricksburg, TX
Portsmouth, NH
Atchison, KS
Quinby, VA
Truth or Consequences, NM
Escanaba, MI
Moab, UT
Livingston, MT
La Conner, WA
Florence, OR
Red Bluff, CA
Clinton, NJ
Amelia Island, FL
Maryville, TN
I lived in Salida,CO. but just heard how things have changed there just wouldn't interest me anymore.

Last few years I have really liked Warsaw,Mo. Small,inexpensive,Shops,and just Fun Outdoorsy Town.

But your List is Good.

brushrunner
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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I wonder to what extent these communities will lose what makes them a "Best Small Town" by being listed as such.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:38 AM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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I'd say from visiting many of these that someone at the Smithsonian enjoyed exploring some of the more expensive "little" towns around the country at the expense of their Chambers of Commerce, but those that I've personally visited (Taos, Naples, Key West) are not what I would consider the best rural or small town living, unless I were to be granted an unlimited income.

Personally, these would be on my list:

Thomaston, ME
Boulder, CO
Waynesville, NC
Salida, CO
Middlebury, VT
McCall, ID
Fredricksburg, TX
Portsmouth, NH
Atchison, KS
Quinby, VA
Truth or Consequences, NM
Escanaba, MI
Moab, UT
Livingston, MT
La Conner, WA
Florence, OR
Red Bluff, CA
Clinton, NJ
Amelia Island, FL
Maryville, TN
I agree with all of these except La Conner which makes me ill just thinking about it, I'd rather gouge my eyes out with a spatula than ever see that hell-hole again. The only redeeming attribute of La Conner is the sign leading out of town that says "leaving La Conner". If it wasn't so expensive to do so, Washington would have long ago added La Conner to the Federal Supefund Site List and covered it up with clay and gravel.

I did like Kirstin's however, try the Alaskan Sea Scallops they're yummy.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:34 PM
 
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I wonder to what extent these communities will lose what makes them a "Best Small Town" by being listed as such.
Well, Taos is a fake craphole full of fake hippies from California, New York and Chicago who have million dollar ranchettes but walk around smelling like sweat, breaded hair and no bra and ordering $9 organic sandwiches. Santa Fe is similar, "the land of Georgia O'Keefe", puhlease, ever seen what she painted? She did not have to go to Santa Fe for that and ruin it for everyone else. All these lists do is ruin it for normal people.

Most of the the nice homes and ranches in these towns have the same story that goes like this: "My name is Karen, my husband and I were in corporate <insert one of the following: advertising, sales> for 40 years in <insert one of the following; New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago". We vacationed in <insert one of the following: New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana> and simply fell in love with it. Finally the time came for our dream to come true and we purchased the beautiful 40 acres bordering National Forest where we had designer <insert favorite niche home builder name> build us a beautiful 3800 sqft modern Adobe home of our dreams. We love it in <insert one of: Taos, Flagstaff, Jackson Hole...> - people are nice, all our friends are simply amazing, we have star gazing parties together, as well as hikes in our local development organized by the local bird watching society. We recently started a fund raising campaign to build a new animal shelter, given that the nearby small town does not have the resources to properly care for the poor stray dogs and cats in the area. We also assist with abuse cases, which, sadly are common here...."... blah, blah, blah.

OD
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:23 AM
 
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It always cracks me up that the 'big city' people 1) have no idea what a "small town" is, and 2)that they say things like "There is, we think, something encouraging about finding culture in small-town America" as if it were a shock to find anything at all, much less creative and cognizant human beings, outside of their beltways. I've lived in huge cities (+1 million pop) and now live in a town of 145 - and there are museums, art shows, local band performances, even a cappella singing performances and melodramas, everywhere you look, and at least every weekend within a two hour drive. 'Culture' is everywhere, once you get off your subways and look somewhere else - besides down your own nose. And you don't need a computerized Google list to find it. I hope those writers weren't paid for this bit of mindless, effortless fluff. I found the whole tenor of this to be condescending and insulting - just another example of the "let me tell you what you should think" mentality in media.
I guess it depends on where you live, some people think that 50,000 people is a small town. To me, 10,000 is too big. Everyone has different ideas of what their version of small towns are though. I like having only one or two stores, some ma and pa shops, everyone knows everyone and even more, how a lot of people here generally dont bother locking things up. No I dont go around looking for unlocked cars or doors but hear so much about it, and even seen several examples.
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