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Old 07-13-2012, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Murphy, NC
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Many small towns are very slow paced so that should be a concern, if you want a more ambitious population u may want a town thats a satelite of a large city. Many minority small towns in the south. I wouldnt expect many blacks in missouri. Houston is big and diverse with surrounding small towns, they still may be a culture shock. NJ is another ball game with most of the country, we dont waite around or have patience. Im trying to buy a house in a small town now and the seller is so backward we cant even get a hold of him. Be mentally prepared for people who live in a box and want little to do with the outside world, many will be politically incorrect to so dont go there with them. Some are plain ignorant hillbilly bungholes but most ppl are nice if u respect them and dont judge or try to change them. Many rural ppl are on welfare and have bad habits just like in city u want to avoid those areas if u want the real qualities of small town living.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:10 AM
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Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I'm an African American young woman looking to move away from the NJ/NYC Tri State area. I lived in New Orleans for about six years while I attended undergrad and I loved it. If I wasn't in school I would have chosen to reside in Mandeville instead of Mid-City, Metairie, and the Warehouse district. I miss NOLA a lot but their job market is very dismal.

I'd like to move somewhere comparable to New Orleans. I have also lived in Atlanta (Sandy Springs) to be exact, and I didn't like it so I moved back home to New Jersey.

I sometimes yearn for the solitude of small town living and spend weekends going hiking, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, and canoing.

I'm also looking to attend school in the next couple of years (when I will make my move) and so far have looked into Arizona and Missouri. I also like Biloxi very much, visited a beach there during my NOLA university days right by the Hard Rock hotel and Casino - post Katrina.

Please help me out.

What are some other small towns in which I could consider moving, that are also minority friendly?

Thanks!

Is PA too close? I live in North Eastern PA and although we are not African American, we are a family that includes an Asian daughter, and a Jewish family member. We are well educated and we enjoy many of the same outdoor activities as you do.

Our church hear is racially mixed - which we never had back in Long Island. PA state Parks are awesome and open to residents. Check out Kingston, Forty Fort and Wyoming PA on City Data. WE have a pretty good night life here and Wilkes-Barre is home to the Mohegan Sun Casino.

If you want more info, I'd be happy to tell you exactly where -as well as where to stay away from.

Another place I know of is Irvington Manor NY. Nice place, picturesque and diverse.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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Is PA too close? I live in North Eastern PA and although we are not African American, we are a family that includes an Asian daughter, and a Jewish family member. We are well educated and we enjoy many of the same outdoor activities as you do.

Our church hear is racially mixed - which we never had back in Long Island. PA state Parks are awesome and open to residents. Check out Kingston, Forty Fort and Wyoming PA on City Data. WE have a pretty good night life here and Wilkes-Barre is home to the Mohegan Sun Casino.

If you want more info, I'd be happy to tell you exactly where -as well as where to stay away from.

Another place I know of is Irvington Manor NY. Nice place, picturesque and diverse.
Did you mean Livingston Manor, which is in the Catskills? Liberty is another diverse small town close by, as is Margaretville(town of Middletown). Delhi has a SUNY campus that brings diversity to the area.
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:43 PM
 
Location: 2 blocks from bay in L.I, NY
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I'm an African American young woman looking to move away from the NJ/NYC Tri State area. I lived in New Orleans for about six years while I attended undergrad and I loved it. If I wasn't in school I would have chosen to reside in Mandeville instead of Mid-City, Metairie, and the Warehouse district. I miss NOLA a lot but their job market is very dismal.

I'd like to move somewhere comparable to New Orleans. I have also lived in Atlanta (Sandy Springs) to be exact, and I didn't like it so I moved back home to New Jersey.

I sometimes yearn for the solitude of small town living and spend weekends going hiking, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, and canoing.

I'm also looking to attend school in the next couple of years (when I will make my move) and so far have looked into Arizona and Missouri. I also like Biloxi very much, visited a beach there during my NOLA university days right by the Hard Rock hotel and Casino - post Katrina.

Please help me out.

What are some other small towns in which I could consider moving, that are also minority friendly?

Thanks!

A lot of small towns in the southern states will fit that bill because small towns in southern states will have a greater chance of have a larger Black populations which equals inheritedly more minority friendly usually. Ruston, LA for example comes to mind. In the northeastern part of the country away from the Atlantic coast, many towns in Pennyslvania such as Lock Haven, PA. Small towns in the mid-west (Salina, Kansas or Hastings, Nebraska) and west (Laramie, Wyoming or Dillon, Colorado). Great small towns in AZ and NM too but they're desert (beautiful in my opinion) but I'm not sure if you're interested in a desert town. As someone else pointed out, small towns have their own issues. The saying "Small towns equals small minds" exist for a reason, even though it doesn't apply to every single person. Word travels fast in small towns so you'll live under a microscope, even though you may not realize it, as an outsider. People are nosy and will want to know your "story", so be prepared for that. The activities that you mentioned, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, canoeing, are fun but even if you live in a small town with a sizeable Black population, you will see less than a handful taking part in those activities outside of fishing. So get ready to be make yourself "majority friendly" because if you plan on engaging in those outdoor actitivities that's who you'll be having that type of fun with.
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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A lot of small towns in the southern states will fit that bill because small towns in southern states will have a greater chance of have a larger Black populations which equals inheritedly more minority friendly usually. Ruston, LA for example comes to mind. In the northeastern part of the country away from the Atlantic coast, many towns in Pennyslvania such as Lock Haven, PA. Small towns in the mid-west (Salina, Kansas or Hastings, Nebraska) and west (Laramie, Wyoming or Dillon, Colorado). Great small towns in AZ and NM too but they're desert (beautiful in my opinion) but I'm not sure if you're interested in a desert town. As someone else pointed out, small towns have their own issues. The saying "Small towns equals small minds" exist for a reason, even though it doesn't apply to every single person. Word travels fast in small towns so you'll live under a microscope, even though you may not realize it, as an outsider. People are nosy and will want to know your "story", so be prepared for that. The activities that you mentioned, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, canoeing, are fun but even if you live in a small town with a sizeable Black population, you will see less than a handful taking part in those activities outside of fishing. So get ready to be make yourself "majority friendly" because if you plan on engaging in those outdoor actitivities that's who you'll be having that type of fun with.
Many small towns in the West have seen large numbers of transplants from the East as well as California. Many Southerners have moved to Wyoming either to work or retire. Regardless of how liberal and accepting these people may claim to be, remember that they did move to places that are essentially all White. They were obviously not seeking mixed racial communities. Oh, they'll be very friendly and welcome you to the community. But they're not going to be visiting you at your home and you're not going to be a guest at theirs.
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:10 PM
 
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I read a paperback about a guy who seeked out the least populated counties in the US, then went there and interviewed the residents.

He came to 2 conclusions---

#1--although he was greeted very warmly and everybody liked him, he sensed that only was because he was new
Many of the residents didn't get along with each other and were trying to get him on " their side"

#2----if one wants to remain anonymous, go to a big city and rent a room. Nobody will know you or care
Moving to a small town will mean everybody will know all about you.

I realize the OP probably wasn't planning to move to as small a town as I mentioned.

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Old 07-16-2012, 11:39 PM
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Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Did you mean Livingston Manor, which is in the Catskills? Liberty is another diverse small town close by, as is Margaretville(town of Middletown). Delhi has a SUNY campus that brings diversity to the area.
My mistake. Livingston Manor.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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My mistake. Livingston Manor.
No big deal. I know that there is an Irvington too. So, I wasn't sure and Livingston Manor may fit.
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:01 AM
 
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I read a paperback about a guy who seeked out the least populated counties in the US, then went there and interviewed the residents.

He came to 2 conclusions---

#1--although he was greeted very warmly and everybody liked him, he sensed that only was because he was new
Many of the residents didn't get along with each other and were trying to get him on " their side"

#2----if one wants to remain anonymous, go to a big city and rent a room. Nobody will know you or care
Moving to a small town will mean everybody will know all about you.

I realize the OP probably wasn't planning to move to as small a town as I mentioned.
Fascinating observation.. please share the title of the book and author's name.

Do you think the conclusions of the writer are true?
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