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Old 10-20-2007, 12:48 PM
 
Location: California
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Default Top 10 Best Rural Counties to Live

Where's the best rural place to live?
Progresive Farmer magazine,in partnershop with the real estate reserch firm Onboard,has comfiled a top-10 list of desirable rural counties.The list takes into account several criteria,including home and land prices,crime rates,air quality,education,access to health care,and average household income.
Before making these picks,the magazine's editors traveled to the opt contenders and interviewd the residens and get the lay of the land. Here are ther final selections:
  • Barren County,KY
  • Warren County,Pa
  • Randolph County,Ill
  • Gillespie County,S.D.
  • St. Lawrence County,N.Y.
  • Sac County,Iowa
  • Garfield County,Okla.
  • Amador County,Calif.
  • Polk County,N.C.
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Old 10-20-2007, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Mountain Ranch, CA The heart of Calaveras County
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LOL we refer to Amador County as the big city county. They have a Wal-Mart
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Old 10-20-2007, 03:10 PM
 
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I think these "lists" tend to be very self-serving to the special interests that "compile" and publish them.

I can easily come up with many counties in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Idaho, that I know of first hand that have spectacular rural living conditions with all of the criteria mentioned ...

And I have no doubt that many other posters could do similarly for many other areas of the country. It's so subjective a top ten list that it's nice to look at, but it's otherwise meaningless .....
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Old 02-15-2008, 09:49 AM
 
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Love St. Lawrence County. I took it for granted when I lived there. I thought all people were friendly and neighborly like they are there until I left for college. By the time I graduated I was running back home.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:43 PM
 
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Where's the best rural place to live?
Progresive Farmer magazine,in partnershop with the real estate reserch firm Onboard,has comfiled a top-10 list of desirable rural counties.The list takes into account several criteria,including home and land prices,crime rates,air quality,education,access to health care,and average household income.
Before making these picks,the magazine's editors traveled to the opt contenders and interviewd the residens and get the lay of the land. Here are ther final selections:
  • Barren County,KY
  • Warren County,Pa
  • Randolph County,Ill
  • Gillespie County,S.D.
  • St. Lawrence County,N.Y.
  • Sac County,Iowa
  • Garfield County,Okla.
  • Amador County,Calif.
  • Polk County,N.C.
What??? They left out Sampson County, NC ........
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Old 02-15-2008, 01:05 PM
 
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[*]Gillespie County,S.D.
I believe you mean Gillespie County, Texas? There is no Gillespie county in South Dakota.
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Old 02-15-2008, 01:21 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I think these "lists" tend to be very self-serving to the special interests that "compile" and publish them.

I can easily come up with many counties in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Idaho, that I know of first hand that have spectacular rural living conditions with all of the criteria mentioned ...

And I have no doubt that many other posters could do similarly for many other areas of the country. It's so subjective a top ten list that it's nice to look at, but it's otherwise meaningless .....
When flying west - even in commercial flights - you can see rural for hundreds of miles.

When i fly from Jackson, Wy, to Salem OR, I dont think you fly over anything more then what could be considered a hamlet at the least. And thats nearly 600 miles. - Never mind all the Dakotas, Montana, Washinton state, New Mexico.... Utah.. Man there is Rural.. most of the USA is Rural! Even with Wal-Mart!
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:22 PM
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Location: The 12th State
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I dont think it a good idea to put these rural counties and cities on a "Best Place list"

The one thing that makes these areas ideal for some is the fact they are rural.

It would attract unwanted amount of transplants.
Developer comes in offers a farmer a above decent price for his land
Commercial developers are sure to follow now you are stuck with bad roads, overcrowded schools .
Restrictions start go up on type of animals you have type of pet you have, taxes go up and that rural feel is washed away.
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I don't think we have much control over these lists, but I certainly agree with you that after a town or city gets the publicity, it often goes downhill, over-built and ultimately becomes unaffordable except for the investor-types.

I've seen it happen to a small city (Providence, RI) and a town (Taos, NM).

Neither really benefited in the long-run although the influx of tourists appealed for awhile.

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I dont think it a good idea to put these rural counties and cities on a "Best Place list"

The one thing that makes these areas ideal for some is the fact they are rural.

It would attract unwanted amount of transplants.
Developer comes in offers a farmer a above decent price for his land
Commercial developers are sure to follow now you are stuck with bad roads, overcrowded schools .
Restrictions start go up on type of animals you have type of pet you have, taxes go up and that rural feel is washed away.
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Old 02-16-2008, 03:33 AM
 
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quoted by ontheroad:
"I've seen it happen to a small city (Providence, RI) and a town (Taos, NM)."


Wow, I agree with that 100%. Providence has been called The Renaissance City and the tourists sure helped pay for all the upgrades, but at a price no small city can afford.

It used to be a great small city which thought it was a small town but the corruption that came with the development just ruined the atmosphere. I still love the place as my roots are there but it sure doesn't look or feel the same.

So sad.
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