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Old 02-26-2013, 07:18 PM
 
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( about not locking ones house ) If a state hwy goes through your small town, you may know everyone in your town but you know nothing about the strangers passing through your town at night.

My cousin and her teen son and teen daughter lived in a town of about 2500.
She never locked her door.

One night 2 thugs from the big city decided they needed gas money. They tried a few houses at 1:am that were locked and came upon hers. The result was one rape and three throats cut.

I doubt they got over $10
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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To me, it means severely limited employment options. If not for that, I'd live in a small town in a heartbeat, similar to the one I grew up in.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:48 AM
 
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Agree, small towns do have their down sides too. But, then, the more populated an area is, the higher crime rates will be. Work of course, all the good jobs, you most likely will have to commute. But again, as mentioned, you get some city folks coming through, they bring their lifestyle and crime with them.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:39 PM
 
Location: SoCal & Mid-TN
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I moved from an area of about 500,000 to a small mountain town of 800 (300 in winter) when I retired. I loved it there! People were friendly and open. It was quiet too. Stupidly I moved away, but plan to move back this summer. There's an old saying, the best thing about a small town is everyone knows everyone. The worst thing about a small town is everyone knows everyone.
^^^^This. Small town politics can be a bear. Sometime it's corrupt too. Tick off the wrong person - even just standing up for yourself, and it can get unpleasant.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Murrieta California
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People retiring to small towns don't take into account that medical facilities will be very limited. This may not seem important at the time but as you get older it becomes more important. The metro area where I live is about 275,000 but we have excellent medical facilities within a few minutes of my home. Crime is not an issue here as my city is one of the safest in the country.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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I always hear the expression----------" where everybody knows everybody"

I have often wondered what population size makes that possible.
My guess is over 1500 it is unlikely,

I have heard that expression used in a town of 7500 near me.
Strange that most of the kids graduating from that high school don't even know half of the students in their graduating class.
I'm not surprised how that might work out, especially if the class has several hundred students. I went through junior high and high school and never had a class with my cousin even though we were in the same grade.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:08 AM
 
Location: somewhere in the woods
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But when is a small town too big? At 10,000 population? At 1,000?

the town I live closest to has 3204 people in it and that is still too many for me. I would love to move to Medicine Bow, Wyoming. population is less than 300.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I like everything about a small town. Less hectic lifestyle. Feels safer in many instances. More room between neighbors. Hopefully anyways. Less traffic. People know one another more so than in bigger areas. Not all the big box stores, and all the traffic and congestion that comes with it. I think the smaller town just has an overall better quality of life to it. Especially if it is within decent range of a bigger Metro, when that is needed. Medical or shopping, Education needs etc. Only thing I don't like about small towns or small anything is. They can be very gossipy and intolerant. I'm sure there not all that way though.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:37 PM
 
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( regarding gossip) Whenever someone bashes small towns by saying..........." I don't want my life to be the talk of the town "........I usually respond not to have a lifestyle that makes it worthy of being the talk of the town.

Problem solved !
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Murrieta California
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( regarding gossip) Whenever someone bashes small towns by saying..........." I don't want my life to be the talk of the town "........I usually respond not to have a lifestyle that makes it worthy of being the talk of the town.

Problem solved !
So you have to conform to what the others consider an appropriate lifestyle. No thanks, I will pass on that.
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