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View Poll Results: Is A Town Of 25 Thousand People Considered Rural ?
YES 12 13.33%
NO 78 86.67%
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:23 PM
 
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I have an aunt who recently retired in a town in North Dakota called West Fargo. It has a population of over 25 thousand people.

To her it feels more small town than urban especially compared to where she used to live which was Houston, a city of over 2 million people.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I think it kind of depends on what's around it. Is it surrounded by farms or are there other bigger towns close to it?

I grew up near a city of 17,000. Anything larger than that I can't consider rural.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:08 AM
 
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I currently work in a town of 18,000. It is not rural to me. Fortunately, I get to go home frequently. And even while here, I can get away.

Rural is not in or near any town, IMO.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:40 AM
 
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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently proposed to raise the definition of "rural" to include areas up to 50,000 inhabitants. USDA Rural Development programs consider areas up to 20,000 population to be "rural".

However, to me, an area is not rural unless the population is measured in hundreds, not thousands. If you have retail stores, restaurants, banks, a hospital, etc., there is no way you are in a rural area. Just because there is no indoor mall and no Starbucks does not mean you are rural or even in a small town. You might be in a small city.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Central Midwest
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I live in the country 3.5 miles from our village of 850 people. Believe me I live in a rural area. The village contains a Casey's convenience store, one tavern, 3 churches, one school, one beauty shop at someone's home and a motorcycle repair place in someone's home garage. Believe me, a town of 25,000 looks like a huge city and definitely not rural.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:01 AM
 
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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently proposed to raise the definition of "rural" to include areas up to 50,000 inhabitants. USDA Rural Development programs consider areas up to 20,000 population to be "rural".

However, to me, an area is not rural unless the population is measured in hundreds, not thousands. If you have retail stores, restaurants, banks, a hospital, etc., there is no way you are in a rural area. Just because there is no indoor mall and no Starbucks does not mean you are rural or even in a small town. You might be in a small city.
On the other hand, the US Census considers a municipalities or communities(cdp) of 2500 or more to be "urban". So, it may depend on location.

As for a West Fargo, I wouldn't call it rural, given the size and location.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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Rural to me is about location and distance from metropolitan areas, nothing to do with population. Town, city, etc, titles are what refers to population in my perspective.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Columbus, Indiana
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I think it depends on your perspective. Growing up in a town of around 15,000, a town of 25,000 seems large, but coming from a city of over 2 million, it would seem rural. Right now, I live in a very rural area. Our nearest neighbor is over a half mile away!
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I put yes. I live in a city of 110,000 people with a MSA of 160,000 people and when I travel to canon city I consider it to be rural. I think their MSA is about 25,000 people.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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West Fargo is attached to Fargo (pop 107,000) which in turn is connected to Moorhead, Minnesota (38,000). The total population of the "metro" is 212,000.

So while I could see some cities with a 25K population being considered rural, I hardly think West Fargo fits the description.
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