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Old 01-01-2015, 06:14 PM
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Many, if not all, small towns know too much (or so they think) about they're neighbors for my liking. At what size, or how big do you think they have to be for the locals to not be able to or not be interested in 'keeping tabs' on the neighbors/newcomers? And not be so suspicious of new people moving into town?

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Old 01-01-2015, 09:15 PM
Location: In a state of mind
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My town isn't that small but my neighbors all know every move I make. If I drive off wityhout giving advance notice my phone rings, "where ya goin?" LOL

After living in cities I like this kind of neighborhood. Keeps the druggies out.
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Old 01-02-2015, 07:43 AM
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I can't imagine how large one would have to be.

I grew up in a Midwestern city of more than 1 million. When someone new moved in to the neighborhoods that I frequented, everyone checked them out. They'd smile and wave when outside, talk about the new person or people behind their doors or over their back fences, and ask questions of the new one(s) when they'd talk.

It seems to be human nature more than population density.
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Old 01-02-2015, 04:20 PM
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I agree, it has nothing to do with size, it's more of a localized thing. You can life in a community of 200 people where people know or care nothing about what you're up to, or you can live in a neighborhood in a city of a million where people know what's going on in your life before you do. In my experience it has more to do with caring about the neighbors and being invested in the community than nosiness for the sake of nosiness, but I'm not denying that there are plenty of nosy folks out there.

I actually kind of like knowing that my neighbors are keeping tabs on me. I don't have anything to hide, and it's nice to know that if somebody is messing around my place when I'm not home it's likely to be noticed. And I have no problem letting someone know if they're interested in some aspect of my life that's none of their business.
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