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Old 09-09-2015, 07:29 PM
 
Location: South Florida for now
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POP <2,000
I've lived all over, from the grit of Brooklyn (an Italian-American section, I think) to a small/mid-sized city outside of Greenville SC and for most of my life in the SoFla suburbs, and I just want to know if there still is a convenient (within' 40-50 miles of a mid-sized city, POP >40,000), affordable and close-knit rural town out there somewhere... particularly in the Midwest or South but anywhere else could do.
Cause if everything has been integrated and urbanized, then well... that'd be unfortunate...
Thanks!
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:09 PM
 
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Gratz, PA, 40 miles north of Harrisburg.
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Old 09-10-2015, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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I live on an island of only a few hundred people in northern Michigan. It is the most tight-knit place I've ever lived (and I've lived a lot of places). It is only about an hour from Traverse City, but requires some creative travel to get there. There are also some nice, smaller communities (probably more what you are looking for), like Saugatuck-Douglas and Grand Haven, within a 40 minute drive of Grand Rapids. The greater-GR area has a booming economy right now and there is a lot of money in those smaller, surrounding communities.
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:32 AM
 
Location: In a state of mind
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My town is not that small, but seems that way. Like when the postman sees you out and about and say he has a package for you, but since you aren't at home do you want it now?

Or it takes you an hour to walk two blocks from your house to office because you have so many people to talk to on the way.
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Old 09-11-2015, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Yes.

Everyone knowing everyone doesn't constitute everyone liking everyone, however.
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Old 09-16-2015, 08:06 PM
 
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Pendleton, Indiana is 30 miles from Indianapolis but has a small town charm to it. Almost everyone knows everyone, or at least recognizes them.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:01 AM
 
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Yes.

Everyone knowing everyone doesn't constitute everyone liking everyone, however.
Even if they're all related. (Maybe especially so.)
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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A lot of towns welcome one as a tourist but when you relocate there, it can take quite awhile before you become a part of the group. Seems they are suspicious of why you would relocated there. If you can stick it out, it can be worthwhile if they end up accepting you.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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I live in a small town somewhat like that. Just about everybody knows everybody else (and with that everybody else's business). Be careful what you wish for. There's something to be said for autonomy.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:54 PM
 
Location: IN
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I prefer dispersed rural wooded towns better, ones that have a small center and a majority of the populace living on dozens of roads outside of town.
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