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Old 02-28-2009, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Everett, WA
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In your opinion what is the smallest sized rural town that is reasonably priced where a single person can move to and live without being treated like an outcast?

I'm asking about the size of a town, not the name of the town itself (unless you want to tell me)

I've heard once that the population should be at least 30,000 and if it's less than that the town is usually unique enough (ie.: vacation destination) whereas the cost of living is very high. Does this sound accurate/inaccurate?
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Old 02-28-2009, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Sounds okay...smaller towns are harder to meet people and develop more than a casual friendship with. As most them already have their social circle intact. They often welcome some talk from a new person, but its more to have something new to talk about. JMHO.
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Old 02-28-2009, 07:59 PM
 
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I wouldn't argue with that number. I have lived in several like sized towns, and that would seem about right.
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Old 03-02-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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I think that if there's a university or some employer that commonly cycles people in and out of the area that a smaller town might be friendlier than otherwise because proportionately fewer people are born into their social network.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I spent the majority of my single, twentysomething years living and attempting to date in and around a small town (pop. 7,000). Were it not for online dating, I'd have been screwed. You run through the eligible guys pretty quickly in a town that small...and for me, I'd grown up with most of them.
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Depends on the town. If its a college town, 30,000 should do it. If not, I would say 200,000-300,000 is more like it. Small towns generally don't have much of a singles scene and you pretty much have to rely on online dating unless you grew up there and already know everybody.
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Old 03-14-2009, 07:33 AM
 
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I believe to live in small town.
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Old 03-14-2009, 10:32 PM
 
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I've heard once that the population should be at least 30,000 and if it's less than that the town is usually unique enough (ie.: vacation destination) whereas the cost of living is very high. Does this sound accurate/inaccurate?
That sounds to be a bit of a nonsense - plenty of small towns with populations less than 30K with low cost of living and not a lot of "uniqueness". I live outside a town of +/- 7200 and no one in their right mind would come here on vacation either.

I think it's all going to depend on the individual state and where the state is geographically within the US.
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: paris,tn.
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try jackson,tn. its about 100,000 population,has all the amminities you could want and has many small communities within 25 miles of it where the cost of living is extremly affordable,plenty of colleges as well. go to cwtar.com for more info about this area
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:27 AM
 
Location: CA
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Hmm.. well you didn't mention if, as a single person, you're actually interested in the dating scene. The OP just asked about being treated as an outcast. I'm in a town with population of under 3,000, and I'm single and have no desire to be involved in any kind of dating scene. I'm also not treated as an outcast

We do have quite a bit of the "cycling" factor that someone mentioned going on here though. couple of employers who regularly have people coming or going.
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