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Old 04-22-2009, 09:01 PM
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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Ashland, OR area might fit what you are looing for. Southern OR Univ is in Ashland. Ashland is surrounded by rural area, but is close to Medford, OR. It is a great little city with alot to offer.
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:48 PM
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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You should check into Iowa. Many relatively small towns with a small college within. Towns of over 50,000 population are spread through the state. Any community within 20 miles of one of these larger towns will have a fairly large younger crowd.
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:15 PM
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
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Clemson, SC.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:58 PM
Location: San Antonio
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Lebanon, IL, home to McKendree University, may fit the bill for you. Lebanon has a population of around 2500. It's a lovely little town, full of charming old home.

McKendree University is the oldest college in the state of Illinois, founded in 1828. It's a great college with an absolutely lovely campus.

Lebanon is also a short 25 minutes away from downtown St. Louis.

If you google Lebanon, IL and click on "Images" you'll see some great photos of this gorgeous and quaint Victorian town.
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:52 PM
Location: at the foot of my mountain
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Maryville, TN,
Morgantown, WV
Radford, VA
Greenville, NC
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by thriftylefty View Post
If you find a town like that tell me , many of the things you are looking for are mutually exclusive of each other. A town of 2500 with a lot of young people sounds like a commune, 20 miles away from a town of 50000 sounds like a crowded suburb or bed room community, prolly no open land, and a place with open land sounds like a hick town. IMO the place you describe sounds like a place near Tahoe, Aspen, The Poconose, Sante Fe, Carmel, .....You get the drift
I think thriftylefty had it right awhile back
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:23 PM
Location: Middle America
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Originally Posted by beachmouse View Post
There are some places like that once you start looking at small Midwestern liberal arts colleges.


Gambier, Ohio- population 1,871 according to the 2000 census. Home to the highly regarded Kenyon College. About 30 miles from the suburbs of Columbus, OH.
Agreed, with the midwestern liberal arts observation.

I attended Gustavus Adolphus, a small Lutheran liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minnesota. A sibling of mine is a graduate of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. My boyfriend's parents are both graduates of Kenyon in Gambier. Each of these would probably fit the bill. Grinnell College, Luther College, Wartburg College, etc. all come to mind on the radar, as well. There are actually tons that fit the criteria given sprinkled throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Small, liberal arts college towns are fairly popular in the Midwest.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:52 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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Stillwater OK is a college town (Oklahoma State U) of about 50k, there are many smaller towns within 20 miles with lots of space for farm and ranch.
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Old 05-16-2009, 03:28 PM
Location: Rolla, Phelps County, Ozarks, Missouri
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Newburg, Mo.

Rolla, home of Missouri S&T, is just a stone's throw to the east.

Newburg has a lively arts colony and is the home of the Lyric Live Theater.
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Old 05-16-2009, 03:34 PM
Location: Western Hoosierland
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Originally Posted by BeatlesloveLVNV View Post
I am wondering if anyone knows of a small town(below 2,500) in a country area with a college nearby?
Other criteria:
~alot of younger people, 18-25
~no sex offenders
~little crime
~very walkable
~alot of open land
~under 20 miles away from a town with 50,000 people or more
~not a "hick town"
I am very sorry I am so picky, I just know what I want, I just haven't found it yet.

Greencastle,Indiana fits all the requirements you listed except Greencastle is about 44 miles from a town of 50,000 or more.

DePauw University is in Greencastle
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