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View Poll Results: What Percentage Of Rural People Think A Town Of 50,000 Qualifies As A Big City ?
100% 9 16.07%
90% 8 14.29%
80% 4 7.14%
70% 3 5.36%
60% 2 3.57%
50% 8 14.29%
40% 3 5.36%
30% 6 10.71%
20% 0 0%
10% 13 23.21%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-18-2010, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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I just really get sick when I get back from there.
That's so weird My husband and I were just discussing how we always seem to come down with some cruddy funk or another after we've gone into the city. And how we had many more sick days when we lived in/near cities. Coincidence?
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default One city boy's opinion

Although I live in Los Angeles and love it, I must say I find the OP ridiculous and embarrassing. Please do not judge us all by him - I can't fathom why he would be so immature (insecure?) as to come to this forum to put people down. That the OP is a troll post is correct indeed!
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Itinerant
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Although I live in Los Angeles and love it, I must say I find the OP ridiculous and embarrassing. Please do not judge us all by him - I can't fathom why he would be so immature (insecure?) as to come to this forum to put people down. That the OP is a troll post is correct indeed!
Hope this isn't in response to me... , I was just being deliberately obtuse.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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Since the OP status is now showing "Not a Member" it's likely that he's no longer with us and this thread is bogus... we can probably let it slip quietly into the night
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Hope this isn't in response to me... , I was just being deliberately obtuse.
No, the OP's posting name is John McClane.
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:25 AM
 
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Regardless of what a place calls itself, either in name or it's own mind, there are legal definitions of the designations (city, town, village, etc) -- population, industrial centers, type of government, and land size. Most times these vary a bit from state to state, but in cartography the size of your star or dot is usually determined solely by the population # and density. So, you could have a "city" star on a smaller community because there are a lot of people packed in there, and a "town" star on a bigger community because it's population isn't as high or as dense.

One thing I think we can all agree on is that we have Metropolises, Cities, Towns, and Villages... but maybe we all define these a little differently in relation to what we're used to. So, someone outside Omaha would consider it a "big" city, but someone from LA wouldn't even consider it to be a city at all... although legally and cartographically it is a "city" because it meets the criteria as such in Nebraska.
I live just outside Omaha and don't consider it a "big city." I consider it to be a decent sized city, since the metro area population is approximately 800K. I grew up in a town of 1500 that's about six miles outside Omaha. Now that I'm getting old (LOL) I can see that it's just about the best of both worlds...it's quiet, safe, no traffic but close enough to a city for work, shopping, going out, etc. I currently live in a city of 50K that borders Omaha. I can pretty much do everything I need to in this city.

There are a lot of suburban and small town areas that are in the Omaha metro but not in the city. When people ask, I just tell them I live in Omaha. LOL
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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i lived in a town of 500. we would call the nearby town of 20,000 the big city. but we knew what we were saying. it was kind of a joke to call it the big city. in that town, there were transplants from new york and other more major cities. so yeah, i'd say 0% of rural dwellers earnestly think of a 50k city as offering a big city lifestyle.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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When I grew up in the 60's Fresno was "big city" to us, and I don't think the population was even 50k back then. It pretty much provided what bigger cities do but in a lesser scale. It was certainly "big" compared to the small farming towns in its surrounding area.

Hey, I live in a city of 90,000, but that's mostly head count, plus farming community. The township proper isn't very big; in fact, most people seeing my "city" would never guess the population to be that high. Hell, FRESNO city center was bigger 40-50 years ago!
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I live in a city of 110,000 and the msa is 160,000 but it is the largest city in a 20 county region and has many of the same ammenties of a city many times our size. In fact Pueblo, the city I live in, has the second largest urban area in the state of Colorado. So yes I consider it to be big but then again its 3 times the size of a city with 50,000 people.
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:12 AM
 
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I would imagine that a very large pecentage of rural people would be in awe and amazement that it is even Humanly possible for a town to have 50,000 people. Since they are not even used to living in towns with more than 50 people let alone 50,000 people.
Definitions vary. I was in a town in WV with 1,000 people, and yes, the nearby town with 50,000 people was a big deal. But then again a town with 50 people might consider that town with 1,000 people to be a big deal as well. But that is not to say that no one from that town had not been to a big city. In fact one I knew had spent a lot of time in Philadelphia, but still regularly lives for months on end in that small town.
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