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Old 03-08-2010, 10:45 PM
 
Location: hopefully NYC one day :D
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Would a city of about 65,000 people and a metro population of about 100,000 people seem like a big city to you? Would an intersection with 4 lanes going one way, each lane with about 15 cars waiting for the green light seem overwhelming to you?

The reason I ask is because I live in a city about that size and it is near many cities with about 1,000,000 people. Many people here feel overwhelmed by the big city and I have always wondered if a city like the one I live in is overwhelming to someone who lives in a town of about 5,000 people. So, would a city of 65,000 people seem big to you?
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:07 PM
 
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I get upset if I have to pass 3 Horse and Buggies in a half mile.Hate driving in a Big City over 2,500.

Serious as a Heart Beat.

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Old 03-09-2010, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Splitting time between Dayton, NJ and Needmore, PA
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I've lived in Jersey for most of my life with glorious weekends and even whole months in a very quiet, rural area of Pennsylvania. Having spoken to many of the locals in the rural area, I would say yes, 65K is a big city to many.
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:49 AM
 
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Harrisburg (<50k city 500k metro) is too uncomfortably big for my in-laws who live 16+ miles from the post office serving their zip code.

My mother who lives in a 48k muSA with an 18k central city in upstate NY is uncomfortable driving in nearby Binghamton.
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:44 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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This may come as a surprise to you, Boi, but just because we live in small towns doesn't mean we haven't been outside our city limits. I've driven through cities like Atlanta, Nashville, St. Louis, Memphis, Cincinatti, Pittsburgh, Dallas, New Orleans and we could go on. I prefer a good 4 lane road with cruise set between 75-80. Told my parents once I'm usually going 85 through downtown Atlanta. Being the typical mother mine asked me why I was driving that fast. "To keep from being pushed off the side of the road by other traffic!"
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Old 03-09-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Bedford County, Va.
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I kind of see 25K-200K to be a medium-sized city. I rarely see much difference in amenities of cities of that size. So that's a "no" to it being considered a big city, and I definitely don't get overwhelmed being there. Of course, for years prior to living where I do now, I was in a place that had an MSA of about 1.5 million. So maybe I'm the exception.

Though I'm never overwhelmed in cities, I also don't enjoy having to dodge jaywalkers or waiting in line through three rotations of a street light. If I have to be in the car for 10 minutes, I'd much rather be moving!
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:19 PM
 
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This may come as a surprise to you, Boi, but just because we live in small towns doesn't mean we haven't been outside our city limits. I've driven through cities like Atlanta, Nashville, St. Louis, Memphis, Cincinatti, Pittsburgh, Dallas, New Orleans and we could go on. I prefer a good 4 lane road with cruise set between 75-80. Told my parents once I'm usually going 85 through downtown Atlanta. Being the typical mother mine asked me why I was driving that fast. "To keep from being pushed off the side of the road by other traffic!"
Exactly.

I'm not overwhelmed driving in large cities. I just don't like driving where there are 2.5M others who drive just like me! Driving in aggressive conditions tends to make one an aggressive driver. Some of us like to actually relax and enjoy the drives.
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:20 PM
 
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10K is huge, 5k is big, 1k is too many, 500 about right (but I wouldnt want to live in a big city of 500 people either).

I'll match my blood pressure with yours.
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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I live in a community of around 3000 people. Before that, though, I lived in a suburban area near Los Angeles. Having grown up there, I consider it to be a big city, but when I visit a city of 50,000 to 100,00 people, I think of it more as a "big town." Cheyenne, WY or Casper, WY would be good examples of this. I even think of Bakersfield more as a "big town" than a city, even though it has around 300,000 people in it.

I don't find most of these places to be overwhelming, but I do find some of the smaller suburbs of larger cities to be that way to some extent. Santa Clarita, CA has somewhere around 200,000 people and is much more overwhelming to me than Bakersfield at 1.5 times the population. I think it's because Bakersfield is much more spread out, so traffic and population density aren't as much of an issue.
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:08 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Not overwhelmed, but not happy either. I don't find cities overwhelming per se, I just don't like them.
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