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Old 10-16-2013, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri (for now)
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I was born, and lived in Chanute, KS for 17 years of my life. (Moved to Missouri in 2009)

From my experience...it has changed for the worse. A lot of chains have left (Taco Bell, KFC, Burger King, IGA and so on)

Not exactly the best area for jobs either; poverty is extremely high. sure homes are dirt cheap along with renting but you better have an existing job offer if you come to that town.

I have not seen a farmers market (that I remember or know of)

Sales tax has increased ( I think its 9.55% now) in order to pay for the new high school they built in 07-08, new elementary school.

You're better off going to Parsons or even Pittsburg if you're coming to SEK.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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....You're better off going to Parsons or even Pittsburg if you're coming to SEK.
Just out of curiousity, what do you think of Independence?
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri (for now)
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Just out of curiousity, what do you think of Independence?
Independence, KS is the same size as Parsons (maybe a little bigger or smaller). For a small little town of that size, there is the amentities that will take care of the basics. (Walmart, Dollar General, Walgreens, JCPenney, etc) It's a quaint little town from what I remember (I've passed through it once) But like with any small, rural town. They will seem nice and quaint on the outside, and Either the townspeople will embrace you or not embrace you, Of course there are gossipers but, if you're just wanting to relocate to a small little town,don't really care about the amentities. I will add Independence to my list of places to move to in SEK.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:48 PM
 
Location: back to Texas soon!
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Pittsburg is an awesome town! Great university, small enough to feel safe but lots to do. Not sure what the jobs are like, it's been 20 yrs since I graduated but I've often thought of moving back to raise my young family.
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Independence, KS is the same size as Parsons (maybe a little bigger or smaller). For a small little town of that size, there is the amentities that will take care of the basics. (Walmart, Dollar General, Walgreens, JCPenney, etc) It's a quaint little town from what I remember (I've passed through it once) But like with any small, rural town. They will seem nice and quaint on the outside, and Either the townspeople will embrace you or not embrace you, Of course there are gossipers but, if you're just wanting to relocate to a small little town,don't really care about the amentities. I will add Independence to my list of places to move to in SEK.
JCPenney closed shortly after Walmart came to town, over a decade ago, but Sears is still open and the relatively new Walgreens is in the downtown area, as is the new Braum's.

Independence is among the best, if not the best, of the several larger towns in southeast Kansas, at least from my experience. I'm mostly thinking in terms of charm and the fact the downtown is still intact and the center of the community, but there are also several major employers in and around Independence, plus it has the zoo and I do believe the nicest park (developed by George Kessler, who developed KCMO's parks and boulevards). It doesn't hurt that Indy (nickname) is the county seat.
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