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post #1 of 14 Old 09-22-2009, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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What is it like to live somewhere small townish?

So I was wondering if people could share their experiences living in smallish towns.

I'm looking to move to a smallish (20,000 people) town in Australia next year (Armidale) but I have never lived anywhere smaller than 120,000 and they seem to different. I really like the idea of getting away from it all but I would like to hear about other peoples experience.

Would people recommend it? Is there a communityness or is that just in the movies? I've never had a community or a family type thing - I always wished I did though.
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-22-2009, 08:33 AM
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I'm sure every area is different but the small town we live in SUCKS!!!! its prodomently military (nothing wrong with that) but the citizens that aren't military are very rude and it is a very poor area. No Southern hospitality in this area! the people basically resent the military and I dont understand why the military is the only reason that town even exists! there is nothing around the area to do there are no jobs ( I commute an hr and 10 mins with no traffic each way for work) if you want to go shopping your only choices are Walmart the malls are an hr away! this small town is very sad.

I came from a smaller town where I grew up and loved it so each area is different!
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-22-2009, 08:33 AM
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I Live In A Large Twn In Ireland But I Guess Its Small Compared To What Your Used To! I Havent A Clue How Many People Live There But Its deffintly Less Than 120000! I Love Living In The Town
I Live A 10 Min Walk From The Town Centre! Everythings Closed To Were I Live Its Perfect

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post #4 of 14 Old 09-22-2009, 09:41 AM
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I live in a very small town (approx 2500 pop.)
The pros:
Good Schools that are not crowded or filled with gangs. 1 High School, 1 Middle School and 1 Elementary
Minutes to anywhere even if walking
I work about 1 mile from where I live
No fighting rush hour traffic

Poor choices of places to eat out
Only 1 grocery store
Good paying jobs are non-existent
Nothing for kids to do outside school activities.
To go shopping it's either drive at the very least 12 miles to walmart & department stores or over an hour to a mall

All in all I like it here I hate driving in a lot of traffic, especially in the winter when the roads are bad. I like knowing that where my kids go to school they can learn instead of worrying about gang fights. The one thing I do wish was different is the job market, it's either fast food places or convenient stores unless you are a teacher or work in heavy machinery.

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post #5 of 14 Old 09-22-2009, 09:48 AM
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LOL! 20,000 is large compared to the small towns I've lived in. The town I grew up in was around 8,000 ( not much larger today) and the town I've lived in for the past 21 years is around the same size population wise.

I love it. People here are friendly but not in your business. If you need help they are there without having to ask. Just recently a dairy farmer dropped off some wonderful sugar and gold corn for us to enjoy and had his son drop off a round bale of hay for my horses. Just because, no other reason. If we need fertilizer for the garden, he'll drop off a tractor bucket load.

I love running to the general store and bump into neighbors and friends. Most times we only wave to each other in passing on the road, since we're all very busy running to work or whatever place we need to be.

When my children were young I enjoyed volunteering at the schools when I could get time off from work. Got to know the teachers and other parents/children.

There is a deep sense of family and community pride here. People always volunteer to help with whatever needs to be done in the town. And have a ball doing so (who says you can't have fun and work at the same time).

Of course the down side is , do something stupid and people will remember it for ever. But then I figure I'm good for entertainment so who cares!
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post #6 of 14 Old 09-22-2009, 10:04 AM
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I have lived in our little town off and on for about 15 years. I didn't grow up here but its as close to home as I've gotten since moving to Kansas. It has a smallish university and a community college, so its sort of a college town. I've always loved it here. Its a progressive thinking fun place to live. The population floats around the 12,000 range so its not too big not too little.
We live about 8 miles out and we don't go into town much. It has pretty much everything we need though, so I don't feel the need to go to Wichita which is the closest larger (360,000 population) city to us.
I had to go to the court house to get some stuff done last week. Every person I passed on street while walking there said "Hi"

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post #7 of 14 Old 09-22-2009, 12:08 PM
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Holy crap, ya'll are from some big towns. The town I grew up in had a population of about 400 people. Everybody knew everybody and for the most part, everybody was friendly. It was a good place to grow up because I could go out alone at all times of the night and didn't have to worry about being kidnapped or anything like that. It was a good place to feel safe. On the other hand, the closest grocery store was 25 miles, Wal-mart was 45 miles, the closest mall was 125 miles, there was NOWHERE good to eat. What we had was Perk's; which is the local restaurant, gas station, grocery store, deli, liquor store, pharmacy (asprin and peroxide), and anything else we may have felt the urge to pay double the price for to keep from driving.

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post #8 of 14 Old 09-22-2009, 03:40 PM
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I live in a pretty small town (around 5,700 people) and have lived in a bigger city (around 54,800 people... yea, here it's a pretty big) so I can tell some things I've noticed.

I think one of the most significant things is a sense of community. What I've experienced in a small town the community spirit is often high when 'everybody knows everybody'. Like my mom who has worked at the nursing home and works at the daycare of our municipality at the moment. I'd say she knows most of people in that small town. Just my opinion but I think the tolerance of diffence can be lower in a small town and when you move to the town from outside it can cause problems if you 'don't get in'. On the other hand the the common spirit can really support you when you've once got in. You're not just only one detached part in a huge city.

In my opinion the small town is an ideal place to live for somebody who loves his own room and calm, not so going life. If you're very hectic and going person who needs a lot of different activities it isn't perhaps the best place for you. The other thing is communication. Depends a lot of a location of the town but I've noticed distances in a small town/between the town and the next bigger city can be longish and that's why it could be good if you had a driving licence and a car. It makes things easier, especially when you usually have to eg run most of you"exraordinary" errands in a bigger city.

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post #9 of 14 Old 09-23-2009, 08:44 AM
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I live in a town about 10k people not to small. I was smaller when I was younger though. But I live about 10 mins outside the town. I like it, it just seems so much more relax, I knew most of the town like the back of my hand, so when everyone was stuck in traffic I would just avoid it. I know have about an hour commute for university but I really don't mind it. the only thing was there isn't a lot of city activities movie theaters,fancy restauraunts compared to a big city.

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post #10 of 14 Old 09-23-2009, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Its a big decision, before where I live now, Dunedin (Pop 120,000) I lived in Canberra (Pop 350,000) and before that, like the middle of Sydney (Pop like 4 million).

Its so impersonal living somewhere big, I feel. Its like everything and everyone is always in transit. In Sydney I could walk down George st at 3am on a Monday or Tuesday and go to a bakery for coffee - I find that sort of surreal. Now that I have a real choice to choose where I want to go and where I want to live the more I feel I want to go somewhere smaller, maybe where I can meet some people that are grounded a little. But maybe everyone is the same.

I don't really care for going out clubbing much, and I am vegan so I don't do many restaurants, I think maybe Armidale (while not being very small - but for me it is) might be nice. I don't feel i've ever met 'real' people.
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