(Closed) What do you consider a "small town"?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What do you consider a "small town"?

    Under 1000 people

    Under 5000 people

    Under 10,000 people

    Under 25,000 people

    Under 50,000 people

    Under 100,000 people

  • Post # 32
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Australia is unique too, cause some small towns are not only really small ie blink and you miss them when you drive past, but they can be 1000s of km away from the next town, this is why we have the Flying doctor service. case and point Oodnadatta

    http://maps.google.com.au/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

    where my Grandma grew up has a population of 277 people is 200km (125 miles) from the nearest town with a few shops or (4 hours due to bad roads) and 1000km (620miles) or 14 hours from the nearest major city Adelaide.

    woops link didn’t work if you google Oodnadatta in google maps and then the nearest town with any decent shops ie a supermarket is Coober Peedy.

     

     

    Post # 33
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    @abbyful:  100 miles! Eesh! That was the benefit of my small town – it was teeny tiny, but we were only a half hour drive to Targets/malls/etc, and 45/hour from a major city.

    Post # 35
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

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    @YSQueen:  You just explained exactly what I was trying to get at with why straight population doesn’t matter so much as the feel/environment.

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    @abbyful:  and 
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    @StL.Ashley:  Dang!  That is small!

    Post # 36
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

    I think it is totally relative.  I’m from NYC and growing up, I felt like the NYC suburbs were small towns because they were suburban and some of the public schools have graduating classes of less than 150.  I guess there are small towns and there are SMALL towns :). I also feel like I know my neighborhoods, and certain stores and restaurants know me and my order, and it makes my neighborhood feel “small town” if you classify that as being where everyone knows your name! But it’s all relative for sure! (Except when it’s not relative:

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    @StL.Ashley:  that is a small town by any standard I think!).

    Post # 37
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    Newbee

    I’d say if your town has one stoplight or fewer and if the most politically important person is the coach of any of the high school sports teams, it qualifies as small!

    Post # 38
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    Bumble bee

    Anything under 10,000 is a small town too me. I live in a town of 80,000 currently and that is a comfortable size in my opinion, lots of subdivisions, but almost tons of farmland. We had two highschools, one and each side of town, my grad class was almost 500 students in 2006, they have now opened a third highschool to make the grades a bit smaller. My Mother-In-Law is from a town of 400 in Saskatchewan.

    Post # 39
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I had to think about the places I’ve lived to answer this questions.  I studied abroad in a small city in the Netherlands that for me personally was right on that cutoff of being a small town, (not quite, but almost).  I just looked up it’s population and it’s 117,000 or so.  So I guess for me the answer is 100,000 or less would be a small town.  

    A few weeks a ago I visited a “town” in Normandy, France that had a population of 2500-3000.  That didn’t even feel like a town to me.  I discribed it to people as a village.

    Then again all the places I’ve ever lived for extended periods of time were over 1M in population.  

    Post # 40
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I voted under 1000 since I feel like it should be one of those “everyone knows everyone” places (Stars Hollow, anyone?). I always thought I lived in a small town growing up–their 2010 population was 2000. I graduated with about 250-300 people in my class (2004), BUT we had a HUGE district that went into neighboring towns/cities (very desirable school system). 

    Post # 41
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    If it’s too small to have a post office (prior to all the closings the USPS did/is doing), it’s a small town. My mom’s hometown is like that. 🙂

    Post # 42
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I have no clue. Even the concept of one city ending and there being vast stretches that are not a certain city but aren’t considered like national parks, is a little weird to me. But then I’ve lived my whole life in Los Angeles where there’s one city right up against another and nobody knows how many people are in each city because who cares, it’s just one huge gigantic city and the only reason it matters is because of your address and trash day.

    lol, that’s a bit ranty

    Post # 43
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    Honey bee

    I don’t know. I’m a big city girl. I don’t think I’ve ever lived in a place with less than a million people. So in the poll, I chose than anything less than 100,000 is a small town to me. 

    Post # 44
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Any place where there are only 1-3 high schools.

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