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 Posted: Thu Jun 5th, 2014 12:41 am
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I grew up in a community of 600 people. To get anything, you had to drive at least a half-hour to a small city.

I much prefer living in the suburbs where anything I need is 2-to-10 minutes away.



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 Posted: Thu Jun 5th, 2014 01:16 am
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HarryG wrote: I grew up in a community of 600 people. To get anything, you had to drive at least a half-hour to a small city.

I much prefer living in the suburbs where anything I need is 2-to-10 minutes away.

This is some what my experience.  Small town, about 1500 residents.  Basically 30 mins in any direction gets you to a cities with populations ranging from 50 000 to 200 000.  Also much like this example you had to go to these cities to get what you needed.

Now I live in one of these cities and the popular is probably close to 300 000.  I couldn't really live else where.  I don't think I could handle a Toronto or NYC type of city, and there is no way I am going back to the country or small towns with my family.

While I cherish the memories, and all that I had growing up, and the friendship I made, I still hold some disdain for those small town folk and their apparent inbred and clique-y attitudes.



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 Posted: Thu Jun 5th, 2014 07:40 am
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I grew up about 75 min south of NYC "down the shore". There are farms out here, and beaches, and urban areas, so a little of everything.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 5th, 2014 03:32 pm
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I've lived on both ends of spectrum : big city & rural country life. I loved & hated both for different reasons. Unless there is an exceptionally good reason, I don't think I'd ever live in either of those areas ever again. I now live in a town of 55,000+ with every other town next to me having equal or greater population centers (except north which becomes rural)

If I'm blessed with long life I'm going to sell everything & move near the ocean. I almost got caught up with idea of moving to Montauk, NY & fish my life away but when doing research I realized that its a dead zone for 5 months out of the year (less than 5,000 during cold months - swells to hundreds of thousands during warm months) so that axed plans for now but idea is still in my head

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Where I live is unique because it's a city of 100,000, but there isn't anything remotely close population-wise unless you drive 4 hours south to Duluth, MN (POP 85,000 or so). Aside from that, Winnipeg is 8 hours west and Sault Ste. Marie is 8 hours East (and the Sault is about the same size as Duluth, so it isn't big either).

As such, you get a big-city mentality in a burg that would be a no-name afterthought anywhere near a truly large North American city. We're "it" for the smaller towns all over Northwestern Ontario, and this is a city that you can drive from one end to the other in no more than 20 minutes even on a busy traffic day.

It's a pretty weird setup.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 6th, 2014 01:56 am
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khawk wrote: Where I live is unique because it's a city of 100,000, but there isn't anything remotely close population-wise unless you drive 4 hours south to Duluth, MN (POP 85,000 or so). Aside from that, Winnipeg is 8 hours west and Sault Ste. Marie is 8 hours East (and the Sault is about the same size as Duluth, so it isn't big either).

As such, you get a big-city mentality in a burg that would be a no-name afterthought anywhere near a truly large North American city. We're "it" for the smaller towns all over Northwestern Ontario, and this is a city that you can drive from one end to the other in no more than 20 minutes even on a busy traffic day.

It's a pretty weird setup.

Thunder Bay?



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 Posted: Fri Jun 6th, 2014 03:44 am
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 Posted: Fri Jun 6th, 2014 04:08 am
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Grew up mostly midwestern/Army Brat rural. My Mom was born and raised Iowa country girl and that was where we settled after my father finished his military career. High School in Iowa, undergrad in Wisconsin. West coast after that. Now I am not in thick of the LA shit, but get my share of fresh air and backyard/garden. Blessed indeed.



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I was born outside of Thunder Bay and lived most of my life in towns no bigger than 2000 people. I guess its the northern version of simple country folk.



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