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    How big is it? How far is the nearest big city? What makes it special? Are you planning to stay? Would you rather live somewhere else? Where? Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessed
    How big is it? How far is the nearest big city? What makes it special? Are you planning to stay? Would you rather live somewhere else? Where? Why?
    I live in a big city. I love big cities, because I grew up in one. I like the convenience (can live w/o car) and diversity and choice available in everything (I am very fussy).

    I've been thinking about living in a small town near the beach lately. My only requirement that it not have sprawl and that work/grocery store be within walking distance. I have lived in the country and in the suburbs and I found that those settings didn't work for me primarily because 1. I dislike the smell of any kind of manure and 2. I dislike driving too much (I like to drive once a year at most) as I can motion sick very easy. I also dislike wide open space and dislike Manhattan and Washington D.C., for that reason, but like Queens, NY.

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    I live in the country 3 miles south of a town of 2,500. It's my dream home. Omaha is 40 - 50 miles away. The town doesn't have a whole lot to offer, but it's a growing "bedroom" community. All the festivals have fizzled out. We still have our own schools and they are finishing up a $100,000,000 library addition.

    I grew up in Omaha, but I prefer it here. I'm NEVER leaving!

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    I live in the country, a little less than 10 miles from town. The town has around 1500 people and it's the county seat. Our county, which is pretty large ( area wise) only has 5 or 6 traffic lights. It's getting too big, lol. My dh who's a native of NYC, laughs at me when I complain about our town's growing population.

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    How big is it? Halifax has a population of over 375,000. However, it's actually much bigger than that. Halifax is on one side of a harbour, where as it's sister city, Dartmouth, is on the opposite side. Dartmouth is a bit smaller than Halifax, but relatively the same size.

    How far is the nearest big city? Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia, so I would guess that makes it the biggest city!

    What makes it special? For me, the fact that my mother, brother, uncle and his family, two aunts and their families, and of course are all up here (and my ex-husband is not!) make this a very special place. Plus it's got a very down-to-earth feeling without being country and a very metropolis feeling without being big and scary.

    Are you planning to stay? At least for a while, til I make better decisions about what I want to do with my life. I figure I'll be here for at least a few years. I wouldn't mind settling here in the city, I'm quite happy and comfortable here. It all depends on what I choose to make my living out of.

    Would you rather live somewhere else? At this time in my life, no.

    Why? I lived in a tiny country town for years and it was absolutely miserable. I've lived in the country too and wasn't overly impressed with that. I'm still a country woman, but I enjoy the busy and exciting life of the city. Then again, I'm only 24, so the glitz and glamour of life aren't lost on me yet. Wait til I'm a few years older and a lot more skeptical.

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    I am in Louisville which now since it merged is the 16th largest city in the country and is the largest in the state. I guess to me what makes it special is the fact that there is such a mixture of things here... we have farms, eclectic shops and a busling downtown all in the same city. I would like to move to a small town sometime soon.

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    I live just outside our small village (no traffic lights) of about 400 people on almost 5 acres on the Schoharie Creek. Closest shopping is a 25 min drive. The village has many older homes and a lovely Arboretum is a beautiful spot to tkae in our lovely Valley. Where I live is special because of the tranquility, water & wildlife.
    We've lived here about 12 years and will probably be moving when Dh retires in 3 years because he's always wanted a house with a view where you can see forever. I'll still need a water feature so I can watch my birds, lol. A big ole pond will do just fine.




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    we used to live just outside the city....then moved into it. Calgary Alberta - close to a million people.

    its only been a couple of months but its really nice.

    an older established neighborhood with big trees and all....not one of the newer cookie cutter neighborhoods with no trees. Lots of kids and families, there is an elementary school across the street but my girls will be going to the Catholic one a bit further down the street.

    its a nice community. our neighbors actually brought over a cake and welcome to the neighborhood card when we moved in. We say hi and wave and talk over the back fence too....

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    Boise is about 200,000 and we live south of *town*...so I never have really felt like we live in the city. I am not a city girl at all, and dh needs his space. We live in a small neighborhood of about 100 houses and we have just over 1/2 acre. It's quiet and yet, in just about 10-15 minutes we can be anywhere we want to go. Dh commutes about 15 minutes. Love it here, cannot imagine living anywhere else. Good university, several smaller schools, fantastic recreation, nice people and it is CLEAN! We have a ski resort, white rapid rafting, biking, hiking, walking trails, festivals, Saturday markets, art shows.....Seriously some of the best to offer in the NW. We are about 5-8 hours any direction from family. It's perfect for us. Both our girls live about 20minutes from us.(in opposite directions) We'll be staying put. Dh has had job offers in several other areas.....but we're not interested.

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    We live in a very small rural community about 15 minutes outside Moline. We are about 2000 now. We still have an independent school district, although I don't know for how long.
    This is an extremely active community. We have 6 churches, a grocery store, hardware store, pharmacy, a doctor, 2 chiros and a dentist. I found that surprising when I moved here. We have 2 nice parks, one is 2 blocks from my house.
    We bought the original home on our block built in 1912. All the orginal woodwork is here.
    It is nice to be in a small town and close to a large metropolitan area. It's the best of both worlds. Check us out.

    www.mainstreetorion.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessed
    How big is it? How far is the nearest big city? What makes it special? Are you planning to stay? Would you rather live somewhere else? Where? Why?
    We live on the outskirts of the city-- we're in a new development. A few years ago, our street was a corn field. We're definitely staying here- we built this house in 2004, and don't plan to move again until we're old and gray and moving to a retirement community.

    I believe our city population is around 38,000, but I'm not positive on that number. We're just ten minutes from Dayton, which is a city of roughly 170,000.

    We both grew up in a small town that's 15 minutes away. My parents still live there. It's nice to be that close, but still a little seperated.

    We like our city because we have all the stores and things that we need within a few minutes' drive, but, it's not a huge city with tons of crime and problems. I feel safe here. We're also just off of two major highways that take us nearly anywhere in Ohio that we want to go.
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    I live in Goldsboro, NC. This town is small and has been building around the Air Force base for years. We just moved here in September and we're really not crazy about it. We prefer bigger cities with more to do! We are only an hour away from the beach though, so that helps. However, I DO NOT intend to stay here forever

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    How big is it? Too big for me....Close to 50,000
    How far is the nearest big city? We are about an hour from Knoxville, TN
    What makes it special? I like it because I'm close to stores and things to do. they have a fun fest every summer thats neat.
    Are you planning to stay? My dh is... but I hope we move someday..lol
    Would you rather live somewhere else? I love our home and our neighborhood but I grew up in a small town on a farm and if I had my way thats where we would be now....my parents and siblings still live in my hometown and I go there often..... I love the country way of life but dh's job is here so for now this is where we will stay..

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    Tell us about your community <HR style="COLOR: #489ada" SIZE=1><!-- / icon and title --><!-- message -->How big is it? How far is the nearest big city? What makes it special? Are you planning to stay? Would you rather live somewhere else? Where? Why?

    not that big, and about 1 hour away form next big town, and city is across the bridge in N.B..
    everyones so sociable, and outgoing, very friendly. No, i lived in Ontario before and found too hectic for me, busy . Lots of work there, but not close enough to family.
    I wouldn't move, hubby said if te kids were older he would move to N.B. but I love it on the Island. Lots of scenery and u always know someone, and its very outgoing.
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    I live in the second largest city in New England (ok, maybe third - it seems like every other year or so Worcester, MA and Providence, RI switch places on the list). I actually enjoy living here very much - we have a lot of the "attractions" and "culture" of the big cities, but we're really not that big. We have an art museum, a science museum, an airport, etc.

    DH and I both grew up in small towns outside of Worcester, and that's where we're hoping to buy a house - in another small town outside of Worcester. I miss having a yard too much, and the car insurance rates here are nuts!

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