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5 Reasons Why I live in a Small Town

Updated on September 27, 2012

The benefits of living in a small town

A couple of days ago I was at a local park with my children; one of my friends lives across the street and she walked over to talk. She informed me that she lost her mother only three weeks earlier and how her son was having a hard time. My heart broke for her as she struggled to talk about the difficult time her family was having, but the first thing she mentioned was the amount of support she received. People whom she had never met came in droves to the funeral to show love for her mother. They brought meals to her home, sent flowers and cards, and she received phone calls from people who wanted her to know that they cared.

Living in a small town is like having a large family

It wasn't too long ago that I experience the loss of my first child when he was stillborn. The house was filled with flowers and this small community also came together to provide meals for my family for over a month; it was simply amazing. It isn't only a tragedy that brings people together, but there is something magical about living in a small town that makes you feel a part of something bigger, and it gives you the feeling of playing a larger role.

Forget the fact that small towns and communities know every piece of everyone's business and it can be a little annoying. Especially if you lose your job or you go through a divorce, the whole town will know, and yes, most likely you will be talked about in the grocery store checkout line, but it’s just a small price to pay for being a part of a big family.


These are five reasons that I will always live in a small town.

1. I want my kids to be raised in a small town. Most people I encounter on a day to day basis know me, or my mother, or one of my siblings. If they don't, they know someone who does. I know most of their children, their fathers all work together, which in turn leads to the parents all looking out for each other's kids. My children are growing up with my peers' children. My daughter started kindergarten this year and I know over half of the kids parents in the class. There is a comfort in this, that I don't think you can find anywhere else.

2. You don't EVER pay for parking. I can't think of one place in our town that charges for parking.

3. No commute, no matter where you go. Take the kids to school, go to the grocery store or go to work. It doesn't matter which direction you go, the longest commute is between 10 and 15 minutes.

4. If you fall on hard times, you will find support. As mentioned above, people do care and when they know you (even if just through someone else), they will show it.

5. Everyone plays an important part. The community needs you, and it’s always nice to feel needed. The town meeting consists of people from every walk of life coming together to make a difference.

It Doesn't Work for Everyone

Not everyone feels happy and comfortable living in a small town where you often can't just 'blend in', and life moves at a faster pace. However, for me, I wouldn't have it any other way.


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      chikn 5 years ago

      no i cannot agree. i'm from astoria, queens and have lived in columbus,oh for most of my life (i'm now 42). there is surely a great amount of anonymity in a big city - surely a sense of alienation at times. there's a singularith that might make you forget you are part of the world even though there are pockets of people you know here and there tucked into the corners. and driving, even just living a daily life will likely cause you aggravation at the closeness of those you don't know. the pace can be frantic, giving you a chronic fit of unease. but there are the neighborhoods - i knew everyone in mine when i was growing up and believe me, this was a village raising children. locally the community knows you, knows your family, knows more of your business than you may like. there is a family feel in the city as well.

      recently i moved about 30 miles outside the city into a small town. now i am admittedly not a country girl really, but the place is beautiful. oh, there is a connection with the rhythm of nature here and space and i have slept with the front door wide open. but these people are suspicious of me. i am the unknown. at least 5 times a day there is a large discussion about me within 50 feet of me. not welcoming and very unsettling. i am an outgoing and loving person. i am also generally optimistic.

      but i hate this place so far. it's been 9 months and i hate it. i've met the most racist and insular people ever just next door. i have been accosted by protestants on several occasions. there is nothing to do if you're not raising a family. every frickin thing here is family - friendly. there are festivals and craft get-togethers. i'm open. even the nightlife is scary - most of the people i meet are nice enough but pretty predictable.

      so this is my challenge. the other day when i was in columbus for some work, i stopped at a store and had the best 20 minutes of convo i've had since i moved. i miss the bonhomie of people who are different.

      but i will persevere for a bit and see if time will open some doors for me. sigh. i hope.

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      Mandeeadair 5 years ago from California

      Thanks! It is where I love to be and of course raise my kids. :)

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      singhrakeshs 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Great hub!!! I agree with you ideas. Small town always benefits to living with family. thanks for sharing you ideas..Again Great hub,,,

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Small town living has major benefits!

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      shogan 6 years ago from New England

      I live in a small town, too, Mandeeadair, and I really agree with the idea that it's like an extended family. Everyone knows everyone, which could be taken as a bad thing, but in reality, it feels quite comforting. Nice hub!

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      Ashantina 6 years ago

      hmm, this gives me food for thought as to my future choice of migration. Sounds like a great lifestyle Mandeeadair :)

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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      I too live in a small town once again after living for 7 years in a big city. Since I no longer have to commute to a job I love it. A lot less crime, my scanner is so quiet at night compared to going off every few seconds in a large city. I raised my kids in a small town and felt it was much safer too. Good hub.

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      I agree small places are good to live in.

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      JLClose 6 years ago from OreGONE

      Great hub! You're making me like where we live more and more... :0)