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Where would you prefer to live?
Very Large City (10 million people or more) 9%  9%  [ 8 ]
Large City (3 million to ~9.9 million people) 15%  15%  [ 14 ]
Regular City (1 million to ~2.9 million people) 13%  13%  [ 12 ]
Small City (200,000 to 999,999 people) 10%  10%  [ 9 ]
Large Town (100,000 to 199,999 people) 4%  4%  [ 4 ]
Regular Town (40,000 to 99,999 people) 5%  5%  [ 5 ]
Small Town (20,000 to 39,999 people) 9%  9%  [ 8 ]
Village (less than 20,000 people) 11%  11%  [ 10 ]
Rural Area 24%  24%  [ 22 ]
Total votes : 92

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02 May 2009, 6:46 am

I live in a town of some 200 people.

I hate the people, to go shopping for groceries you need to go to a different town, to buy anything other than groceries you have to go to a town that is even further away. The location isn't bad, it's just too small. The town "even further away" is in the same area, but has just the right size (1000-2000 people, maybe?). I'd much rather live there.



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02 May 2009, 7:11 am

200 people? :O
thats like... you can recognize EVERYONE in that town? and EVERYONE knows you? that must be a nightmare :S

the smallest town i lived in, was two weeks in Grong (hehe, awesome name right?) of 2500 people, even here, "everyone knows everyone" altho i didnt stay for long enough to know anybody at all.
in fact, i probably scared some people, by sitting on a bench, in the dark, along a long forest road, smoking a splif, talking on my phone :D

they stopped, and stared at me, the stranger, and didnt walk on, untill i went "just a sec, some people are staring at me like they never saw a stranger before... " on the phone. aw, small places are so charming :]


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02 May 2009, 7:17 am

I grew up in Houston Tx..i have lived here my whole life, save for a brief attempt at living in New Orleans. The size of Houston does not bother me..there are just parts of Houston that I never see, and the neighborhoods are kinda like towns. Houston sprawls out in all directions. I rarely leave the inner loop of the city and I ride my bike everywhere. I would not mind living in a sufficiently artsy, unpretentious low cost of living small town if I had a reason to move there, but I don't know. i have gotten teased by old friends for never having left here.



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02 May 2009, 7:35 am

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I grew up in Houston Tx..i have lived here my whole life, save for a brief attempt at living in New Orleans. The size of Houston does not bother me..there are just parts of Houston that I never see, and the neighborhoods are kinda like towns. Houston sprawls out in all directions. I rarely leave the inner loop of the city and I ride my bike everywhere. I would not mind living in a sufficiently artsy, unpretentious low cost of living small town if I had a reason to move there, but I don't know. i have gotten teased by old friends for never having left here.


i quickly learned that about big cities, when i started to get to know valencia, the home of my spanish family.
the city may be big, but people will usually stick to their neighborhood, as most neighborhoods will have local shops, restaurants, etc. myself i stick to the neighborhood of campanar 95% of the time, except when my dad drags me off to the inner city, to "explore"
(yeah, boiling hot sun, lots of smog, and thousands upon thousands of people. nice exploring, dad. can we go back now?)


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02 May 2009, 7:45 am

Big cities are definitely my kind of environment. I voted large city, but a regular city or very big city would be just as suitable.

I love the anonymity, the fact that nobody gives you a second look, people are to busy to talk to you (even if you live right beside them), there's less chance of running into somebody you know and sitting on your own in a cafe/park/wherever isn't seen as strange. Oh, and then there's the chance for people watching! I also like the constant hustle and bustle and the idea that 'the city never sleeps'. More to do and always somewhere to go at any hour.

Small towns are hellish. And I wouldn't even want to imagine what it would be like stuck in a village.


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02 May 2009, 8:18 am

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I love living in the city - everything I *need* is in walking distance - but it is also no trouble to get in the car & drive a few miles for what I *want.*


I do prefer big cities too - Everything I need is within a walking distance and the most I want too - the rest is easily reachable via public transport or via cycling.



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02 May 2009, 8:25 am

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I love the anonymity, the fact that nobody gives you a second look, people are to busy to talk to you (even if you live right beside them), there's less chance of running into somebody you know and sitting on your own in a cafe/park/wherever isn't seen as strange. Oh, and then there's the chance for people watching! I also like the constant hustle and bustle and the idea that 'the city never sleeps'. More to do and always somewhere to go at any hour.

Small towns are hellish. And I wouldn't even want to imagine what it would be like stuck in a village.


I grow up in the country side in small village: The supervision of village community was tremendous: Everyone knows everything from everyone. Going to the village shop, the butcher, the baker, the post office or one of the three pubs and were well informed regarding the newest gossip. That can be fine if live and behave according to the village standards - it even provides you with an extra social network; if you do not confirm to this standards, this could turn easily into hell.

Being a person very much for my own, I do not prefer to play the role of the village eccentric (or idiot) and I am happy that I left this place quite early.



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02 May 2009, 9:53 am

Where is the "I am legend" - Very Large City (0 people or less) choise?

I currently live in a town with 100K people in it. I have lived in a small town and it sucked because it had no stores or anything and you had to take a bus to another town to be able to buy things. Only restaurants in town was a pizza place.

I prefer big cities (even if they have too many people in them) because of all the fun things you can do. There are sidestreets that one can take to get away from people..


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02 May 2009, 9:55 am

Dussel wrote:
nothingunusual wrote:
I love the anonymity, the fact that nobody gives you a second look, people are to busy to talk to you (even if you live right beside them), there's less chance of running into somebody you know and sitting on your own in a cafe/park/wherever isn't seen as strange. Oh, and then there's the chance for people watching! I also like the constant hustle and bustle and the idea that 'the city never sleeps'. More to do and always somewhere to go at any hour.

Small towns are hellish. And I wouldn't even want to imagine what it would be like stuck in a village.


I grow up in the country side in small village: The supervision of village community was tremendous: Everyone knows everything from everyone. Going to the village shop, the butcher, the baker, the post office or one of the three pubs and were well informed regarding the newest gossip. That can be fine if live and behave according to the village standards - it even provides you with an extra social network; if you do not confirm to this standards, this could turn easily into hell.

Being a person very much for my own, I do not prefer to play the role of the village eccentric (or idiot) and I am happy that I left this place quite early.


Even living in a small town, within a small street I felt like like some sort of local oddity. It's amazing how quickly words spread about the strange person who keeps to themselves. It's nearly as if small communities are offended by someone who doesn't conform to their standard of normality - Like it's some act of rebellion, shunning the group and refusing to be part of the herd. And of course, the more they pry, the more we withdraw and go our own way. I also think we can produce an element of unease and wariness among small communities, due to people's unfounded fear of loner types and so-called oddballs.


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02 May 2009, 1:16 pm

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200 people? :O
thats like... you can recognize EVERYONE in that town? and EVERYONE knows you? that must be a nightmare :S

the smallest town i lived in, was two weeks in Grong (hehe, awesome name right?) of 2500 people, even here, "everyone knows everyone" altho i didnt stay for long enough to know anybody at all.
in fact, i probably scared some people, by sitting on a bench, in the dark, along a long forest road, smoking a splif, talking on my phone :D

they stopped, and stared at me, the stranger, and didnt walk on, untill i went "just a sec, some people are staring at me like they never saw a stranger before... " on the phone. aw, small places are so charming :]


Oh no, I can recognise no more than ten people in town. I don't really mingle with them. I think they know each other quite well, though.



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02 May 2009, 3:03 pm

I find college towns quite comfortable. The large floating population provides a certain level of anonymity unavailable in an ordinary small town. Interesting people, decent range of resources. Less sensory overload than big cities.



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02 May 2009, 4:29 pm

AnnaLemma wrote:
Amicitia wrote:
I live in a "small town" near a "large city". I hate it. I'd rather live somewhere much smaller.


Hmmm... I live in a small town near a large metro area and I love it! I really don't need to leave my comfortable little world, but if I need something rather specialized, I have lots of resources fairly nearby to get this. I live minutes from a National Forest and two wildernesses when I want to disappear, am probably about forty minutes each from the desert and the ocean, but not too far from big theaters. Real public transportation now reaches this far and I can ride my bike to the train. I am a true child of the suburbs--not at home in big city, but not comfortable with the lack of resources in rural areas.


There is no wilderness near me. There's nowhere to escape to. :(

I went to a small college with no town to speak of. It was fantastic, although I saw that if I managed to make an enemy, it would be impossible to avoid them.



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02 May 2009, 4:59 pm

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A picture of the city I like best: Amsterdam. I didn't take the photo myself. I just thought it was a good looking aereal photograph of THE city. The city itself is quite small, between 700,000 and 800,000. It has just the right size and everything (almost that is) is woithin walking distance: theaters, museum, night life etc. The region of Greater Amsterdam has app. 2 million residents. I live in a small town (75,000) which now has almost become a suburb in its own right, 30 min. from Amsterdam's city center.



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02 May 2009, 5:05 pm

Give me a small town any day, with nearby forests. I hate the urban jungle and the glaring desert landscape.


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02 May 2009, 6:31 pm

I said " Large City " just to say something . I don't know , a part of me wants to be in New York City...1973-1983 ! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! I guess S. F. is not quite " large " , population-wise ?????