If you crave small town life the way that Norman Rockwell imagined, then pack up and head for these unassuming idylls scattered across the country. A list of the top ten best small towns in America has been compiled by analyzing the size of population, income, crime levels, house prices and number of parks and gardens. The perfect spots are dotted from coast to coast, reaching from the Pacific Northwest to the Rockie Mountains, the Heartland and up the Atlantic Coast. The town of Sharon Massachusetts comes in first place, according to a survey by CNNMoney. Number One: SHARON, MASSACHUSSETS
Those of us who live in truly small towns (mine is under 1,800), these top 10 seem like good-sized cities -- too crowded for my taste. I like sitting on my patio and watching deer sauntering across the field.
I also have to laugh at them calling some of these small towns...many of them are suburbs of big cities.
#1 - I´m sorry you cannot live near me. My dream is to have a home in the middle of 500 acres off a little dirt road that runs off a slightly bigger paved road that runs off a little 2-lane highway in the middle of nowhere.
Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above/Don´t fence me in/Let me ride through the wide open country that I love/Don´t fence me in...
We live in a small town in Northern California. Population is 1,100. We have no stop lights. Closest light is 60 miles away. We have a health clinic, super market, pizza joint, coffee shop, schools, a river flowing thru town, streams and lakes everywhere, hunting, fishing, parks,..... all you need. Best part is it is very Conservative. I wouldn´t trade this place for any of the so called top ten.
With greater use of technology, I hope that Americans can continue to disperse throughout this nation, as they choose. I hope that centralized big commerce areas, big cities, grow less influential every day. The more we disperse, the harder we are to control. Plus, the peace and quiet of smaller towns is so nice.
If we all had the same priorities and tastes, we´d all be driving the same model car, #1. If you like city life: go for it. As for me, I like to live about 35-45 minutes outside of a city. I go into town to do whatever I must, then I get the hell out and go home.
In a similar fashion to what others have said, West Goshen, Pa is adjacent to West Chester, Pa (a small city). If you do not see the signs marking the city limits you would not know when you left West Chester and entered West Goshen (or vice versa). The same thing continues as you head east until you end up in Philadelphia. There is no real divide between any of the towns between West Chester and Philadelphia (and very little to distinguish them to an outsider).
I´m not going to tell anyone where I live because someone will want to ruin it. The biggest city is four hours away and I´ve been there twice in twelve years. As I get older I want less and less contact with people so eventually this small town might become too ´rambling´ for me.
This list is suspect from the gitgo. No town rated Number One could possibly be situate in the People´s Commonwealth of Taxachusetts. And not one entry from the Lone Star State. Definitely a bogus list.
I spent 1955 through 1970 in Rockford, IL. It was idyllic. Until 1982 I lived in the Chicago suburbs, then the (then) farthest west street in Albuquerque, NM, then NYC, and now NOVA. I´ve loved them all. But when I retire it will be to a truly small town, hopefully smaller than any in this article.
I recently moved to a town in Southwest Pennsylvania (I married into this community). Population--88. We have a post office and a general store, where you can buy anything from feed to bottled water to farming tools and equipment. The general store even has a book exchange, so I guess it serves as our library. The nearest "real" town is 15 miles away, and its population is a little over 4,000. It´s beautiful out here, but when you leave, you better do all of your errands (get gas, go to a real grocery store, etc.).
Chanhassen, Minnesota is about 12 miles from downtown Minneapolis. I use to live in Golden Valley which is closer and you could not tell there was a city nearby. Most suburbs are like this.
The closer I get to a city the worst I feel as it becomes too crowded. I use to live & work near North Minneapolis (just 2 miles from downtown) and it was a scary place some 25 years ago and it has gone downhill from there.
Check out zillow or hotpads.com and search on foreclosures. There are so many red dots.
My location suits me perfectly. And I´m not recruiting anybody to come here. So often people come here and decide they need to enlighten us yokels and do their best to make us as much like the hell hole they came from before moving on to some other nice peaceful place to do the same.
Enjoy the small towns while you are young, but when retiring consider a larger town or small city with a hospital nearby. Your proximity to doctors and specialists, shopping etc. will become very important. Maintaining acreage becomes too difficult. Even YOU may need home services to stay independent, driving may become difficult. Consider the whole picture. Most of the listed towns are in high tax States.
I´ve lived in big cities and small towns both. The cities are ok because you only have to go a block or so from where you live and you are completely anonymous. Just another face in the crowd. Sadly, the criminals know that too and everyone is suspicious of everyone else. I live in a small town now, in a free state. My town´s population is about 100 or so, median age is abut 60. Cows outnumber people 4 to 1. You never see a cop unless one is called, then he is an hour or two away. The neighbors plow the roads with their tractors because the state road guys rarely get out here. Everyone knows I carry a gun and it is a non-issue. Many f them do, too. The nearest town with stores is 8 miles and the nearest city 30 miles. I miss the easy access to everything the city provides, and I miss meeting new people, but I dont miss the taxes, the crime, the restrictive laws and the rudeness. In the balance the small towns work better for me.
No way would I ever live in the south or east. Colorado is the fartherest that I would go to the east. I have lived all over the place and California is the best. The small town we retired to was perfect and close - hour drive - to either the ocean or the mountins. However, everyone has their favorites, and the gov of CA has ruined it.
When we moved to our town in 2007 there were under 10000 people living here. Now 6 yrs later we are pushing 20000. A lot of people from northern states have relocated for jobs and weather and lower taxes. They vote democrat and don´t care about higher taxes, which seem reasonable compared to where they come from. I am just glad we don´t get mentioned in any of these articles because it is bad enough now.
We spent four years looking for the promised land, and found it quite by accident, as did most of the newcomers (less than four generations) in our historic little slice of waterfront paradise. We have 4999 neighbors, our beautiful little church is over 300 years old, the shoe store sells my brands, the hardware store guys know my name, and so do the five town cops, who wave cheerily as they go by. Much municipal business is transacted at the coffee shop. I rarely lock my front door, and WalMart is 45 minutes away.The university-owned hospital is three minutes away. It is an idyllic site with a glorious view, peaceful folk and wildlife. Best of all, the journalists who make up these silly lists will never find it, because it is cleverly concealed in the swamps of the hopelessly unfashionable South.
I live in Lamar County, Mississippi about 9 miles West of Hattiesburg. We are 90 miles from New Orleans and an equal distance from Mobile, Alabama. The "coast" is 80 miles South and we can be in Atlanta in less than 5 hours. We love it here and would invite all our LDot family to consider South Mississippi as an ideal retirement location.....
Everyone contemplating a move should do a little more investigation before they hop to these cities. All the photos, you´ll notice, were taken in the spring. Many of the cities are covered in snow and cold much of the year.
But most importantly you have to live among LIBERALS which means high taxes and idiotic local governing. But that´s great. I live in the fastest growing small town in the country. Not happy about that. So move to those cities. Stay away from Texas. If you´re liberal stay away! Just because you foul your own nest don´t bring your destruction here. Really, snow is good!
The bigger the burg, the bigger the local government. And jus what do bigger governments like to do? Yep, that´s right. Now if you don´t want your little slice of paradise turning Dem-blue and deciding to give away your hard earned money to their special causes, then don´t brag about how great you have it. You´ll only end up attracting a passel of progressive busy bodies hell bent on redistributing your property.
Right, some of these places are ´burbs of big cities.... Bad list if you ask me! Small towns are defined as a town/village of between 1-10,000 people with several corn/bean/sugarcane/etc. fields all around. Places where flags are put out every holiday and they have their CHRISTMAS parade...... Places where the one of the biggest employers in town is the Co-Op or John Deere dealer.......Places where the biggest make out spot in the county is somewhere in or near one of the crop fields mentioned above. Places where the annual 4H Fair is a BIG DEAL...... If you mention the courthouse as a location for landmark purposes... you grew up in a small town. And if they recently got cell phone service... You know by now. This list goes on and on. One final thing, small towns gave the world many MANY famous and important Americans, such as Ronald Reagan, Neil Armstrong, and George Washington Carver. This list is bogus.... Give me a list of REAL small towns and I will show you the real America.
as #6 intimates.. and #20 states.. Chanhassen is a SUBURB.. it is not a "small town".. thirty years ago it was cornfields.. the oldest building I know of is an office building that was put up in 1982.. it is all new houses, condos and a big shopping center anchored by Target.. CHASKA, neighboring Chanhassen on the south side, is a REAL old river town and really IS a neat place.. around 150 years old..
I have never lived in a city. For three years of exile, I lived in Chula Vista, CA, which at the time was a nice small town. But, Texas is home. For most of my life, I have lived on a ranch which is two hours from the nearest very small town and several hours from a city (does San Angelo count?). Now, I live in a rural area with both Dallas and Fort Worth within each driving distance. I cannot imagine having a neighbor´s windows next to my own, much less a shared apartment wall. As the earlier poster said, to each his own, but I´ll take the wide open spaces.
nah, #37, they know where to find me. The police here are good guys and gals, more interested in keeping the peace in as friendly and efficient a way as possible, than in lurking in the bushes nabbing minor traffic violators with out-of-state tags. Can you tell I really like my adopted home town? It is beautiful. Newcomers are welcome, but bring some good jobs with you, eh?
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