Small Town Living

I ♥ Tiny Town.

Good thing, because tomorrow morning a news reporter will be on my doorstep to interview us about why we left the suburbs, good paying jobs, and the convenience of the city to move “to the middle of nowhere.”  Seems we were volunteered to be spokespersons for a new Tiny Town commercial!  Here’s what I might rave about.

  1. This is the cleanest little town I’ve ever seen. Lots of small towns get neglected.  Not us.  Very nice.
  2. We can walk everywhere we need to go in town. From one end of town to the other might be 8 blocks or so.
  3. Our home is nearly twice as big, and it cost us about 60% of what we sold for in the suburbs.
  4. Our yard is huge: 3 city lots.  Yay for garden space!  (and baseball space… and football space…)football3
  5. The people here are amazing. Nothing else matters if you’re surrounded by quality people.  Some of Lance’s students are truly like family.  They take good care of us.
  6. My daughter is one of 14 students in her class, and hers is one of the biggest classes.  Excellent teacher/student ratio.
  7. My kids will get to participate in multiple extra-curricular activities. They won’t be “sitting on the bench”, even if they do end up with their mother’s athletic ability.  (Hey.  I played a mean saxophone!)    ;-)
  8. Our park and playground area are perfect for the kids. Even before we moved here, we used the Tiny Town park for birthday parties.
  9. We have a fun city swimming pool. Most little towns have no pool at all.
  10. Living on the highway, it only takes about 15 minutes to get to needed shopping and only an hour to the city.
  11. Our library is quite updated for a small town. We are automated (not all are around here) and we have a nice selection of videos and DVDs in addition to books.  If I can’t find a book that I need, we get it through interlibrary loan.
  12. Even though we’re small (pop. 500ish) there are new homes being built in the heart of town. Out with the old, uncared for properties, in with the new.  Our builder has some serious confidence in this town, and his homes are selling.
  13. We can be a family here. Lance’s job is literally about 100 steps away.  We can participate in school and community activities together. Tiny Town helps us keep first things first.

Do I have any Tiny Town friends out there?  What’s your favorite aspect of living in a small town?

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Comments

  1. That is awesome! I might just want to move to Tiny Town. :)

    We live in a small town (rougly 2000), after leaving a largish town of 12000. I would never go back! Small/Tiny towns Rock!

    And–good luck on your 15 minutes of fame tomorrow!

  2. I so want to move! We live in a huge suburb, and it can get a little crazy. Good Luck tomorrow dear!

  3. I live in a small town too. I love the family feel of it.

  4. I think I want to come live near you in Tiny Town! We live in small population size town, but it is large area wise so we are all spread out. My friend lives “down the road” and that is 15 minutes away!

    Enjoy your news feature! That is exciting, even in a Tiny Town!

  5. We live in a small town too. I love it!
    Thanks for sharing and good luck with the news crew.
    ~Liz

  6. I live in a small town, but not as “tiny” as yours! We love it for a lot of the same reasons you listed. The sense of community is great. Lots of activities going on for the children (and families). Great parks (we have 3). And our librarians know us by name.

    Good luck today!

  7. That sounds lovely!

  8. We left the suburbs 2 years ago to live in the middle of no where. While we do miss the conveniences we don’t think we could ever go back. We are 15 minutes out of town, which is maybe 4 blocks & maybe 30 minutes from the ‘city’ area which is still small compared to where we came from.
    Enjoy your tv fame :-)

  9. Tiny Town sounds wonderful! Have fun with the interview!

  10. You are a better woman than I am! I lived in a small town for a short period of time and I went out of my mind with boredom! I am glad you found a community to settle down in:-)

  11. We’re tiny town people here, too! We live in another tiny town with 815 other people! Not as tiny as yours, but small enough! We love it! Everyone knows your business, which has its pros and cons. It takes a village to raise a family, and that’s just what we do around here. We all know eachothers children so we look out for one another (which I hated growing up…my parents always knew what we were up to somehow!!) but I’ll love it when my children are teens!! I’ll have a great big smile on my face knowing that Daddy teaches at the High School… they’ll probably think otherwise though!

  12. I moved to where I am now from one of the largest cities in the US. I’m about 10 miles from what locals call “town”. It’s quiet, peaceful and nature is still bountiful.

    Every now and then I get the “gosh I want to go back to the big city”, I get out of that mood fast.

    I like the country life and all the benefits you get from it. And at this point in my life I know it was the best decision for my family.

  13. Wow! It definitely has some wonderful advantages! :D What a blessing!

  14. Your Tiny Town sounds just wonderful! I wish I could someday move to a small place like that. My fiance and I both want that for our future family.

  15. What a great place to live!

  16. We’ve recently moved from the BIG city back to our hometown small town America and we are SOOO happy we have for all the reasons you listed and more!
    We tried to make it in the BIG city but after only 6 months high-tailed it back home and nothing but handwriting in the sky would move us again. Wonderful post!!!!

  17. I have always wanted to live in a small town. We moved from a town of a few hundred thousand to one of about 23,000. I could definitely go smaller, but we love it here. Oh, and I played the sax for 8 years.

  18. Tiny towns definately have advantages! I also live in a small town in KS! (2500 people) You can easily walk down the street and wave at people you know passing by. Folks stop to ask how you are, how the family is… I wouldn’t want to raise my kids anywhere else!

    Good luck with the news crew!

  19. Oh to live in a small town! I would just LOVE that! Living in the OC in Southern CA, there aren’t many tiny towns around, well none that the “normal” people can afford anyways!!!! I envy you and your family, I would move in a heart beat if I didn’t have to worry about an ex husband!!! Oh well…such is life! :)

    Good luck tomorrow, can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  20. We live in a semi-tiny town. But I think it’s on the verge of growing in leaps and bounds! I love your list and it makes me want to drop everything and find a tiny town just right for our family! It won’t happen, but it’s good to dream.

  21. As hubby’s job search increases in scope, I get more and more tempted to check out your Tiny Town. :) I might just be requesting property listings! Hope everything went well!

  22. We love our small town, too!

    We can walk to church, the park, dozens of places to eat, and watch the sun set over the harbor! That’s why we moved here! :-)
    It just feels right!

    I do wish we had a little more land like you!

    ~Kim

  23. I so wish I could live in a tiny town. I moved form a smaller town, a couple of thousand people to a big city, tens of thousands of people, and I really don’t like it. I find it hard to find my place in a city so big and I am always getting lost on the expressways. My dream is to one day move to a smaller town. I have always been a small town girl at heart.

    Your Tiny Town sounds absolutely fabulous. The student to teacher ratio would make me want to move altogether. Good luck on your tv interview. If you can, provide a link so we can watch it later on.

    Take care.

  24. Yay for your awesome tiny town! I am so envious! Thanks for sharing your joy – it was fun to read…good luck with your interview!

  25. your town sounds ideal. I grew up in one like that.

    I like to think we have a pretty great combo of city life and small town life- we live in Pittsburgh, but it’s made up of neighborhoods so we have our own little library, shops, etc that we can walk to AND we can easily get to more major attractions.

  26. Born and raised in a small town–and I love it! So glad you love your own town. :)

  27. I’ve always wanted to live in a small town…you’re making me jealous! :)

  28. It’s great when you’re not traveling an hour to get to work or 20 minutes to get groceries. Your time is used for more important activities, like enjoying your family and home. You are a small town spokesperson!

  29. How fun that you’re going to be interviewed about this! We moved to a small town when we lived in Indiana and it’s true–we were able to buy a very nice house for about $86,000 (back in the ’90s) on a lot of land with woods and a creek and neighbors who weren’t on top of us. Real estate was our reason for moving there–we couldn’t afford a house closer to Indianapolis. Unfortunately, we didn’t have many of the perks you do–no pool or library. Only a Hardee’s to eat at nearby. And my husband’s commute was killer. That’s why we moved back to the suburbs after our son was born–he wanted to spend more time at home with us and less on the road. I definitely enjoyed my days of being “out in the country,” though, even though they were short-lived. :-)

  30. Happy Friday, Happy Spring, Happy~Happy Everything!

  31. I grew up in a tiny town too. Now it has 10,000 people, but back in the day, it was much smaller. What a great way to live! You’ll know everyone in the town before you know it! Enjoy!

  32. I live in a small town, but probably not a tiny town. More like 3000 people. The best part for me living here is my family is close and I have some very good friends are close, so if I ever need anything I always have somebody to ask. Also the childcare here is awesome. I was able to find the best babysitter and feel comfortable leaving my child to go to work, especially like this morning when he tells me “mom bye!” in other words mom leave!

  33. Though we live in a big city suburb, I love small town life, especially in the movies. Thanks for the fun post!

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