Previously I wrote about the Advantages of Small Towns and all those points still remain. Those were the basic reasons to consider moving to a small town.
I have come across even more reasons to consider living in a small town in the present environment.
Home prices may have come down even more in some small towns, relative to suburban or city homes. Home prices were already reasonable in many small towns, but now they are really reasonable. Affordability is near the top of the list of many boomers nearing or entering retirement.
If you are waiting for your suburban home to come back in price you may be waiting a long time. The lower price you get by selling your existing home now, will be partly made up by buying a lower price home in a small town.
These days small towns reportedly are a more accepting environment and gay or minorities can feel comfortable calling them home.
With these tense times where the news is non stop negative and the employment situation is not good for so many, escaping to a small town can give your life a refreshing change of pace.
Moving to a small town that is increasingly popular for retirees can put you in touch with a lot of potential new friends and offer social opportunities with people to whom you can relate.
These days many 55 plus retirement communities are located in small towns, which is ideal for you to take advantage of this type community plus enjoy small town living too.
Remember that there is not best small towns or top ten small towns, but only the small town for you. Things have changed but retiring to a small town still offers many advantages.
This week I had some minor oral surgery. When I got to the Drs. office there was no one that could be there to take me home. With luck I did find someone. As a child I lived in a small town and people were always helping out each other. I miss that feeling sometimes.
So I am making a list of a few things other positive advantages of living in a small town, just to remind myself and share with you.
Most people know each other and when someone needs help it is easier to find.
Families seem to be closer.
The pace is much slower
Church is a major activity
Small group gathering such as hometown picnics and celebrations bring people of all ages closer together
People are there during times of need such as death even if they are not immediate family
Relatives from the city like to visit their relatives in a small town as a peaceful get away
Crime is usually less
Gardening, fishing and other activities such as this are enjoyed
One can walk to the store, parks, church and such just for pleasure or exercise
People share what they grow in their gardens and enjoy sharing their canning recipes
When you go to the town store you actually see neighbors that you know and are on a first name basis with the butcher
Usually if there is a town Dr. and one is sick the Dr. will always see that person
Banks and insurance people know you on a first name basis
There is gossip but some times that is not all bad because people pay closer attention to doing the right thing
The elderly usually have a feeling of closeness in a small town
Housing is usually less expensive
It is a big town deal when there is a birth of a child even if that child is not family
People usually speak and say howdy even if they don’t know you
In the summer you can feel more at ease with leaving your windows and doors open to allow for fresh air
The air just smells better
The birds seem to sing louder
You can actually look at the stars, sunrise and sunset from your own front or backyard
The simple things in life are more satisfying
All in all most small town people are close and friendly
So this is just a few of the positives of small town living that I remember from my childhood when I lived in a small town. Do have live in a small town or have memories of living in a small town? If so, scroll to the bottom of the page and comment to let me know.