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Small Towns Are No Longer Small

When you think about small towns you may be thinking remote, off the beaten path with very little things to do. There probably are some small towns today that fit that description perfectly, but many that don’t.

Many small towns these days are located on the outskirts of large metro areas or in resort areas. In these towns you still get the feel of a small town, but with many more resources nearby.

Near these small towns there is probably a large regional shopping mall within easy driving distance. Some excellent gourmet type restaurants are located in small towns.

When I moved to a small town a few years ago, I was concerned about how far away I would have to drive for basic things like grocery store, drug store, dry cleaners, restaurants, and retail stores like Kohls or Target. That has not been a concern at all. We now have them nearby.

Honestly, we order so much through Amazon Prime and other on line stores and get it the next day sometimes, that I miss nothing.  I don’t like to shop and with the virus still around, staying out of stores is fine with me.

The 150 bed hospital next door was a major reason we liked this location community. .  Doctors and hospitals are the one thing you better check on before moving. See my blog post Hospital Next Door Is Mandatory

Driving to the largest shopping mall in the state only takes 15 minutes but on the way I pass farm houses, a lamas farm, barns, and traffic is light.

So small towns are not so small after all.

We moved to a Del Webb Active Adult Community in a small town so we get the bonus of feeling like we live in a cosmopolitan areas with people from all over the country moving here. Plus all the socialization opportunities and activities are right outside my door.

We have 9 miles of hiking trails and I can enter the trail about 100 yards from my front door.  I ordered two walking sticks from Amazon and will be out tomorrow to get them a try.

The suburban community we moved from had no activities, busy neighbors, very little socialization except for our good friends who lived next door and no hiking trails.

I think moving to a small town was a good move for us.

Originally posted 2020-09-01 11:32:01.

By Robert Fowler

Robert Fowler is President of Retirement Media Inc

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