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    Is a town of 25,000 considered small?

    Never really have gotten very far on this subject. There is a lot of literature directed to large cities, and of course about rural areas. Where does a town of 25,000+ with a micropolitan area of almost 40,000 fit in?

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    Small. Some people consider under 200k or 100k or 50k as small so 40k metro would be very small.

    In Ohio we have 15 cities over 50k population. I would put the number at 50k for small communities.
    • Columbus 787,033
    • Cleveland 396,815
    • Cincinnati 296,943
    • Toledo 287,208
    • Akron 199,110
    • Dayton 141,527
    • Parma 81,601
    • Canton 73,007
    • Youngstown 66,982
    • Lorain 64,097
    • Hamilton 62,477
    • Springfield 60,608
    • Kettering 56,163
    • Elyria 54,533
    • Lakewood 52,131
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    I consider 25,000 a small community. The Strong Towns blog is a good resource for smaller town planning issues.

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    However it is still a lot different than a town of 10,000 or less. We have mass transit and some of the issues that the larger cities face with income disparity, housing stock, and transportation.

    I realize I am sort of fishing for a niche here, but it is what I am seeing. I worked in two smaller towns prior to this one and the issues are very different for the most part.

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    WWWMD? (What would WalMart do?).

    If open a store in the area, it's probably not very rural. If refuse to open a store in the area, it's rural.

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    That's not true really. Iowa Falls, IA has one and that town is not even 6,000 people. and no towns of 20,000 or more are within 50 miles.

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    Quote Originally posted by Hawkeye66 View post
    That's not true really. Iowa Falls, IA has one and that town is not even 6,000 people. and no towns of 20,000 or more are within 50 miles.

    Yeah, I know - was tongue in cheek

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    I don't think so...To me, a small town is where everyone knows everyone.

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