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      After spending all of my adult life in the DC metro area I moved to the small town where my husband lived when we got married. It definitely took some getting used to. There’s a lot a city has to offer that you will never find in a small town — from restaurants to ethnic foods inthe grocery store, or much of a choice in entertainment.

      Plus if you live in town you can forget having any kind of privacy. While it can be nice to get your neighbors you don’t have a lot of choice in a small town. On the other hand there’s no traffic to speak of, trees that don’t look like they’re gasping for breath and you can see the stars at night.

      We now live out in the country and that’s much more to my liking. We get the benefits of being away from the nastiness of a big city without having nosy neighbors in our business all
      the time.

      I would take careful stock of how much you really take advantage of what a big city offers that you won’t find in a small town and you’ll find your answer there. The only thing I really miss is having a very wide variety of real restaurants (i.e., not a chain) and foods in the grocery store to choose from, but I can live without those inbetween visits back to the big city. (Oh and a decent quilt shop but there’s tons of great fabrics on the internet so I’m surviving.

      lol)

      Lori.

      — On Mon, 7/21/08, Nicole wrote:

      From: Nicole
      Subject: Budget101.com : Small town living
      To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Monday, July 21, 2008, 8:02 pm

      My husband has a potential job offer in a small town. He hasn’t been
      given the salary amount yet but only the benefits. The area is quite
      low cost and is in a small town of $5,000 with not much around it for
      an hour to an hour and a half away.

      We could get a house for half the
      amount our own home is worth. We could use the equity in our home to
      either pay off my husband’s private school loans and put the remainder
      toward a house. We still need to visit the area and find out more.

      I
      would like to hear from people who live in small towns and see how they
      like it. I am from a suburb of 120,000 and have a metro area 15 minutes
      away. It would be a big change.
      Nicole

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