Disadvantages of living in a small town

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dangling participle

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Mar 4, 2011
 
What are the disadvantages of living in a small town apart from the obvious? Everyone knows everyone else's business? Are people harshly labeled because of the way they live? Is there a hierarchy in the town?

I'm researching for a book I want to write and these questions are important to understanding why people, young and old, stay in a very small town which offers no future employment.
one logical reason

Williamson, WV

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Mar 4, 2011
 

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stupid!!!!
dan

Charleston, WV

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Mar 4, 2011
 
They want to stay near family.

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Alexandria, VA

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Mar 7, 2011
 
I understand wanting to stay near family. However, what about supporting one's self? Do many high school graduates go on to college? If so, which colleges do they apply to? Anyone know?
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Columbus, OH

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Mar 7, 2011
 
dangling participle wrote:
I understand wanting to stay near family. However, what about supporting one's self? Do many high school graduates go on to college? If so, which colleges do they apply to? Anyone know?
Morehead or Ball State.
Hannah

Thomasville, AL

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Apr 20, 2011
 
Well I live in a small town in Alabama. I grew up in a larger town close to Montgomery. When I graduated from college, I got a job teaching here. Here are some advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages
1. It is a lot safer. Not a lot of theft or violence.
2. You get to know people and have a better sense of family and a good system to help you out.
3. People are friendlier and more willing to help.
4. Land and homes are cheaper and more readily available than in larger towns.
Disadvantages
1. Shopping is difficult. I am an hour and a half away from the closest mall/Target/movie theatre. We can get the basics here, but if you want variety or something special, you have to go somewhere else.
2. Everyone knows everyone. There is very little privacy.
3. There are not very many opportunities for single people to meet others.
4. Entertainment is more difficult because there is nothing to do.
lisa M

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May 18, 2011
 
well what happens if someone hates a small town but is stuck there...like me im underaged so i have no choise...i have no privacy and everybody knows everything about me...i hate it
pimp

Winfield, WV

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#8
May 19, 2011
 
They leave home and wind of being prostitutes in the big city. Pimping is easy with small town know it alls.
Proud of where I live

Lubbock, TX

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May 20, 2011
 
dangling participle wrote:
I understand wanting to stay near family. However, what about supporting one's self? Do many high school graduates go on to college? If so, which colleges do they apply to? Anyone know?
WVU School of Law, WVU, Marshall University,Southern WV Community and Technical School, and a host of other higher learning institutions
Hannah

Thomasville, AL

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#10
May 23, 2011
 
You wait until you graduate. Then leave
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miguel

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Oct 11, 2012
 

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no jobs you have no money its hard to make money in a small town people dont care if you have no money , people in s amll town are mean and dont care what happens to you small town are unsafe because people dont care about you people are mean to you in a samll town people in samll towns are mean your isolated can have nothing in a samll town and nobody would care i would rather live in a city there is nothing to do in a samll town small towns are scary and unsafe
miguel

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another thing i hate about small towns i cant think of anything good about living in a small town when you live in a small town you could not have money for food and electricity and people in a small town would not care they would let you starve or go without food and things in the city people care about each other they care if you need help epople in a small town are mean they dont help you if you need help they just let you suffer but at the same time they like to tell you how to live your life aND IF THEY DONT LIKE SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THEY LET YOU KNWO IT small towns suck people are nosey and dont care what happens to you and you cant get help if you needed it you can be stuck in a small town with nothing thats scary and no way of leaving because nobody cares about you thats how epople are in small towns i would rahter live in the city so if i needed help city people would help me they wont help you in a small town
miguel

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and the reason i know this is because i have lived in small towns and that how people treated me small town people are rude and unfriendly and dont care about you at all plus they dont care if there are nojobs or entertainment they just dont care they dont care if there are no jobs if your bored they dont care small towns dont want entetainment or jobs they are just awful places to be
miguel

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people are mean in a small town and they dont try to put business in the small town i lived in a small townpeople where so mean to me and had to know what i was ding all the time but they never wanted to be around me they just wanted to be nosey about how i was living or what i was doingsmall town feels like prison yur not allowed to go anywhere or do anything and people are mean to you and try to tell you how to live your lifes sense there are no jobs in a small town you never have the money to live in the city or go the city your just stuck in a awful small town with nobody and no money and nothing to do
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Nov 12, 2012
 
It just plain sucks. I had to live nearby due to my ex having moved us there.....what a HUGE mistake!! Thank goodness I left him and the town.
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Dec 26, 2012
 

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Everyone is all up in your business. Imagine coming out of the closet in a small town? is hell and you will be secluded from society, people dont give a fuck about you. Unless you got money and when you do, they take advantage of your kindness. I say this from experience, is hell
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#18
Feb 3, 2013
 
one logical reason wrote:
stupid!!!!
your stupid there is no such thing as a stupid question so stfu
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#19
Feb 20, 2013
 
I don't even live in a small town. I am in the Mohave desert and have to hall water in a trailer. There's nothing around but sand and greasewood bushes but the solitude is nice. I have no idea how I ended up reading and following a forum in Kermit but you guys all sound interesting. Lot's of simularities with this area. Just getting an afterwork buzz and trying to enjoy life the best we can, right?
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Williamson, WV

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#20
Feb 26, 2013
 
I travel all over the us my job takes me to many places some good some bad, I was born in a big city and moved to a small town when I was young, I love the small town security and quite, it at time is hard not much to do and a long drive but I would rather drive.

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