I grew up in a small town. I mean the small town you see on shows like Andy Griffith and think how nice it would be to grow up in a small town like that or to live in a small town like that. Our high school is 7th-12th grade even to this day and only has approximately 100 students per class meaning there are only about 600 to 700 students in the entire building if that gives you any clue as to how small the town truly is. There are less than 30,000 people in the entire county and only has 4 schools in the county. Hence, I know the benefits of living in a small town. Here I will give you the 5 best reasons to live in a small town in my opinion.
Everybody Knows Everybody
So, you might think that everybody knowing you and your family is a bad thing and sometimes it really can be. However, it does have its perks. When you live in a town where everybody knows everybody you can leave your windows to your house open and not feel as though someone is going to break in. You know if your kids do something wrong that you are going to hear about it and you truly get to know your neighbors because life is not as busy as living in the city.
Since there is not much to do in a small town, the thing to do is go to the Friday night basketball game to support your local school. Here you get to cheer on your favorite team and socialize all at the same time. The school benefits from it because you pay to watch and you still see all your friends. What better way to spend a Friday night than spending a couple of dollars supporting your school and socializing with your friends?
Family means something in a small town. It means you get together on the weekends and you go on vacations as an entire family grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. Family is more tightly knitted than in the city. You have Sunday dinner together and friendly football in the front yard. Family helps each other when they need it the most and rejoice for each other when it is the time to rejoice. It truly is different than in the city life.
With a smaller population crime rate is automatically reduced in small towns. It is not to say that crime does not happen, but it just happens less often and crimes are not as serious as in the city.
If you are planning on raising a family and are looking to buy a house, I would highly recommend you trying to find a nice quiet smallish town to settle down in. Even if it is on the outskirts of a huge city, your chances of getting to know your neighbors and even where your child is are higher than if you live in the hustle and bustle of the city.
Smaller Schools and Churches
Do you ever feel as though you have gotten lost in the crowd? I mean have you ever been sitting at church and looked around and thought this is so big or sent your child to school thinking they could get lost in the classroom due to size?
Well, in this particular small town you did not get lost in the schools it was more of a one on one learning environment and the teachers could actually remember you for years to come. Churches are the perfect size where they are not too small but yet they are not huge to where you will get lost or just be a number to them. It is a truly nice feeling to have that one on one interaction and be able to walk up to Billy Jo and say “Hey there I hear your mom is in the hospital I am so sorry to hear that and I hope she gets better” or for a teacher to walk up to a student and say “good job on that report”. Whatever the case maybe, it is nice to be able to get to know those around you.
I would not trade my experience of growing up in a small town for anything in the world. Of course it has its negatives like being so far out that you can’t just plan to go to the movies one night or go out to eat at a nice restaurant at the drop of a hat, but all in all it was a great experience.
Personally, I loved the fact that I could go anywhere and people were going to say something like how are you doing or how’s grandma and grandpa? It was a good feeling. I loved how you actually got to meet the people you went to church with and it was not like a drive in movie type deal and I loved my class size because everybody fit in somewhere. I loved the community support for the schools and for each other and I absolutely loved the low crime rate because I could go hiking in the woods and no one would be concerned if I was gone for hours on end or I could go to a friend’s house. It was nice not to have to worry about crime.
After college I moved to the big city of D.C. Huge change from what I was used to and I loved it there as well. However, I still wanted that small town feel next to a city. We found that. Even after living the city life for a minute, we still wound up moving to a smaller town where our kids can go outside and we do not have to worry about them so much and I can go for walks and not have to worry. There are benefits to living in a big city but in my opinion the benefits of living in a small town definitely out way the city.