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Admittedly, I'm from a small town with a population of 3,500 and spent a big part of my adult life in a city with a population of 10,000 so my idea of a small city is probably not the same as someone who is accustomed to living in or near a metropolis, eh? 

 

Soooo, when I read this about the 10 best small cities in America, I was surprised to see some of them on the list because I thought they were too big to be a small city.  Example - Santa Barbara at 91,000

 

Some of these cities are ski towns that have far more to offer than just good skiing. 

The 10 Best Small Cities in America 

 

 

Stoked to see Jackson Hole, and Telluride topping the list. 

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Admittedly, I'm from a small town with a population of 3,500 and spent a big part of my adult life in a city with a population of 10,000 so my idea of a small city is probably not the same as someone who is accustomed to living in or near a metropolis, eh? 

 

Soooo, when I read this about the 10 best small cities in America, I was surprised to see some of them on the list because I thought they were too big to be a small city.  Example - Santa Barbara at 91,000

 

Some of these cities are ski towns that have far more to offer than just good skiing. 

The 10 Best Small Cities in America 

 

 

Stoked to see Jackson Hole, and Telluride topping the list. 

But Telluride has way less in common with a city than Santa Barbara. City?? 2500 population??

 

That is seriously one of the stupidest lists I've ever seen, the main thing they have in common is the price of real estate.

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But Telluride has way less in common with a city than Santa Barbara. City?? 2500 population??

 

That is seriously one of the stupidest lists I've ever seen, the main thing they have in common is the price of real estate.

See!  

The variety of "cities" in this is like night and day.  

 

I haven't looked up the actual status of Village, Town, City, [and so on]  but there has to be a reason a village is a village and a town is a town. 

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See!  

The variety of "cities" in this is like night and day.  

 

I haven't looked up the actual status of Village, Town, City, [and so on]  but there has to be a reason a village is a village and a town is a town. 

Well, it IS a technical definition (based on incorporation), so technically those places are cities, I guess. But anywhere with a population less than about 25,000, I just don't think "city."

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Looking at the ski towns I have to wonder if the population totals include the seasonal folks that have vacation properties there and spend winters there.  Those folks certainly affect the ambiance of the towns even if they aren't considered permanent residents for official purposes like jury duty or income taxes.

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Looking at the ski towns I have to wonder if the population totals include the seasonal folks that have vacation properties there and spend winters there.  Those folks certainly affect the ambiance of the towns even if they aren't considered permanent residents for official purposes like jury duty or income taxes.

I would think that it is based on the census, which should be permanent residence, right? 

 

@segbrown I knew there was a technical status of city, town, village, etc.  I recall a stoppage of a major water/sewer utility installation for a municipality that was just "deemed" a status of town after being a village for several years.  The federal funding for the project was held until it was reviewed to determine that they still qualified for the grant.  Its been a long time so I don't remember the details but I remember it was a pain for us because we had materials and staffing waiting to break ground. 

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That is seriously one of the stupidest lists I've ever seen, the main thing they have in common is the price of real estate.

Hey now, I've seen worse lists.

Besides, real estate in Santa Fe isn't that bad. cool.gif
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Hey now, I've seen worse lists.

Besides, real estate in Santa Fe isn't that bad. cool.gif

Santa Fe is one of the places that should be on the list.

 

And yes, I kind of overreacted. Two full days of rain here, I'm feeling a bit stir crazy. 

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Looking at the ski towns I have to wonder if the population totals include the seasonal folks that have vacation properties there and spend winters there.  Those folks certainly affect the ambiance of the towns even if they aren't considered permanent residents for official purposes like jury duty or income taxes.

 

 

I doubt it,   Aspen has about 6000 registered voters.  Probably about 30,000 people during Christmas week and maybe only 3000 in May.

It has city amenities like a busy airport, museums, the arts and lots of really good restaurants. But I still think of it as a town. 

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