Small Towns Have an Wmplified Sense of Community

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Small towns generally have an amplified sense of community. The neighbors

are more likely to have relationships with one another, outside of merely passing

them by occasionally. As a former resident of a small town, and a current

resident of a substantially larger city I feel as though I can recognize the merits

of both.

I grew up in a very small town, where most of the residents either knew of

one another or knew of one another. All of my neighbors knew me, and some of

them were even relatives of mine. I can clearly remember when new people moved

into the neighborhood everyone brought cakes and pies. There was a sense of

togetherness accompanied by respect for one another. Generally, you were always

recognized in public. People either knew you or someone in your family or

associated you immediately with that person. School was also an interesting

experience. Both of my parents are educators, therefore most people had worked

with them or had been taught by them. It could be a positive or negative


An extremely negative aspect of small town life is also one of its positive

aspects. This would be the fact that everyone knew everyone else. A girl that I

knew went away to college for a semester. At school she got arrested falsely but

was eventually acquitted
of all charges. However in the small town that I was from

everyone had fabricated their own story about what happened. This is my highest

complaint with small towns.

I have spent a considerable amount of time in both a small town and a large

city and can clearly see the difference. The community in a small town is

admittedly better, but the gossiping can become an annoyance. I personally favor
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