Small-town living most certainly has its pros and cons. For some people, it has more pros and for others, it has more cons. However, there are aspects of small-town living that most anyone who grew up in a small town can relate to. So here are 10 things you’ll only understand if you grew up in a small town.
1. You’ll take a nice long drive for no reason.
You don’t have someplace to be or something to do, you’ll just go on a drive to clear your mind and enjoy the open road… or quite frankly there just might not be anything better to do and you were bored.
2. You have to drive a minimum of 20 minutes to get to a decent mall
It can get a little annoying having to use up gas every time you need a nice gift and your local Wal Mart just wasn’t doing the trick, but if you’ve grown up in a small town, you’re use to it by now.
3. The fast-food selection is on point
Although small towns don’t always have malls or clothing stores they almost always have a McDonalds, Taco Bell, and more of the mainstream fast-food restaurants. Why you may ask? Well, small towns are usually a solid rest stop when someone is on there a way to a bigger city.
4. You’ve met nearly every neighbor on your block
When you live in a city and apartments, you’re a lot less likely to open your door and greet your neighbor. However, in a small town as you walk your dog, mow your lawn or anything in between you’ll probably be saying hi to your neighbor down the street on nearly every outing.
5. You can always count on silence when its time for bed
Us small town folks don’t find ambulances, construction, and honking cars to being a charming soundtrack as we try to fall asleep. The reason why is because we are used to the nice and calm sound of quiet small town roads to be a little more relaxing. Growing up in a small town, even if a car drove by your house you could hear it.
6. Your main option for hanging out with friends is eating
If you want to spice up the usual hang out routine you’ll probably have to drive to another town. Although your small town probably has a handful of yummy local restaurants, the options are limited for Friday night fun.
7. You are a pro at corn hole
If you’re truly from a small town you know and love this game. It’s played on nearly every special occasion from graduation parties to even weddings. You can always count on the gold ole’ corn hole to make an appearance.
8. Everyone will know your business
It’s the one thing that makes growing up in a small town a little less charming. You’re usually not surprised if a conversation you thought was between two somehow becomes a discussion for others.
9. Who needs a car when you can bike
If you’re from a small town, you probably don’t really even need a car because you can easily ride your bike from one side of town to the other. Small town roads can lead to extraordinary bike routes.
10. Your graduating class was incredibly small
While some graduating classes have a crazy number of students you probably could name nearly every person in your grade. It’s nice because you can get so close with certain people from being in a smaller setting, but like in #8 your entire graduating class probably knew whenever anything big happened in your life.
Even if you are a big shot city-lover now, there is truly no place like the quaint and calm roads of the small town you call home.