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Life is quaint and so is the language

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Things Only People in Small Towns Say

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Unlock your doors, get your pigs and goats ready for the county fair, and grab a latte at the coffee shop. It’s time to reminisce about life in a small town.

“Are you ready for the county fair?”

The county fair takes over your life every summer. Whether you’re showing a pig, participating in a pageant, or fundraising for your high school sports team, you’re participating and attending the county fair for its entire duration.

“Did you hear about…?”

Whether you’re discussing people who still live in town or people who used to and have since moved to the big cities, social media can’t compare to small town gossip.

“Did you catch the game on Friday?”

Friday Night Lights is real in your small town. You ask whether people caught the football game, but you already know they were there. And you just have to talk about that big win.

“Do you want to go for a drive?”

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When your town is too small to have its own movie theater, there’s really not a lot to do on Friday and Saturday nights, especially for the under-21 crowd. Once you get that driver’s license, taking a drive to nowhere is a common — and fun! — activity.

“Door’s unlocked.”

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You don’t have to worry much about your safety of your personal belongings in your small town. Your front door and car doors are always unlocked.

“Downtown.”

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Sure, downtown is just a couple of antique stores, a bar or two, and maybe a coffee shop and general store, but that 100-yard stretch of road is the most exciting part of town.

“I hear the new Applebee’s has a liquor license.”

“It’s right at the barn, left at the gas station, and then a few miles down the road.”

Giving directions with street names and miles is for suckers. It’s a lot easier to call out your local landmarks than to name off all of your state route numbers.

“I’m from [insert nearest metropolitan area].”

When meeting someone from another state or even another corner of your own state, you don’t even bother listing off the name of your tiny town. It’s a lot easier to say you’re from Cincinnati than it is to say your own hometown.

“OK, I’m from about an hour [north, south, east, west] of [insert nearest metropolitan area].”

When people really press, you’ll finally say the name of the town you graduated high school from. And when they inevitably haven’t heard of your population-4,000 town, you’ll explain where it is in relation to the big cities in your state.

“Let’s get a coffee.”

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Pretty much everyone drinks coffee, but “getting a coffee” is really only an activity in small towns. When there’s not much else to do, lounging in the café and talking to all of your friends who happen to also stop in is a fun and relaxing way to pass an afternoon.

“Let’s meet at the bar.”

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You don’t need to specify which bar you and your friends are meeting at. Even if your small town has two bars, everyone knows what the better bar is, and you’re going to that one.

“Mudding”

Mudding, the act of driving your Jeep or pickup truck in doughnuts in a muddy field, is the ultimate pastime in many small towns. Yes, your car and your clothes get wrecked. The muddier, the better.

“[Neighboring town] is the worst.”

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Small town rivalries are very real and very intense. The people from your neighboring towns are either classless and uneducated or — much worse — they’re snooty and uptight. There’s no debating it — your small town is the best.

“Oh, that’s my cousin!”

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If it seems like everyone in your small town is related, that may be because they are. If they aren’t your cousin, they’re your cousin’s cousin or your cousin’s cousin’s cousin.

“They’re an old family friend.”

If you’re not related to someone in your town, you and your family have known them and their family forever. You’re friends with your doctor, your dentist, your mayor, your grocery store clerk, your butcher, and basically everyone else in your town.

“The”

It’s “the McDonalds,” “the grocery store,” “the Walmart,” and “the deli.” You don’t need to specify which one. There is only one, and it is the one.

*Waves*

While we admit this one isn’t a saying, waving and generally being friendly are a huge part of small town culture. You don’t want to be labeled as an unfriendly person because you didn’t wave back to the third grade teacher at the Advance Auto Parts.

“Wow! Your graduating class was huge.”

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When coming from a town that has (at most) a population of 5,000, each graduating class from the local school district is going to correspond with small numbers. When you grow up with everyone in your class of 100, a class of 300, 500, or 1,000 kids seems insane.

“Y’all”

Though we know not all American small towns are in the South, this particular pluralization of “you” is synonymous with the simpler life. We blame Andy Griffith.


30 Things That Always Annoy People in Small Towns

Whether your family's been there for generations or you left city life behind for more space and better schools, small towns are an integral part of America's fabric. In fact, while urban populations may be growing, more than one third of Americans call small towns home. And while the idea of moving to a small town may conjure images of idyllic pastoral living and a community so tight-knit it's practically family, not everything about small town life is as charming as it seems.

Before you start dreaming of ditching your city life behind and start searching for that perfect piece of small town property, make sure you know these 30 things that annoy people in small towns. And if you want to know what really drives people nuts in major cities, don't fret! We've got those, too. Just see these 30 Things That Always Annoy People in Cities.

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Those small town festivals and local carnivals may seem fun to outsiders, but ask anyone living in a small town and they'll tell you how annoying they can be. Adding 1000 extra cars to tiny streets and postage-stamp-sized municipal parking is a recipe for some seriously bad traffic.

Shutterstock

Are some small towns cute? Sure. However, when tourists descend on the place you live, work, shop, and generally do all the things people in urban areas do and dub everything in it "adorable," it's nothing short of patronizing. Seriously, the local gas station and that dilapidated house on the corner are not worthy of "oohs" and "aahs." And if you want a relaxing break from small town life, try out one of the 20 Most Zen Places on Earth.

Shutterstock

When you live in a big city, you get to enjoy the blissful anonymity of shopping at your local 24-hour supermarket in peace. In small towns, where your local grocery store is open for limited hours (and maybe not at all on Sunday), you will always run into somebody you know when you're in your PJs buying some embarrassing haul, like an industrial-sized jar of cheeseballs and a tabloid magazine.

Shutterstock

Want to be able to walk everywhere? Good luck finding that in a small town. In much of small town America, you have two choices: take the car wherever you go or just stay in. And when you want to make those hours behind the wheel more enjoyable, head for these 40 Roads Everyone Should Drive by Age 40.

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In a major city, you can buy your groceries at 3 AM, indulge your craving for shawarma at midnight, or see a movie before noon. In a small town, you might be hard-pressed to even buy a beer on Sunday.

Finding yourself hungry and running low on groceries in a small town leaves you with three options: get dressed and drive 30 minutes to the one diner that's still open, go hungry, or order pizza again. But do you know who doesn't seem to care? Your favorite stars. For proof, check out these 20 Celebs Who Shunned Hollywood for Small Town Life.

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You may not think you know everybody in your small town, but rest assured, somebody knows you—and your business. That time you made out with the drummer for that one band and didn't tell anybody? Yeah, the local pharmacist, all of your cousins, and your high school chemistry teacher somehow all know about it anyway. And when you want to reign in those gossipy impulses, discover these 20 Ways to Be Less Mean.

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When new people move to your small town, they often act like they're the first people to discover the place, much to the annoyance of locals. Just because you opened a coffee shop or fixed up an old house doesn't mean you essentially wrote the town charter, too.

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Want to have a few drinks in a local bar? Still haven't quit smoking? Occasionally spend the night at your ex's house? If you're in a small town, you know just how hard it is to hide any of those vices.

zstock / Shutterstock

If your town got some recent press coverage, prepare for seemingly non-stop construction. Suddenly, your quaint town will be overloaded with people building new businesses, fixing up old houses for months at a time, and making way for condo construction, making it virtually impossible for you to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time.

If you have kids in a small town, you know that they have two choices until they have their license: either stay at home or get toted around by you. A lack of walkability means that there's virtually nothing to do except get mom and dad to chauffeur them around until they're old enough to drive.

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Did you miss your small town's Memorial Day parade? You're definitely going to hear about it from somebody. While they may seem voluntary, attending certain small town events is more or less mandatory if you don't want to get some serious side-eye from your neighbors.

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If you're a newcomer to a small town, you might just find that you're not as welcome as you hoped. In fact, regardless of why you moved to a small town—even if your family has actually lived there for generations—don't be surprised when people look at you like an outsider.

Think big city congestion is bad? The streets of small towns aren't exactly equipped to have a dozen people stopping to Instagram every cute house or impressive Christmas lights display, and the resulting traffic can seriously slow things down.

Shutterstock

Making plans on a Friday night in a small town often means one of three things: go to a friend's house, go to a restaurant, or drive a ridiculously long time to do something actually fun in the closest city.

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"Aren't you Jim and Cathy's daughter?" Yes. Even if everyone in your small town doesn't know you by your name, they probably know your parents. If your parents have lived in town for some time, you'll forever be "so-and-so's kid" to older generations.

Shutterstock

You might be thrilled to have landed a great job in a small town, but that doesn't mean moving there is going to be easy, necessarily. Small towns generally have limited rental stock, and finding anything even remotely comparable to what you had in the city, whether that's an open-concept space or just a kitchen with granite counters, is often nearly impossible.

Parking in a city may be tough, but parking in a small town is often next-to-impossible. Not only is parking limited in most small towns as it is, if your town happens to have a weekender or tourist population, it might be virtually impossible to find anywhere to park your car, even at the supermarket.

Job hunting is never an easy process, but in a small town, it's virtually torture. In addition to limited employment prospects, wages tend to be significantly lower than they'd be in a big city, and you may even have to suffer the indignity of interviewing with that kid who always pushed you into lockers in high school.

Shutterstock

In a massive apartment building in Manhattan, you might not even know your next-door neighbor's name. In a small town, you not only know their name, their family history, and their kids' soccer schedule, but you're supposed to make small talk every time you see them.

Shutterstock

Knowing that your exes continue to exist post-breakup is annoying enough. However, living in the same small town as them means that you run into them constantly, whether you're at bars, shops, or your cousin's Christmas party.

Small town cops don't always have a lot on their plates in terms of local crime. Unfortunately, that means that someone's definitely watching—and eager to ticket you—when you accidentally go 35 in a 30.

Tinder doesn't help you much when there aren't very many people around. Also, if you're trying to impress a date in a small town, your options are often woefully limited. There's that one fancy restaurant, the diner, or that Chili's 30 minutes away.

Shutterstock

If a tree branch hits your power line in a small town, you'd better hope you had a backup generator at the ready. In many small towns, even a seemingly minor storm can mean the power's out for a week.

Sometimes, you just want to tell off a rude shopkeeper or honk your horn at someone driving like a fool. Unfortunately, in a small town, the person you do that to might just be the mayor, your boss's spouse, or your next door neighbor's kid, meaning you have virtually no choice but to always err on the side of extreme politeness.

Shutterstock

A lack of things for teenagers to do means one seriously annoying problem: kids loitering everywhere. Leave your car in a parking lot for 20 minutes and by the time you get back, there are some teenagers making out on the hood and a bunch of others blowing cotton candy-scented vape smoke in your face.

Shutterstock

Small town politics often bear little resemblance to bigger government. When only two people are running, you're sometimes left choosing the lesser of two evils. And sometimes, that person is still an unqualified idiot.

Shutterstock

If you still live in the small town you grew up in, you know the distinctly displeasure of running into your teachers everywhere you go. That date you're on with someone new? Buckle up for having to introduce them to your elementary school teacher.

Shutterstock

If you live in the city, the nearest museum or opera is probably just a hop, skip, and a jump away. If you want to enjoy similar cultural activities when you live in most small towns, prepare to spend a couple of hours in travel time getting to any major attraction.

Shutterstock

While there may be many downfalls to living in a small town, it can sometimes feel virtually impossible to leave your humble little hometown behind, too. Just when you think you'd be eager to go anywhere else, you realize all the people, places, and things about small town life you're going to miss when you go. And if you do decide to depart for greener pastures, check out The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, click here to sign up for our FREE daily newsletter!


30 Things That Always Annoy People in Small Towns

Whether your family's been there for generations or you left city life behind for more space and better schools, small towns are an integral part of America's fabric. In fact, while urban populations may be growing, more than one third of Americans call small towns home. And while the idea of moving to a small town may conjure images of idyllic pastoral living and a community so tight-knit it's practically family, not everything about small town life is as charming as it seems.

Before you start dreaming of ditching your city life behind and start searching for that perfect piece of small town property, make sure you know these 30 things that annoy people in small towns. And if you want to know what really drives people nuts in major cities, don't fret! We've got those, too. Just see these 30 Things That Always Annoy People in Cities.

Shutterstock

Those small town festivals and local carnivals may seem fun to outsiders, but ask anyone living in a small town and they'll tell you how annoying they can be. Adding 1000 extra cars to tiny streets and postage-stamp-sized municipal parking is a recipe for some seriously bad traffic.

Shutterstock

Are some small towns cute? Sure. However, when tourists descend on the place you live, work, shop, and generally do all the things people in urban areas do and dub everything in it "adorable," it's nothing short of patronizing. Seriously, the local gas station and that dilapidated house on the corner are not worthy of "oohs" and "aahs." And if you want a relaxing break from small town life, try out one of the 20 Most Zen Places on Earth.

Shutterstock

When you live in a big city, you get to enjoy the blissful anonymity of shopping at your local 24-hour supermarket in peace. In small towns, where your local grocery store is open for limited hours (and maybe not at all on Sunday), you will always run into somebody you know when you're in your PJs buying some embarrassing haul, like an industrial-sized jar of cheeseballs and a tabloid magazine.

Shutterstock

Want to be able to walk everywhere? Good luck finding that in a small town. In much of small town America, you have two choices: take the car wherever you go or just stay in. And when you want to make those hours behind the wheel more enjoyable, head for these 40 Roads Everyone Should Drive by Age 40.

Shutterstock

In a major city, you can buy your groceries at 3 AM, indulge your craving for shawarma at midnight, or see a movie before noon. In a small town, you might be hard-pressed to even buy a beer on Sunday.

Finding yourself hungry and running low on groceries in a small town leaves you with three options: get dressed and drive 30 minutes to the one diner that's still open, go hungry, or order pizza again. But do you know who doesn't seem to care? Your favorite stars. For proof, check out these 20 Celebs Who Shunned Hollywood for Small Town Life.

Shutterstock

You may not think you know everybody in your small town, but rest assured, somebody knows you—and your business. That time you made out with the drummer for that one band and didn't tell anybody? Yeah, the local pharmacist, all of your cousins, and your high school chemistry teacher somehow all know about it anyway. And when you want to reign in those gossipy impulses, discover these 20 Ways to Be Less Mean.

Shutterstock

When new people move to your small town, they often act like they're the first people to discover the place, much to the annoyance of locals. Just because you opened a coffee shop or fixed up an old house doesn't mean you essentially wrote the town charter, too.

Shutterstock

Want to have a few drinks in a local bar? Still haven't quit smoking? Occasionally spend the night at your ex's house? If you're in a small town, you know just how hard it is to hide any of those vices.

zstock / Shutterstock

If your town got some recent press coverage, prepare for seemingly non-stop construction. Suddenly, your quaint town will be overloaded with people building new businesses, fixing up old houses for months at a time, and making way for condo construction, making it virtually impossible for you to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time.

If you have kids in a small town, you know that they have two choices until they have their license: either stay at home or get toted around by you. A lack of walkability means that there's virtually nothing to do except get mom and dad to chauffeur them around until they're old enough to drive.

Shutterstock

Did you miss your small town's Memorial Day parade? You're definitely going to hear about it from somebody. While they may seem voluntary, attending certain small town events is more or less mandatory if you don't want to get some serious side-eye from your neighbors.

Shutterstock

If you're a newcomer to a small town, you might just find that you're not as welcome as you hoped. In fact, regardless of why you moved to a small town—even if your family has actually lived there for generations—don't be surprised when people look at you like an outsider.

Think big city congestion is bad? The streets of small towns aren't exactly equipped to have a dozen people stopping to Instagram every cute house or impressive Christmas lights display, and the resulting traffic can seriously slow things down.

Shutterstock

Making plans on a Friday night in a small town often means one of three things: go to a friend's house, go to a restaurant, or drive a ridiculously long time to do something actually fun in the closest city.

Shutterstock

"Aren't you Jim and Cathy's daughter?" Yes. Even if everyone in your small town doesn't know you by your name, they probably know your parents. If your parents have lived in town for some time, you'll forever be "so-and-so's kid" to older generations.

Shutterstock

You might be thrilled to have landed a great job in a small town, but that doesn't mean moving there is going to be easy, necessarily. Small towns generally have limited rental stock, and finding anything even remotely comparable to what you had in the city, whether that's an open-concept space or just a kitchen with granite counters, is often nearly impossible.

Parking in a city may be tough, but parking in a small town is often next-to-impossible. Not only is parking limited in most small towns as it is, if your town happens to have a weekender or tourist population, it might be virtually impossible to find anywhere to park your car, even at the supermarket.

Job hunting is never an easy process, but in a small town, it's virtually torture. In addition to limited employment prospects, wages tend to be significantly lower than they'd be in a big city, and you may even have to suffer the indignity of interviewing with that kid who always pushed you into lockers in high school.

Shutterstock

In a massive apartment building in Manhattan, you might not even know your next-door neighbor's name. In a small town, you not only know their name, their family history, and their kids' soccer schedule, but you're supposed to make small talk every time you see them.

Shutterstock

Knowing that your exes continue to exist post-breakup is annoying enough. However, living in the same small town as them means that you run into them constantly, whether you're at bars, shops, or your cousin's Christmas party.

Small town cops don't always have a lot on their plates in terms of local crime. Unfortunately, that means that someone's definitely watching—and eager to ticket you—when you accidentally go 35 in a 30.

Tinder doesn't help you much when there aren't very many people around. Also, if you're trying to impress a date in a small town, your options are often woefully limited. There's that one fancy restaurant, the diner, or that Chili's 30 minutes away.

Shutterstock

If a tree branch hits your power line in a small town, you'd better hope you had a backup generator at the ready. In many small towns, even a seemingly minor storm can mean the power's out for a week.

Sometimes, you just want to tell off a rude shopkeeper or honk your horn at someone driving like a fool. Unfortunately, in a small town, the person you do that to might just be the mayor, your boss's spouse, or your next door neighbor's kid, meaning you have virtually no choice but to always err on the side of extreme politeness.

Shutterstock

A lack of things for teenagers to do means one seriously annoying problem: kids loitering everywhere. Leave your car in a parking lot for 20 minutes and by the time you get back, there are some teenagers making out on the hood and a bunch of others blowing cotton candy-scented vape smoke in your face.

Shutterstock

Small town politics often bear little resemblance to bigger government. When only two people are running, you're sometimes left choosing the lesser of two evils. And sometimes, that person is still an unqualified idiot.

Shutterstock

If you still live in the small town you grew up in, you know the distinctly displeasure of running into your teachers everywhere you go. That date you're on with someone new? Buckle up for having to introduce them to your elementary school teacher.

Shutterstock

If you live in the city, the nearest museum or opera is probably just a hop, skip, and a jump away. If you want to enjoy similar cultural activities when you live in most small towns, prepare to spend a couple of hours in travel time getting to any major attraction.

Shutterstock

While there may be many downfalls to living in a small town, it can sometimes feel virtually impossible to leave your humble little hometown behind, too. Just when you think you'd be eager to go anywhere else, you realize all the people, places, and things about small town life you're going to miss when you go. And if you do decide to depart for greener pastures, check out The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, click here to sign up for our FREE daily newsletter!


30 Things That Always Annoy People in Small Towns

Whether your family's been there for generations or you left city life behind for more space and better schools, small towns are an integral part of America's fabric. In fact, while urban populations may be growing, more than one third of Americans call small towns home. And while the idea of moving to a small town may conjure images of idyllic pastoral living and a community so tight-knit it's practically family, not everything about small town life is as charming as it seems.

Before you start dreaming of ditching your city life behind and start searching for that perfect piece of small town property, make sure you know these 30 things that annoy people in small towns. And if you want to know what really drives people nuts in major cities, don't fret! We've got those, too. Just see these 30 Things That Always Annoy People in Cities.

Shutterstock

Those small town festivals and local carnivals may seem fun to outsiders, but ask anyone living in a small town and they'll tell you how annoying they can be. Adding 1000 extra cars to tiny streets and postage-stamp-sized municipal parking is a recipe for some seriously bad traffic.

Shutterstock

Are some small towns cute? Sure. However, when tourists descend on the place you live, work, shop, and generally do all the things people in urban areas do and dub everything in it "adorable," it's nothing short of patronizing. Seriously, the local gas station and that dilapidated house on the corner are not worthy of "oohs" and "aahs." And if you want a relaxing break from small town life, try out one of the 20 Most Zen Places on Earth.

Shutterstock

When you live in a big city, you get to enjoy the blissful anonymity of shopping at your local 24-hour supermarket in peace. In small towns, where your local grocery store is open for limited hours (and maybe not at all on Sunday), you will always run into somebody you know when you're in your PJs buying some embarrassing haul, like an industrial-sized jar of cheeseballs and a tabloid magazine.

Shutterstock

Want to be able to walk everywhere? Good luck finding that in a small town. In much of small town America, you have two choices: take the car wherever you go or just stay in. And when you want to make those hours behind the wheel more enjoyable, head for these 40 Roads Everyone Should Drive by Age 40.

Shutterstock

In a major city, you can buy your groceries at 3 AM, indulge your craving for shawarma at midnight, or see a movie before noon. In a small town, you might be hard-pressed to even buy a beer on Sunday.

Finding yourself hungry and running low on groceries in a small town leaves you with three options: get dressed and drive 30 minutes to the one diner that's still open, go hungry, or order pizza again. But do you know who doesn't seem to care? Your favorite stars. For proof, check out these 20 Celebs Who Shunned Hollywood for Small Town Life.

Shutterstock

You may not think you know everybody in your small town, but rest assured, somebody knows you—and your business. That time you made out with the drummer for that one band and didn't tell anybody? Yeah, the local pharmacist, all of your cousins, and your high school chemistry teacher somehow all know about it anyway. And when you want to reign in those gossipy impulses, discover these 20 Ways to Be Less Mean.

Shutterstock

When new people move to your small town, they often act like they're the first people to discover the place, much to the annoyance of locals. Just because you opened a coffee shop or fixed up an old house doesn't mean you essentially wrote the town charter, too.

Shutterstock

Want to have a few drinks in a local bar? Still haven't quit smoking? Occasionally spend the night at your ex's house? If you're in a small town, you know just how hard it is to hide any of those vices.

zstock / Shutterstock

If your town got some recent press coverage, prepare for seemingly non-stop construction. Suddenly, your quaint town will be overloaded with people building new businesses, fixing up old houses for months at a time, and making way for condo construction, making it virtually impossible for you to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time.

If you have kids in a small town, you know that they have two choices until they have their license: either stay at home or get toted around by you. A lack of walkability means that there's virtually nothing to do except get mom and dad to chauffeur them around until they're old enough to drive.

Shutterstock

Did you miss your small town's Memorial Day parade? You're definitely going to hear about it from somebody. While they may seem voluntary, attending certain small town events is more or less mandatory if you don't want to get some serious side-eye from your neighbors.

Shutterstock

If you're a newcomer to a small town, you might just find that you're not as welcome as you hoped. In fact, regardless of why you moved to a small town—even if your family has actually lived there for generations—don't be surprised when people look at you like an outsider.

Think big city congestion is bad? The streets of small towns aren't exactly equipped to have a dozen people stopping to Instagram every cute house or impressive Christmas lights display, and the resulting traffic can seriously slow things down.

Shutterstock

Making plans on a Friday night in a small town often means one of three things: go to a friend's house, go to a restaurant, or drive a ridiculously long time to do something actually fun in the closest city.

Shutterstock

"Aren't you Jim and Cathy's daughter?" Yes. Even if everyone in your small town doesn't know you by your name, they probably know your parents. If your parents have lived in town for some time, you'll forever be "so-and-so's kid" to older generations.

Shutterstock

You might be thrilled to have landed a great job in a small town, but that doesn't mean moving there is going to be easy, necessarily. Small towns generally have limited rental stock, and finding anything even remotely comparable to what you had in the city, whether that's an open-concept space or just a kitchen with granite counters, is often nearly impossible.

Parking in a city may be tough, but parking in a small town is often next-to-impossible. Not only is parking limited in most small towns as it is, if your town happens to have a weekender or tourist population, it might be virtually impossible to find anywhere to park your car, even at the supermarket.

Job hunting is never an easy process, but in a small town, it's virtually torture. In addition to limited employment prospects, wages tend to be significantly lower than they'd be in a big city, and you may even have to suffer the indignity of interviewing with that kid who always pushed you into lockers in high school.

Shutterstock

In a massive apartment building in Manhattan, you might not even know your next-door neighbor's name. In a small town, you not only know their name, their family history, and their kids' soccer schedule, but you're supposed to make small talk every time you see them.

Shutterstock

Knowing that your exes continue to exist post-breakup is annoying enough. However, living in the same small town as them means that you run into them constantly, whether you're at bars, shops, or your cousin's Christmas party.

Small town cops don't always have a lot on their plates in terms of local crime. Unfortunately, that means that someone's definitely watching—and eager to ticket you—when you accidentally go 35 in a 30.

Tinder doesn't help you much when there aren't very many people around. Also, if you're trying to impress a date in a small town, your options are often woefully limited. There's that one fancy restaurant, the diner, or that Chili's 30 minutes away.

Shutterstock

If a tree branch hits your power line in a small town, you'd better hope you had a backup generator at the ready. In many small towns, even a seemingly minor storm can mean the power's out for a week.

Sometimes, you just want to tell off a rude shopkeeper or honk your horn at someone driving like a fool. Unfortunately, in a small town, the person you do that to might just be the mayor, your boss's spouse, or your next door neighbor's kid, meaning you have virtually no choice but to always err on the side of extreme politeness.

Shutterstock

A lack of things for teenagers to do means one seriously annoying problem: kids loitering everywhere. Leave your car in a parking lot for 20 minutes and by the time you get back, there are some teenagers making out on the hood and a bunch of others blowing cotton candy-scented vape smoke in your face.

Shutterstock

Small town politics often bear little resemblance to bigger government. When only two people are running, you're sometimes left choosing the lesser of two evils. And sometimes, that person is still an unqualified idiot.

Shutterstock

If you still live in the small town you grew up in, you know the distinctly displeasure of running into your teachers everywhere you go. That date you're on with someone new? Buckle up for having to introduce them to your elementary school teacher.

Shutterstock

If you live in the city, the nearest museum or opera is probably just a hop, skip, and a jump away. If you want to enjoy similar cultural activities when you live in most small towns, prepare to spend a couple of hours in travel time getting to any major attraction.

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While there may be many downfalls to living in a small town, it can sometimes feel virtually impossible to leave your humble little hometown behind, too. Just when you think you'd be eager to go anywhere else, you realize all the people, places, and things about small town life you're going to miss when you go. And if you do decide to depart for greener pastures, check out The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

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30 Things That Always Annoy People in Small Towns

Whether your family's been there for generations or you left city life behind for more space and better schools, small towns are an integral part of America's fabric. In fact, while urban populations may be growing, more than one third of Americans call small towns home. And while the idea of moving to a small town may conjure images of idyllic pastoral living and a community so tight-knit it's practically family, not everything about small town life is as charming as it seems.

Before you start dreaming of ditching your city life behind and start searching for that perfect piece of small town property, make sure you know these 30 things that annoy people in small towns. And if you want to know what really drives people nuts in major cities, don't fret! We've got those, too. Just see these 30 Things That Always Annoy People in Cities.

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Those small town festivals and local carnivals may seem fun to outsiders, but ask anyone living in a small town and they'll tell you how annoying they can be. Adding 1000 extra cars to tiny streets and postage-stamp-sized municipal parking is a recipe for some seriously bad traffic.

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Are some small towns cute? Sure. However, when tourists descend on the place you live, work, shop, and generally do all the things people in urban areas do and dub everything in it "adorable," it's nothing short of patronizing. Seriously, the local gas station and that dilapidated house on the corner are not worthy of "oohs" and "aahs." And if you want a relaxing break from small town life, try out one of the 20 Most Zen Places on Earth.

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When you live in a big city, you get to enjoy the blissful anonymity of shopping at your local 24-hour supermarket in peace. In small towns, where your local grocery store is open for limited hours (and maybe not at all on Sunday), you will always run into somebody you know when you're in your PJs buying some embarrassing haul, like an industrial-sized jar of cheeseballs and a tabloid magazine.

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Want to be able to walk everywhere? Good luck finding that in a small town. In much of small town America, you have two choices: take the car wherever you go or just stay in. And when you want to make those hours behind the wheel more enjoyable, head for these 40 Roads Everyone Should Drive by Age 40.

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In a major city, you can buy your groceries at 3 AM, indulge your craving for shawarma at midnight, or see a movie before noon. In a small town, you might be hard-pressed to even buy a beer on Sunday.

Finding yourself hungry and running low on groceries in a small town leaves you with three options: get dressed and drive 30 minutes to the one diner that's still open, go hungry, or order pizza again. But do you know who doesn't seem to care? Your favorite stars. For proof, check out these 20 Celebs Who Shunned Hollywood for Small Town Life.

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You may not think you know everybody in your small town, but rest assured, somebody knows you—and your business. That time you made out with the drummer for that one band and didn't tell anybody? Yeah, the local pharmacist, all of your cousins, and your high school chemistry teacher somehow all know about it anyway. And when you want to reign in those gossipy impulses, discover these 20 Ways to Be Less Mean.

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When new people move to your small town, they often act like they're the first people to discover the place, much to the annoyance of locals. Just because you opened a coffee shop or fixed up an old house doesn't mean you essentially wrote the town charter, too.

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Want to have a few drinks in a local bar? Still haven't quit smoking? Occasionally spend the night at your ex's house? If you're in a small town, you know just how hard it is to hide any of those vices.

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If your town got some recent press coverage, prepare for seemingly non-stop construction. Suddenly, your quaint town will be overloaded with people building new businesses, fixing up old houses for months at a time, and making way for condo construction, making it virtually impossible for you to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time.

If you have kids in a small town, you know that they have two choices until they have their license: either stay at home or get toted around by you. A lack of walkability means that there's virtually nothing to do except get mom and dad to chauffeur them around until they're old enough to drive.

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Did you miss your small town's Memorial Day parade? You're definitely going to hear about it from somebody. While they may seem voluntary, attending certain small town events is more or less mandatory if you don't want to get some serious side-eye from your neighbors.

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If you're a newcomer to a small town, you might just find that you're not as welcome as you hoped. In fact, regardless of why you moved to a small town—even if your family has actually lived there for generations—don't be surprised when people look at you like an outsider.

Think big city congestion is bad? The streets of small towns aren't exactly equipped to have a dozen people stopping to Instagram every cute house or impressive Christmas lights display, and the resulting traffic can seriously slow things down.

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Making plans on a Friday night in a small town often means one of three things: go to a friend's house, go to a restaurant, or drive a ridiculously long time to do something actually fun in the closest city.

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"Aren't you Jim and Cathy's daughter?" Yes. Even if everyone in your small town doesn't know you by your name, they probably know your parents. If your parents have lived in town for some time, you'll forever be "so-and-so's kid" to older generations.

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You might be thrilled to have landed a great job in a small town, but that doesn't mean moving there is going to be easy, necessarily. Small towns generally have limited rental stock, and finding anything even remotely comparable to what you had in the city, whether that's an open-concept space or just a kitchen with granite counters, is often nearly impossible.

Parking in a city may be tough, but parking in a small town is often next-to-impossible. Not only is parking limited in most small towns as it is, if your town happens to have a weekender or tourist population, it might be virtually impossible to find anywhere to park your car, even at the supermarket.

Job hunting is never an easy process, but in a small town, it's virtually torture. In addition to limited employment prospects, wages tend to be significantly lower than they'd be in a big city, and you may even have to suffer the indignity of interviewing with that kid who always pushed you into lockers in high school.

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In a massive apartment building in Manhattan, you might not even know your next-door neighbor's name. In a small town, you not only know their name, their family history, and their kids' soccer schedule, but you're supposed to make small talk every time you see them.

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Knowing that your exes continue to exist post-breakup is annoying enough. However, living in the same small town as them means that you run into them constantly, whether you're at bars, shops, or your cousin's Christmas party.

Small town cops don't always have a lot on their plates in terms of local crime. Unfortunately, that means that someone's definitely watching—and eager to ticket you—when you accidentally go 35 in a 30.

Tinder doesn't help you much when there aren't very many people around. Also, if you're trying to impress a date in a small town, your options are often woefully limited. There's that one fancy restaurant, the diner, or that Chili's 30 minutes away.

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If a tree branch hits your power line in a small town, you'd better hope you had a backup generator at the ready. In many small towns, even a seemingly minor storm can mean the power's out for a week.

Sometimes, you just want to tell off a rude shopkeeper or honk your horn at someone driving like a fool. Unfortunately, in a small town, the person you do that to might just be the mayor, your boss's spouse, or your next door neighbor's kid, meaning you have virtually no choice but to always err on the side of extreme politeness.

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A lack of things for teenagers to do means one seriously annoying problem: kids loitering everywhere. Leave your car in a parking lot for 20 minutes and by the time you get back, there are some teenagers making out on the hood and a bunch of others blowing cotton candy-scented vape smoke in your face.

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Small town politics often bear little resemblance to bigger government. When only two people are running, you're sometimes left choosing the lesser of two evils. And sometimes, that person is still an unqualified idiot.

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If you still live in the small town you grew up in, you know the distinctly displeasure of running into your teachers everywhere you go. That date you're on with someone new? Buckle up for having to introduce them to your elementary school teacher.

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If you live in the city, the nearest museum or opera is probably just a hop, skip, and a jump away. If you want to enjoy similar cultural activities when you live in most small towns, prepare to spend a couple of hours in travel time getting to any major attraction.

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While there may be many downfalls to living in a small town, it can sometimes feel virtually impossible to leave your humble little hometown behind, too. Just when you think you'd be eager to go anywhere else, you realize all the people, places, and things about small town life you're going to miss when you go. And if you do decide to depart for greener pastures, check out The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, click here to sign up for our FREE daily newsletter!


30 Things That Always Annoy People in Small Towns

Whether your family's been there for generations or you left city life behind for more space and better schools, small towns are an integral part of America's fabric. In fact, while urban populations may be growing, more than one third of Americans call small towns home. And while the idea of moving to a small town may conjure images of idyllic pastoral living and a community so tight-knit it's practically family, not everything about small town life is as charming as it seems.

Before you start dreaming of ditching your city life behind and start searching for that perfect piece of small town property, make sure you know these 30 things that annoy people in small towns. And if you want to know what really drives people nuts in major cities, don't fret! We've got those, too. Just see these 30 Things That Always Annoy People in Cities.

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Those small town festivals and local carnivals may seem fun to outsiders, but ask anyone living in a small town and they'll tell you how annoying they can be. Adding 1000 extra cars to tiny streets and postage-stamp-sized municipal parking is a recipe for some seriously bad traffic.

Shutterstock

Are some small towns cute? Sure. However, when tourists descend on the place you live, work, shop, and generally do all the things people in urban areas do and dub everything in it "adorable," it's nothing short of patronizing. Seriously, the local gas station and that dilapidated house on the corner are not worthy of "oohs" and "aahs." And if you want a relaxing break from small town life, try out one of the 20 Most Zen Places on Earth.

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When you live in a big city, you get to enjoy the blissful anonymity of shopping at your local 24-hour supermarket in peace. In small towns, where your local grocery store is open for limited hours (and maybe not at all on Sunday), you will always run into somebody you know when you're in your PJs buying some embarrassing haul, like an industrial-sized jar of cheeseballs and a tabloid magazine.

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Want to be able to walk everywhere? Good luck finding that in a small town. In much of small town America, you have two choices: take the car wherever you go or just stay in. And when you want to make those hours behind the wheel more enjoyable, head for these 40 Roads Everyone Should Drive by Age 40.

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In a major city, you can buy your groceries at 3 AM, indulge your craving for shawarma at midnight, or see a movie before noon. In a small town, you might be hard-pressed to even buy a beer on Sunday.

Finding yourself hungry and running low on groceries in a small town leaves you with three options: get dressed and drive 30 minutes to the one diner that's still open, go hungry, or order pizza again. But do you know who doesn't seem to care? Your favorite stars. For proof, check out these 20 Celebs Who Shunned Hollywood for Small Town Life.

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You may not think you know everybody in your small town, but rest assured, somebody knows you—and your business. That time you made out with the drummer for that one band and didn't tell anybody? Yeah, the local pharmacist, all of your cousins, and your high school chemistry teacher somehow all know about it anyway. And when you want to reign in those gossipy impulses, discover these 20 Ways to Be Less Mean.

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When new people move to your small town, they often act like they're the first people to discover the place, much to the annoyance of locals. Just because you opened a coffee shop or fixed up an old house doesn't mean you essentially wrote the town charter, too.

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Want to have a few drinks in a local bar? Still haven't quit smoking? Occasionally spend the night at your ex's house? If you're in a small town, you know just how hard it is to hide any of those vices.

zstock / Shutterstock

If your town got some recent press coverage, prepare for seemingly non-stop construction. Suddenly, your quaint town will be overloaded with people building new businesses, fixing up old houses for months at a time, and making way for condo construction, making it virtually impossible for you to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time.

If you have kids in a small town, you know that they have two choices until they have their license: either stay at home or get toted around by you. A lack of walkability means that there's virtually nothing to do except get mom and dad to chauffeur them around until they're old enough to drive.

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Did you miss your small town's Memorial Day parade? You're definitely going to hear about it from somebody. While they may seem voluntary, attending certain small town events is more or less mandatory if you don't want to get some serious side-eye from your neighbors.

Shutterstock

If you're a newcomer to a small town, you might just find that you're not as welcome as you hoped. In fact, regardless of why you moved to a small town—even if your family has actually lived there for generations—don't be surprised when people look at you like an outsider.

Think big city congestion is bad? The streets of small towns aren't exactly equipped to have a dozen people stopping to Instagram every cute house or impressive Christmas lights display, and the resulting traffic can seriously slow things down.

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Making plans on a Friday night in a small town often means one of three things: go to a friend's house, go to a restaurant, or drive a ridiculously long time to do something actually fun in the closest city.

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"Aren't you Jim and Cathy's daughter?" Yes. Even if everyone in your small town doesn't know you by your name, they probably know your parents. If your parents have lived in town for some time, you'll forever be "so-and-so's kid" to older generations.

Shutterstock

You might be thrilled to have landed a great job in a small town, but that doesn't mean moving there is going to be easy, necessarily. Small towns generally have limited rental stock, and finding anything even remotely comparable to what you had in the city, whether that's an open-concept space or just a kitchen with granite counters, is often nearly impossible.

Parking in a city may be tough, but parking in a small town is often next-to-impossible. Not only is parking limited in most small towns as it is, if your town happens to have a weekender or tourist population, it might be virtually impossible to find anywhere to park your car, even at the supermarket.

Job hunting is never an easy process, but in a small town, it's virtually torture. In addition to limited employment prospects, wages tend to be significantly lower than they'd be in a big city, and you may even have to suffer the indignity of interviewing with that kid who always pushed you into lockers in high school.

Shutterstock

In a massive apartment building in Manhattan, you might not even know your next-door neighbor's name. In a small town, you not only know their name, their family history, and their kids' soccer schedule, but you're supposed to make small talk every time you see them.

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Knowing that your exes continue to exist post-breakup is annoying enough. However, living in the same small town as them means that you run into them constantly, whether you're at bars, shops, or your cousin's Christmas party.

Small town cops don't always have a lot on their plates in terms of local crime. Unfortunately, that means that someone's definitely watching—and eager to ticket you—when you accidentally go 35 in a 30.

Tinder doesn't help you much when there aren't very many people around. Also, if you're trying to impress a date in a small town, your options are often woefully limited. There's that one fancy restaurant, the diner, or that Chili's 30 minutes away.

Shutterstock

If a tree branch hits your power line in a small town, you'd better hope you had a backup generator at the ready. In many small towns, even a seemingly minor storm can mean the power's out for a week.

Sometimes, you just want to tell off a rude shopkeeper or honk your horn at someone driving like a fool. Unfortunately, in a small town, the person you do that to might just be the mayor, your boss's spouse, or your next door neighbor's kid, meaning you have virtually no choice but to always err on the side of extreme politeness.

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A lack of things for teenagers to do means one seriously annoying problem: kids loitering everywhere. Leave your car in a parking lot for 20 minutes and by the time you get back, there are some teenagers making out on the hood and a bunch of others blowing cotton candy-scented vape smoke in your face.

Shutterstock

Small town politics often bear little resemblance to bigger government. When only two people are running, you're sometimes left choosing the lesser of two evils. And sometimes, that person is still an unqualified idiot.

Shutterstock

If you still live in the small town you grew up in, you know the distinctly displeasure of running into your teachers everywhere you go. That date you're on with someone new? Buckle up for having to introduce them to your elementary school teacher.

Shutterstock

If you live in the city, the nearest museum or opera is probably just a hop, skip, and a jump away. If you want to enjoy similar cultural activities when you live in most small towns, prepare to spend a couple of hours in travel time getting to any major attraction.

Shutterstock

While there may be many downfalls to living in a small town, it can sometimes feel virtually impossible to leave your humble little hometown behind, too. Just when you think you'd be eager to go anywhere else, you realize all the people, places, and things about small town life you're going to miss when you go. And if you do decide to depart for greener pastures, check out The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, click here to sign up for our FREE daily newsletter!


30 Things That Always Annoy People in Small Towns

Whether your family's been there for generations or you left city life behind for more space and better schools, small towns are an integral part of America's fabric. In fact, while urban populations may be growing, more than one third of Americans call small towns home. And while the idea of moving to a small town may conjure images of idyllic pastoral living and a community so tight-knit it's practically family, not everything about small town life is as charming as it seems.

Before you start dreaming of ditching your city life behind and start searching for that perfect piece of small town property, make sure you know these 30 things that annoy people in small towns. And if you want to know what really drives people nuts in major cities, don't fret! We've got those, too. Just see these 30 Things That Always Annoy People in Cities.

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Those small town festivals and local carnivals may seem fun to outsiders, but ask anyone living in a small town and they'll tell you how annoying they can be. Adding 1000 extra cars to tiny streets and postage-stamp-sized municipal parking is a recipe for some seriously bad traffic.

Shutterstock

Are some small towns cute? Sure. However, when tourists descend on the place you live, work, shop, and generally do all the things people in urban areas do and dub everything in it "adorable," it's nothing short of patronizing. Seriously, the local gas station and that dilapidated house on the corner are not worthy of "oohs" and "aahs." And if you want a relaxing break from small town life, try out one of the 20 Most Zen Places on Earth.

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When you live in a big city, you get to enjoy the blissful anonymity of shopping at your local 24-hour supermarket in peace. In small towns, where your local grocery store is open for limited hours (and maybe not at all on Sunday), you will always run into somebody you know when you're in your PJs buying some embarrassing haul, like an industrial-sized jar of cheeseballs and a tabloid magazine.

Shutterstock

Want to be able to walk everywhere? Good luck finding that in a small town. In much of small town America, you have two choices: take the car wherever you go or just stay in. And when you want to make those hours behind the wheel more enjoyable, head for these 40 Roads Everyone Should Drive by Age 40.

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In a major city, you can buy your groceries at 3 AM, indulge your craving for shawarma at midnight, or see a movie before noon. In a small town, you might be hard-pressed to even buy a beer on Sunday.

Finding yourself hungry and running low on groceries in a small town leaves you with three options: get dressed and drive 30 minutes to the one diner that's still open, go hungry, or order pizza again. But do you know who doesn't seem to care? Your favorite stars. For proof, check out these 20 Celebs Who Shunned Hollywood for Small Town Life.

Shutterstock

You may not think you know everybody in your small town, but rest assured, somebody knows you—and your business. That time you made out with the drummer for that one band and didn't tell anybody? Yeah, the local pharmacist, all of your cousins, and your high school chemistry teacher somehow all know about it anyway. And when you want to reign in those gossipy impulses, discover these 20 Ways to Be Less Mean.

Shutterstock

When new people move to your small town, they often act like they're the first people to discover the place, much to the annoyance of locals. Just because you opened a coffee shop or fixed up an old house doesn't mean you essentially wrote the town charter, too.

Shutterstock

Want to have a few drinks in a local bar? Still haven't quit smoking? Occasionally spend the night at your ex's house? If you're in a small town, you know just how hard it is to hide any of those vices.

zstock / Shutterstock

If your town got some recent press coverage, prepare for seemingly non-stop construction. Suddenly, your quaint town will be overloaded with people building new businesses, fixing up old houses for months at a time, and making way for condo construction, making it virtually impossible for you to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time.

If you have kids in a small town, you know that they have two choices until they have their license: either stay at home or get toted around by you. A lack of walkability means that there's virtually nothing to do except get mom and dad to chauffeur them around until they're old enough to drive.

Shutterstock

Did you miss your small town's Memorial Day parade? You're definitely going to hear about it from somebody. While they may seem voluntary, attending certain small town events is more or less mandatory if you don't want to get some serious side-eye from your neighbors.

Shutterstock

If you're a newcomer to a small town, you might just find that you're not as welcome as you hoped. In fact, regardless of why you moved to a small town—even if your family has actually lived there for generations—don't be surprised when people look at you like an outsider.

Think big city congestion is bad? The streets of small towns aren't exactly equipped to have a dozen people stopping to Instagram every cute house or impressive Christmas lights display, and the resulting traffic can seriously slow things down.

Shutterstock

Making plans on a Friday night in a small town often means one of three things: go to a friend's house, go to a restaurant, or drive a ridiculously long time to do something actually fun in the closest city.

Shutterstock

"Aren't you Jim and Cathy's daughter?" Yes. Even if everyone in your small town doesn't know you by your name, they probably know your parents. If your parents have lived in town for some time, you'll forever be "so-and-so's kid" to older generations.

Shutterstock

You might be thrilled to have landed a great job in a small town, but that doesn't mean moving there is going to be easy, necessarily. Small towns generally have limited rental stock, and finding anything even remotely comparable to what you had in the city, whether that's an open-concept space or just a kitchen with granite counters, is often nearly impossible.

Parking in a city may be tough, but parking in a small town is often next-to-impossible. Not only is parking limited in most small towns as it is, if your town happens to have a weekender or tourist population, it might be virtually impossible to find anywhere to park your car, even at the supermarket.

Job hunting is never an easy process, but in a small town, it's virtually torture. In addition to limited employment prospects, wages tend to be significantly lower than they'd be in a big city, and you may even have to suffer the indignity of interviewing with that kid who always pushed you into lockers in high school.

Shutterstock

In a massive apartment building in Manhattan, you might not even know your next-door neighbor's name. In a small town, you not only know their name, their family history, and their kids' soccer schedule, but you're supposed to make small talk every time you see them.

Shutterstock

Knowing that your exes continue to exist post-breakup is annoying enough. However, living in the same small town as them means that you run into them constantly, whether you're at bars, shops, or your cousin's Christmas party.

Small town cops don't always have a lot on their plates in terms of local crime. Unfortunately, that means that someone's definitely watching—and eager to ticket you—when you accidentally go 35 in a 30.

Tinder doesn't help you much when there aren't very many people around. Also, if you're trying to impress a date in a small town, your options are often woefully limited. There's that one fancy restaurant, the diner, or that Chili's 30 minutes away.

Shutterstock

If a tree branch hits your power line in a small town, you'd better hope you had a backup generator at the ready. In many small towns, even a seemingly minor storm can mean the power's out for a week.

Sometimes, you just want to tell off a rude shopkeeper or honk your horn at someone driving like a fool. Unfortunately, in a small town, the person you do that to might just be the mayor, your boss's spouse, or your next door neighbor's kid, meaning you have virtually no choice but to always err on the side of extreme politeness.

Shutterstock

A lack of things for teenagers to do means one seriously annoying problem: kids loitering everywhere. Leave your car in a parking lot for 20 minutes and by the time you get back, there are some teenagers making out on the hood and a bunch of others blowing cotton candy-scented vape smoke in your face.

Shutterstock

Small town politics often bear little resemblance to bigger government. When only two people are running, you're sometimes left choosing the lesser of two evils. And sometimes, that person is still an unqualified idiot.

Shutterstock

If you still live in the small town you grew up in, you know the distinctly displeasure of running into your teachers everywhere you go. That date you're on with someone new? Buckle up for having to introduce them to your elementary school teacher.

Shutterstock

If you live in the city, the nearest museum or opera is probably just a hop, skip, and a jump away. If you want to enjoy similar cultural activities when you live in most small towns, prepare to spend a couple of hours in travel time getting to any major attraction.

Shutterstock

While there may be many downfalls to living in a small town, it can sometimes feel virtually impossible to leave your humble little hometown behind, too. Just when you think you'd be eager to go anywhere else, you realize all the people, places, and things about small town life you're going to miss when you go. And if you do decide to depart for greener pastures, check out The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, click here to sign up for our FREE daily newsletter!


30 Things That Always Annoy People in Small Towns

Whether your family's been there for generations or you left city life behind for more space and better schools, small towns are an integral part of America's fabric. In fact, while urban populations may be growing, more than one third of Americans call small towns home. And while the idea of moving to a small town may conjure images of idyllic pastoral living and a community so tight-knit it's practically family, not everything about small town life is as charming as it seems.

Before you start dreaming of ditching your city life behind and start searching for that perfect piece of small town property, make sure you know these 30 things that annoy people in small towns. And if you want to know what really drives people nuts in major cities, don't fret! We've got those, too. Just see these 30 Things That Always Annoy People in Cities.

Shutterstock

Those small town festivals and local carnivals may seem fun to outsiders, but ask anyone living in a small town and they'll tell you how annoying they can be. Adding 1000 extra cars to tiny streets and postage-stamp-sized municipal parking is a recipe for some seriously bad traffic.

Shutterstock

Are some small towns cute? Sure. However, when tourists descend on the place you live, work, shop, and generally do all the things people in urban areas do and dub everything in it "adorable," it's nothing short of patronizing. Seriously, the local gas station and that dilapidated house on the corner are not worthy of "oohs" and "aahs." And if you want a relaxing break from small town life, try out one of the 20 Most Zen Places on Earth.

Shutterstock

When you live in a big city, you get to enjoy the blissful anonymity of shopping at your local 24-hour supermarket in peace. In small towns, where your local grocery store is open for limited hours (and maybe not at all on Sunday), you will always run into somebody you know when you're in your PJs buying some embarrassing haul, like an industrial-sized jar of cheeseballs and a tabloid magazine.

Shutterstock

Want to be able to walk everywhere? Good luck finding that in a small town. In much of small town America, you have two choices: take the car wherever you go or just stay in. And when you want to make those hours behind the wheel more enjoyable, head for these 40 Roads Everyone Should Drive by Age 40.

Shutterstock

In a major city, you can buy your groceries at 3 AM, indulge your craving for shawarma at midnight, or see a movie before noon. In a small town, you might be hard-pressed to even buy a beer on Sunday.

Finding yourself hungry and running low on groceries in a small town leaves you with three options: get dressed and drive 30 minutes to the one diner that's still open, go hungry, or order pizza again. But do you know who doesn't seem to care? Your favorite stars. For proof, check out these 20 Celebs Who Shunned Hollywood for Small Town Life.

Shutterstock

You may not think you know everybody in your small town, but rest assured, somebody knows you—and your business. That time you made out with the drummer for that one band and didn't tell anybody? Yeah, the local pharmacist, all of your cousins, and your high school chemistry teacher somehow all know about it anyway. And when you want to reign in those gossipy impulses, discover these 20 Ways to Be Less Mean.

Shutterstock

When new people move to your small town, they often act like they're the first people to discover the place, much to the annoyance of locals. Just because you opened a coffee shop or fixed up an old house doesn't mean you essentially wrote the town charter, too.

Shutterstock

Want to have a few drinks in a local bar? Still haven't quit smoking? Occasionally spend the night at your ex's house? If you're in a small town, you know just how hard it is to hide any of those vices.

zstock / Shutterstock

If your town got some recent press coverage, prepare for seemingly non-stop construction. Suddenly, your quaint town will be overloaded with people building new businesses, fixing up old houses for months at a time, and making way for condo construction, making it virtually impossible for you to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time.

If you have kids in a small town, you know that they have two choices until they have their license: either stay at home or get toted around by you. A lack of walkability means that there's virtually nothing to do except get mom and dad to chauffeur them around until they're old enough to drive.

Shutterstock

Did you miss your small town's Memorial Day parade? You're definitely going to hear about it from somebody. While they may seem voluntary, attending certain small town events is more or less mandatory if you don't want to get some serious side-eye from your neighbors.

Shutterstock

If you're a newcomer to a small town, you might just find that you're not as welcome as you hoped. In fact, regardless of why you moved to a small town—even if your family has actually lived there for generations—don't be surprised when people look at you like an outsider.

Think big city congestion is bad? The streets of small towns aren't exactly equipped to have a dozen people stopping to Instagram every cute house or impressive Christmas lights display, and the resulting traffic can seriously slow things down.

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Making plans on a Friday night in a small town often means one of three things: go to a friend's house, go to a restaurant, or drive a ridiculously long time to do something actually fun in the closest city.

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"Aren't you Jim and Cathy's daughter?" Yes. Even if everyone in your small town doesn't know you by your name, they probably know your parents. If your parents have lived in town for some time, you'll forever be "so-and-so's kid" to older generations.

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You might be thrilled to have landed a great job in a small town, but that doesn't mean moving there is going to be easy, necessarily. Small towns generally have limited rental stock, and finding anything even remotely comparable to what you had in the city, whether that's an open-concept space or just a kitchen with granite counters, is often nearly impossible.

Parking in a city may be tough, but parking in a small town is often next-to-impossible. Not only is parking limited in most small towns as it is, if your town happens to have a weekender or tourist population, it might be virtually impossible to find anywhere to park your car, even at the supermarket.

Job hunting is never an easy process, but in a small town, it's virtually torture. In addition to limited employment prospects, wages tend to be significantly lower than they'd be in a big city, and you may even have to suffer the indignity of interviewing with that kid who always pushed you into lockers in high school.

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In a massive apartment building in Manhattan, you might not even know your next-door neighbor's name. In a small town, you not only know their name, their family history, and their kids' soccer schedule, but you're supposed to make small talk every time you see them.

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Knowing that your exes continue to exist post-breakup is annoying enough. However, living in the same small town as them means that you run into them constantly, whether you're at bars, shops, or your cousin's Christmas party.

Small town cops don't always have a lot on their plates in terms of local crime. Unfortunately, that means that someone's definitely watching—and eager to ticket you—when you accidentally go 35 in a 30.

Tinder doesn't help you much when there aren't very many people around. Also, if you're trying to impress a date in a small town, your options are often woefully limited. There's that one fancy restaurant, the diner, or that Chili's 30 minutes away.

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If a tree branch hits your power line in a small town, you'd better hope you had a backup generator at the ready. In many small towns, even a seemingly minor storm can mean the power's out for a week.

Sometimes, you just want to tell off a rude shopkeeper or honk your horn at someone driving like a fool. Unfortunately, in a small town, the person you do that to might just be the mayor, your boss's spouse, or your next door neighbor's kid, meaning you have virtually no choice but to always err on the side of extreme politeness.

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A lack of things for teenagers to do means one seriously annoying problem: kids loitering everywhere. Leave your car in a parking lot for 20 minutes and by the time you get back, there are some teenagers making out on the hood and a bunch of others blowing cotton candy-scented vape smoke in your face.

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Small town politics often bear little resemblance to bigger government. When only two people are running, you're sometimes left choosing the lesser of two evils. And sometimes, that person is still an unqualified idiot.

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If you still live in the small town you grew up in, you know the distinctly displeasure of running into your teachers everywhere you go. That date you're on with someone new? Buckle up for having to introduce them to your elementary school teacher.

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If you live in the city, the nearest museum or opera is probably just a hop, skip, and a jump away. If you want to enjoy similar cultural activities when you live in most small towns, prepare to spend a couple of hours in travel time getting to any major attraction.

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While there may be many downfalls to living in a small town, it can sometimes feel virtually impossible to leave your humble little hometown behind, too. Just when you think you'd be eager to go anywhere else, you realize all the people, places, and things about small town life you're going to miss when you go. And if you do decide to depart for greener pastures, check out The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

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30 Things That Always Annoy People in Small Towns

Whether your family's been there for generations or you left city life behind for more space and better schools, small towns are an integral part of America's fabric. In fact, while urban populations may be growing, more than one third of Americans call small towns home. And while the idea of moving to a small town may conjure images of idyllic pastoral living and a community so tight-knit it's practically family, not everything about small town life is as charming as it seems.

Before you start dreaming of ditching your city life behind and start searching for that perfect piece of small town property, make sure you know these 30 things that annoy people in small towns. And if you want to know what really drives people nuts in major cities, don't fret! We've got those, too. Just see these 30 Things That Always Annoy People in Cities.

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Those small town festivals and local carnivals may seem fun to outsiders, but ask anyone living in a small town and they'll tell you how annoying they can be. Adding 1000 extra cars to tiny streets and postage-stamp-sized municipal parking is a recipe for some seriously bad traffic.

Shutterstock

Are some small towns cute? Sure. However, when tourists descend on the place you live, work, shop, and generally do all the things people in urban areas do and dub everything in it "adorable," it's nothing short of patronizing. Seriously, the local gas station and that dilapidated house on the corner are not worthy of "oohs" and "aahs." And if you want a relaxing break from small town life, try out one of the 20 Most Zen Places on Earth.

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When you live in a big city, you get to enjoy the blissful anonymity of shopping at your local 24-hour supermarket in peace. In small towns, where your local grocery store is open for limited hours (and maybe not at all on Sunday), you will always run into somebody you know when you're in your PJs buying some embarrassing haul, like an industrial-sized jar of cheeseballs and a tabloid magazine.

Shutterstock

Want to be able to walk everywhere? Good luck finding that in a small town. In much of small town America, you have two choices: take the car wherever you go or just stay in. And when you want to make those hours behind the wheel more enjoyable, head for these 40 Roads Everyone Should Drive by Age 40.

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In a major city, you can buy your groceries at 3 AM, indulge your craving for shawarma at midnight, or see a movie before noon. In a small town, you might be hard-pressed to even buy a beer on Sunday.

Finding yourself hungry and running low on groceries in a small town leaves you with three options: get dressed and drive 30 minutes to the one diner that's still open, go hungry, or order pizza again. But do you know who doesn't seem to care? Your favorite stars. For proof, check out these 20 Celebs Who Shunned Hollywood for Small Town Life.

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You may not think you know everybody in your small town, but rest assured, somebody knows you—and your business. That time you made out with the drummer for that one band and didn't tell anybody? Yeah, the local pharmacist, all of your cousins, and your high school chemistry teacher somehow all know about it anyway. And when you want to reign in those gossipy impulses, discover these 20 Ways to Be Less Mean.

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When new people move to your small town, they often act like they're the first people to discover the place, much to the annoyance of locals. Just because you opened a coffee shop or fixed up an old house doesn't mean you essentially wrote the town charter, too.

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Want to have a few drinks in a local bar? Still haven't quit smoking? Occasionally spend the night at your ex's house? If you're in a small town, you know just how hard it is to hide any of those vices.

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If your town got some recent press coverage, prepare for seemingly non-stop construction. Suddenly, your quaint town will be overloaded with people building new businesses, fixing up old houses for months at a time, and making way for condo construction, making it virtually impossible for you to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time.

If you have kids in a small town, you know that they have two choices until they have their license: either stay at home or get toted around by you. A lack of walkability means that there's virtually nothing to do except get mom and dad to chauffeur them around until they're old enough to drive.

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Did you miss your small town's Memorial Day parade? You're definitely going to hear about it from somebody. While they may seem voluntary, attending certain small town events is more or less mandatory if you don't want to get some serious side-eye from your neighbors.

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If you're a newcomer to a small town, you might just find that you're not as welcome as you hoped. In fact, regardless of why you moved to a small town—even if your family has actually lived there for generations—don't be surprised when people look at you like an outsider.

Think big city congestion is bad? The streets of small towns aren't exactly equipped to have a dozen people stopping to Instagram every cute house or impressive Christmas lights display, and the resulting traffic can seriously slow things down.

Shutterstock

Making plans on a Friday night in a small town often means one of three things: go to a friend's house, go to a restaurant, or drive a ridiculously long time to do something actually fun in the closest city.

Shutterstock

"Aren't you Jim and Cathy's daughter?" Yes. Even if everyone in your small town doesn't know you by your name, they probably know your parents. If your parents have lived in town for some time, you'll forever be "so-and-so's kid" to older generations.

Shutterstock

You might be thrilled to have landed a great job in a small town, but that doesn't mean moving there is going to be easy, necessarily. Small towns generally have limited rental stock, and finding anything even remotely comparable to what you had in the city, whether that's an open-concept space or just a kitchen with granite counters, is often nearly impossible.

Parking in a city may be tough, but parking in a small town is often next-to-impossible. Not only is parking limited in most small towns as it is, if your town happens to have a weekender or tourist population, it might be virtually impossible to find anywhere to park your car, even at the supermarket.

Job hunting is never an easy process, but in a small town, it's virtually torture. In addition to limited employment prospects, wages tend to be significantly lower than they'd be in a big city, and you may even have to suffer the indignity of interviewing with that kid who always pushed you into lockers in high school.

Shutterstock

In a massive apartment building in Manhattan, you might not even know your next-door neighbor's name. In a small town, you not only know their name, their family history, and their kids' soccer schedule, but you're supposed to make small talk every time you see them.

Shutterstock

Knowing that your exes continue to exist post-breakup is annoying enough. However, living in the same small town as them means that you run into them constantly, whether you're at bars, shops, or your cousin's Christmas party.

Small town cops don't always have a lot on their plates in terms of local crime. Unfortunately, that means that someone's definitely watching—and eager to ticket you—when you accidentally go 35 in a 30.

Tinder doesn't help you much when there aren't very many people around. Also, if you're trying to impress a date in a small town, your options are often woefully limited. There's that one fancy restaurant, the diner, or that Chili's 30 minutes away.

Shutterstock

If a tree branch hits your power line in a small town, you'd better hope you had a backup generator at the ready. In many small towns, even a seemingly minor storm can mean the power's out for a week.

Sometimes, you just want to tell off a rude shopkeeper or honk your horn at someone driving like a fool. Unfortunately, in a small town, the person you do that to might just be the mayor, your boss's spouse, or your next door neighbor's kid, meaning you have virtually no choice but to always err on the side of extreme politeness.

Shutterstock

A lack of things for teenagers to do means one seriously annoying problem: kids loitering everywhere. Leave your car in a parking lot for 20 minutes and by the time you get back, there are some teenagers making out on the hood and a bunch of others blowing cotton candy-scented vape smoke in your face.

Shutterstock

Small town politics often bear little resemblance to bigger government. When only two people are running, you're sometimes left choosing the lesser of two evils. And sometimes, that person is still an unqualified idiot.

Shutterstock

If you still live in the small town you grew up in, you know the distinctly displeasure of running into your teachers everywhere you go. That date you're on with someone new? Buckle up for having to introduce them to your elementary school teacher.

Shutterstock

If you live in the city, the nearest museum or opera is probably just a hop, skip, and a jump away. If you want to enjoy similar cultural activities when you live in most small towns, prepare to spend a couple of hours in travel time getting to any major attraction.

Shutterstock

While there may be many downfalls to living in a small town, it can sometimes feel virtually impossible to leave your humble little hometown behind, too. Just when you think you'd be eager to go anywhere else, you realize all the people, places, and things about small town life you're going to miss when you go. And if you do decide to depart for greener pastures, check out The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, click here to sign up for our FREE daily newsletter!


30 Things That Always Annoy People in Small Towns

Whether your family's been there for generations or you left city life behind for more space and better schools, small towns are an integral part of America's fabric. In fact, while urban populations may be growing, more than one third of Americans call small towns home. And while the idea of moving to a small town may conjure images of idyllic pastoral living and a community so tight-knit it's practically family, not everything about small town life is as charming as it seems.

Before you start dreaming of ditching your city life behind and start searching for that perfect piece of small town property, make sure you know these 30 things that annoy people in small towns. And if you want to know what really drives people nuts in major cities, don't fret! We've got those, too. Just see these 30 Things That Always Annoy People in Cities.

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Those small town festivals and local carnivals may seem fun to outsiders, but ask anyone living in a small town and they'll tell you how annoying they can be. Adding 1000 extra cars to tiny streets and postage-stamp-sized municipal parking is a recipe for some seriously bad traffic.

Shutterstock

Are some small towns cute? Sure. However, when tourists descend on the place you live, work, shop, and generally do all the things people in urban areas do and dub everything in it "adorable," it's nothing short of patronizing. Seriously, the local gas station and that dilapidated house on the corner are not worthy of "oohs" and "aahs." And if you want a relaxing break from small town life, try out one of the 20 Most Zen Places on Earth.

Shutterstock

When you live in a big city, you get to enjoy the blissful anonymity of shopping at your local 24-hour supermarket in peace. In small towns, where your local grocery store is open for limited hours (and maybe not at all on Sunday), you will always run into somebody you know when you're in your PJs buying some embarrassing haul, like an industrial-sized jar of cheeseballs and a tabloid magazine.

Shutterstock

Want to be able to walk everywhere? Good luck finding that in a small town. In much of small town America, you have two choices: take the car wherever you go or just stay in. And when you want to make those hours behind the wheel more enjoyable, head for these 40 Roads Everyone Should Drive by Age 40.

Shutterstock

In a major city, you can buy your groceries at 3 AM, indulge your craving for shawarma at midnight, or see a movie before noon. In a small town, you might be hard-pressed to even buy a beer on Sunday.

Finding yourself hungry and running low on groceries in a small town leaves you with three options: get dressed and drive 30 minutes to the one diner that's still open, go hungry, or order pizza again. But do you know who doesn't seem to care? Your favorite stars. For proof, check out these 20 Celebs Who Shunned Hollywood for Small Town Life.

Shutterstock

You may not think you know everybody in your small town, but rest assured, somebody knows you—and your business. That time you made out with the drummer for that one band and didn't tell anybody? Yeah, the local pharmacist, all of your cousins, and your high school chemistry teacher somehow all know about it anyway. And when you want to reign in those gossipy impulses, discover these 20 Ways to Be Less Mean.

Shutterstock

When new people move to your small town, they often act like they're the first people to discover the place, much to the annoyance of locals. Just because you opened a coffee shop or fixed up an old house doesn't mean you essentially wrote the town charter, too.

Shutterstock

Want to have a few drinks in a local bar? Still haven't quit smoking? Occasionally spend the night at your ex's house? If you're in a small town, you know just how hard it is to hide any of those vices.

zstock / Shutterstock

If your town got some recent press coverage, prepare for seemingly non-stop construction. Suddenly, your quaint town will be overloaded with people building new businesses, fixing up old houses for months at a time, and making way for condo construction, making it virtually impossible for you to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time.

If you have kids in a small town, you know that they have two choices until they have their license: either stay at home or get toted around by you. A lack of walkability means that there's virtually nothing to do except get mom and dad to chauffeur them around until they're old enough to drive.

Shutterstock

Did you miss your small town's Memorial Day parade? You're definitely going to hear about it from somebody. While they may seem voluntary, attending certain small town events is more or less mandatory if you don't want to get some serious side-eye from your neighbors.

Shutterstock

If you're a newcomer to a small town, you might just find that you're not as welcome as you hoped. In fact, regardless of why you moved to a small town—even if your family has actually lived there for generations—don't be surprised when people look at you like an outsider.

Think big city congestion is bad? The streets of small towns aren't exactly equipped to have a dozen people stopping to Instagram every cute house or impressive Christmas lights display, and the resulting traffic can seriously slow things down.

Shutterstock

Making plans on a Friday night in a small town often means one of three things: go to a friend's house, go to a restaurant, or drive a ridiculously long time to do something actually fun in the closest city.

Shutterstock

"Aren't you Jim and Cathy's daughter?" Yes. Even if everyone in your small town doesn't know you by your name, they probably know your parents. If your parents have lived in town for some time, you'll forever be "so-and-so's kid" to older generations.

Shutterstock

You might be thrilled to have landed a great job in a small town, but that doesn't mean moving there is going to be easy, necessarily. Small towns generally have limited rental stock, and finding anything even remotely comparable to what you had in the city, whether that's an open-concept space or just a kitchen with granite counters, is often nearly impossible.

Parking in a city may be tough, but parking in a small town is often next-to-impossible. Not only is parking limited in most small towns as it is, if your town happens to have a weekender or tourist population, it might be virtually impossible to find anywhere to park your car, even at the supermarket.

Job hunting is never an easy process, but in a small town, it's virtually torture. In addition to limited employment prospects, wages tend to be significantly lower than they'd be in a big city, and you may even have to suffer the indignity of interviewing with that kid who always pushed you into lockers in high school.

Shutterstock

In a massive apartment building in Manhattan, you might not even know your next-door neighbor's name. In a small town, you not only know their name, their family history, and their kids' soccer schedule, but you're supposed to make small talk every time you see them.

Shutterstock

Knowing that your exes continue to exist post-breakup is annoying enough. However, living in the same small town as them means that you run into them constantly, whether you're at bars, shops, or your cousin's Christmas party.

Small town cops don't always have a lot on their plates in terms of local crime. Unfortunately, that means that someone's definitely watching—and eager to ticket you—when you accidentally go 35 in a 30.

Tinder doesn't help you much when there aren't very many people around. Also, if you're trying to impress a date in a small town, your options are often woefully limited. There's that one fancy restaurant, the diner, or that Chili's 30 minutes away.

Shutterstock

If a tree branch hits your power line in a small town, you'd better hope you had a backup generator at the ready. In many small towns, even a seemingly minor storm can mean the power's out for a week.

Sometimes, you just want to tell off a rude shopkeeper or honk your horn at someone driving like a fool. Unfortunately, in a small town, the person you do that to might just be the mayor, your boss's spouse, or your next door neighbor's kid, meaning you have virtually no choice but to always err on the side of extreme politeness.

Shutterstock

A lack of things for teenagers to do means one seriously annoying problem: kids loitering everywhere. Leave your car in a parking lot for 20 minutes and by the time you get back, there are some teenagers making out on the hood and a bunch of others blowing cotton candy-scented vape smoke in your face.

Shutterstock

Small town politics often bear little resemblance to bigger government. When only two people are running, you're sometimes left choosing the lesser of two evils. And sometimes, that person is still an unqualified idiot.

Shutterstock

If you still live in the small town you grew up in, you know the distinctly displeasure of running into your teachers everywhere you go. That date you're on with someone new? Buckle up for having to introduce them to your elementary school teacher.

Shutterstock

If you live in the city, the nearest museum or opera is probably just a hop, skip, and a jump away. If you want to enjoy similar cultural activities when you live in most small towns, prepare to spend a couple of hours in travel time getting to any major attraction.

Shutterstock

While there may be many downfalls to living in a small town, it can sometimes feel virtually impossible to leave your humble little hometown behind, too. Just when you think you'd be eager to go anywhere else, you realize all the people, places, and things about small town life you're going to miss when you go. And if you do decide to depart for greener pastures, check out The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, click here to sign up for our FREE daily newsletter!


30 Things That Always Annoy People in Small Towns

Whether your family's been there for generations or you left city life behind for more space and better schools, small towns are an integral part of America's fabric. In fact, while urban populations may be growing, more than one third of Americans call small towns home. And while the idea of moving to a small town may conjure images of idyllic pastoral living and a community so tight-knit it's practically family, not everything about small town life is as charming as it seems.

Before you start dreaming of ditching your city life behind and start searching for that perfect piece of small town property, make sure you know these 30 things that annoy people in small towns. And if you want to know what really drives people nuts in major cities, don't fret! We've got those, too. Just see these 30 Things That Always Annoy People in Cities.

Shutterstock

Those small town festivals and local carnivals may seem fun to outsiders, but ask anyone living in a small town and they'll tell you how annoying they can be. Adding 1000 extra cars to tiny streets and postage-stamp-sized municipal parking is a recipe for some seriously bad traffic.

Shutterstock

Are some small towns cute? Sure. However, when tourists descend on the place you live, work, shop, and generally do all the things people in urban areas do and dub everything in it "adorable," it's nothing short of patronizing. Seriously, the local gas station and that dilapidated house on the corner are not worthy of "oohs" and "aahs." And if you want a relaxing break from small town life, try out one of the 20 Most Zen Places on Earth.

Shutterstock

When you live in a big city, you get to enjoy the blissful anonymity of shopping at your local 24-hour supermarket in peace. In small towns, where your local grocery store is open for limited hours (and maybe not at all on Sunday), you will always run into somebody you know when you're in your PJs buying some embarrassing haul, like an industrial-sized jar of cheeseballs and a tabloid magazine.

Shutterstock

Want to be able to walk everywhere? Good luck finding that in a small town. In much of small town America, you have two choices: take the car wherever you go or just stay in. And when you want to make those hours behind the wheel more enjoyable, head for these 40 Roads Everyone Should Drive by Age 40.

Shutterstock

In a major city, you can buy your groceries at 3 AM, indulge your craving for shawarma at midnight, or see a movie before noon. In a small town, you might be hard-pressed to even buy a beer on Sunday.

Finding yourself hungry and running low on groceries in a small town leaves you with three options: get dressed and drive 30 minutes to the one diner that's still open, go hungry, or order pizza again. But do you know who doesn't seem to care? Your favorite stars. For proof, check out these 20 Celebs Who Shunned Hollywood for Small Town Life.

Shutterstock

You may not think you know everybody in your small town, but rest assured, somebody knows you—and your business. That time you made out with the drummer for that one band and didn't tell anybody? Yeah, the local pharmacist, all of your cousins, and your high school chemistry teacher somehow all know about it anyway. And when you want to reign in those gossipy impulses, discover these 20 Ways to Be Less Mean.

Shutterstock

When new people move to your small town, they often act like they're the first people to discover the place, much to the annoyance of locals. Just because you opened a coffee shop or fixed up an old house doesn't mean you essentially wrote the town charter, too.

Shutterstock

Want to have a few drinks in a local bar? Still haven't quit smoking? Occasionally spend the night at your ex's house? If you're in a small town, you know just how hard it is to hide any of those vices.

zstock / Shutterstock

If your town got some recent press coverage, prepare for seemingly non-stop construction. Suddenly, your quaint town will be overloaded with people building new businesses, fixing up old houses for months at a time, and making way for condo construction, making it virtually impossible for you to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time.

If you have kids in a small town, you know that they have two choices until they have their license: either stay at home or get toted around by you. A lack of walkability means that there's virtually nothing to do except get mom and dad to chauffeur them around until they're old enough to drive.

Shutterstock

Did you miss your small town's Memorial Day parade? You're definitely going to hear about it from somebody. While they may seem voluntary, attending certain small town events is more or less mandatory if you don't want to get some serious side-eye from your neighbors.

Shutterstock

If you're a newcomer to a small town, you might just find that you're not as welcome as you hoped. In fact, regardless of why you moved to a small town—even if your family has actually lived there for generations—don't be surprised when people look at you like an outsider.

Think big city congestion is bad? The streets of small towns aren't exactly equipped to have a dozen people stopping to Instagram every cute house or impressive Christmas lights display, and the resulting traffic can seriously slow things down.

Shutterstock

Making plans on a Friday night in a small town often means one of three things: go to a friend's house, go to a restaurant, or drive a ridiculously long time to do something actually fun in the closest city.

Shutterstock

"Aren't you Jim and Cathy's daughter?" Yes. Even if everyone in your small town doesn't know you by your name, they probably know your parents. If your parents have lived in town for some time, you'll forever be "so-and-so's kid" to older generations.

Shutterstock

You might be thrilled to have landed a great job in a small town, but that doesn't mean moving there is going to be easy, necessarily. Small towns generally have limited rental stock, and finding anything even remotely comparable to what you had in the city, whether that's an open-concept space or just a kitchen with granite counters, is often nearly impossible.

Parking in a city may be tough, but parking in a small town is often next-to-impossible. Not only is parking limited in most small towns as it is, if your town happens to have a weekender or tourist population, it might be virtually impossible to find anywhere to park your car, even at the supermarket.

Job hunting is never an easy process, but in a small town, it's virtually torture. In addition to limited employment prospects, wages tend to be significantly lower than they'd be in a big city, and you may even have to suffer the indignity of interviewing with that kid who always pushed you into lockers in high school.

Shutterstock

In a massive apartment building in Manhattan, you might not even know your next-door neighbor's name. In a small town, you not only know their name, their family history, and their kids' soccer schedule, but you're supposed to make small talk every time you see them.

Shutterstock

Knowing that your exes continue to exist post-breakup is annoying enough. However, living in the same small town as them means that you run into them constantly, whether you're at bars, shops, or your cousin's Christmas party.

Small town cops don't always have a lot on their plates in terms of local crime. Unfortunately, that means that someone's definitely watching—and eager to ticket you—when you accidentally go 35 in a 30.

Tinder doesn't help you much when there aren't very many people around. Also, if you're trying to impress a date in a small town, your options are often woefully limited. There's that one fancy restaurant, the diner, or that Chili's 30 minutes away.

Shutterstock

If a tree branch hits your power line in a small town, you'd better hope you had a backup generator at the ready. In many small towns, even a seemingly minor storm can mean the power's out for a week.

Sometimes, you just want to tell off a rude shopkeeper or honk your horn at someone driving like a fool. Unfortunately, in a small town, the person you do that to might just be the mayor, your boss's spouse, or your next door neighbor's kid, meaning you have virtually no choice but to always err on the side of extreme politeness.

Shutterstock

A lack of things for teenagers to do means one seriously annoying problem: kids loitering everywhere. Leave your car in a parking lot for 20 minutes and by the time you get back, there are some teenagers making out on the hood and a bunch of others blowing cotton candy-scented vape smoke in your face.

Shutterstock

Small town politics often bear little resemblance to bigger government. When only two people are running, you're sometimes left choosing the lesser of two evils. And sometimes, that person is still an unqualified idiot.

Shutterstock

If you still live in the small town you grew up in, you know the distinctly displeasure of running into your teachers everywhere you go. That date you're on with someone new? Buckle up for having to introduce them to your elementary school teacher.

Shutterstock

If you live in the city, the nearest museum or opera is probably just a hop, skip, and a jump away. If you want to enjoy similar cultural activities when you live in most small towns, prepare to spend a couple of hours in travel time getting to any major attraction.

Shutterstock

While there may be many downfalls to living in a small town, it can sometimes feel virtually impossible to leave your humble little hometown behind, too. Just when you think you'd be eager to go anywhere else, you realize all the people, places, and things about small town life you're going to miss when you go. And if you do decide to depart for greener pastures, check out The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

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