10 Reasons I Love Living in a Small Town

A bank sign in Childress

For the last half of my life I’ve lived in communities with a population under 7,000.  There are both advantages and disadvantages to living in a small town. I personally think that the pros outweigh the cons. Here are a few things I love about living in a small town…

  1. I love that in a small town, you’re one big family. Lea said it best when she said, “In a small town you’re one big family, but in a large city you’re just a face in a sea of faces.”
  2. It literally takes me 5 minutes or less to get anywhere in town.
  3. Traffic is a minimum. Only once in the past 8 years have I had to sit through a light twice because of traffic.
  4. You know everyone and everyone knows you. With a little work you can get to know everyone in the community. On the other hand, “everyone knowing you” means you have to act right, drive right and live right.
  5. Everyone reaches out to help others. When a tornado blows through, everyone comes out to clean up one another’s mess. When someone in the community falls sick, everyone jumps on board to reach out to the family. It’s not unusual to see banks signs displaying the time, temperature and who from the community they’re praying for. When we started our Augment house (Extreme Home Makeover) there were hundreds of people from the community that showed up to help work.
  6. When you go eat out, you know everyone in the restaurant. I’m able to make lots of visits while going to eat out. In fact, one restaurant in town has a couple of big tables where you come in and just sit down with some other people from the community. Again on the other hand, this can be a bad thing too. Going on a date with your wife can be a little tough, when you’re trying to have a quiet dinner with your wife and a man pulls up a chair to your table and stays for a 40 minute visit. It’s not unusual for Lea and I to occasionally ask for a table back in a corner where we can hide out. :)
  7. Going to the store is always a social event. Everyone there is someone you now and need to visit with. Lea often sends me out with a shopping list of 2 or 3 things, an hour later I return and she asks what took so long? My response is always the same, “There were lots of people that wanted to stop and talk.”
  8. I love ministering to the whole community. My ministry goes way beyond my congregation. When you know everyone in town, your ministry branches out to everyone.
  9. Small town people are the friendliest people anywhere. I can’t walk to or from my office without someone stopping to see if I need a ride.
  10. I like raising my kids in a small town because I know all their teachers and their friends.

What do you like about the town you’re living in?

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Article by Trey Morgan

I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Glenna Garcia says:

    You said it all Trey! There is nothing like small town living. I love Childress.

  2. Scott McCown says:

    Small town? Childress is 7 times bigger than Oakman, AL where I live and 5 times bigger than the town where the church I work with is (Parrish, AL). How do you manage living is such a big city?

    Seriously, thanks for saying everything about why small towns are great places to live and raise a family. What you say is exactly why we live and work were we do.

  3. debbie fleming says:

    as you pointed out small towns are great everybody knows everybody on first name basis. i always told my girls and my nephews if you think you can get by with anything think again i know all your teachers some i had in high school better be careful might be telling my age. i live in a small town to but, probably much smaller than childress. i think my grandma knew everybody in childress because people was always stopping her on the street and i was like ok lets just leave me being a kid. i dont know population there now but, imagine it has grew.

  4. debbie fleming says:

    a thought i forgot to mention when we visited grandma and grandpa they lived next to the railroad tracks it was nothing to get woke up at 4 am i would get so mad thinking who gets up at 4 am little did i know then lol!

  5. Jenny Close says:

    This is great, Trey! I love small towns, too. But, I am thinking that you might not get many visitors to your restaurant table after this! LOL!

  6. Ray Reavis says:

    I pastor in a town of about 400 people, and I love it. I’ll admit, it has taken some getting used to. Not that I have anything I want to hide, but it was unsettling at first when from talking to people it became apparent everyone knew when I mowed the grass (or didn’t), went out to eat, or whatever. But just yesterday I was walking from home to the church office and had an impromptu conversation with a couple of men from the community who were leaving one of the town’s two restaurants.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Ray, that is definitely small town life that you described. Everyone knowing everything is both a pro and a con. I recently was speaking at a marriage conference and a man asked for one of my business cards. I apologized and told him I hadn’t carried any in a long time. He asked me, “Then how do people get a hold of you if they need to find you?” I told him, “It’s a small town. They just pick up the phone or stop by the house.” :)

  7. Jeff Slater says:

    I live in a small town, and there is much I like about it (many of the same things you mentioned). Of course, there are also things I don’t like.

    But I was born in a big city (Detroit) and raised in the nearby suburbs, so that is what I prefer. My dream is to lead an inner city ministry in Detroit that helps the poor, and live in a downtown loft apartment.

  8. Linda says:

    I too grew up in a small town of 7,000 and didn’t care for it as a child because if I ever crossed the line, my parents knew before I even got home. Now, looking back as an adult I realize it was a perfect place to grow up. After I got out of college I lived in a small town and as a single young woman everyone was in my business, but that’s just how it was.I also charge at the grocery store if I forgot my checkbook. Sure can’t do that in a large city.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Great point, Linda. You can sure keep up with your kids in a small town. We were blessed to know all our kid’s friends that they hung out with … and their parents too. And no, it’s not uncommon to run in to Lotts Home Center, grab something off the shelf and holler, “Hey, send me a bill on this.”

  9. There are things I love about living in a small town. I lived in towns where the population was 1,000 and 35, 000. Up in the mountains…35,000 isn’t really that huge.

    I am trying to get re-acclamated to living in small town after being gone for more than 9 years! I thought I was doing good when I upgraded from 1,000 to 35,000…apparently not! I still can’t get used to everyone wanting to know my business!

    God help me with this…I’m feeling trapped in a Beautiful Mountainous Place! I’m afraid to sneeze for fear of how that may be interpreted! lol

  10. Vicki says:

    Well said Trey, I love small towns too.

  11. Greg England says:

    Grew up in a small town, but haven’t lived in one for decades. When my mother died a few years ago (small town), over 1,500 people came by to see us! That’s small town. You make me want to live in a small town again … even preach in a small town. But that’s probably never going to happen. If you decide to leave there, let me be the first to know, and highly recommend me for the job there!!

  12. L.C.T. says:

    Yeah my town is tiny too but sometimes the ‘can’t go anywhere without seeing someone you know’ is tiring!!

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  14. suzi hodges says:

    coming from New York City a small town is a whole new way of life. You are so right and so is Lea. You are just a number in a sea of faces. In a small town it is awesome to see how people really pull together. I have never seen that before, it still amazes me. The other thing I like is my Pastor and my church and how they come together for anybody in need. It is an amazing experience that I do not know if I will ever get used to. We are truly a community in every sense of the word.
    P.S. I saw the bank sign, that is awesome.

  15. Philip Camp says:

    Love small towns! My small town has No rush hour traffic like the big city, but we do have Rush Minute traffic twice a day– from 7:45 to 7:46 am and from 3:30-3:31, and it’s curiously centralized right in the school zones–

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Philip … how could I ever forget about small town rush hour (more like rush half-hour). The only traffic see is when everyone is dropping off or picking up their kids from school. The 4-way stop really slows life down in the mornings. :)

      Tell your family I said, “Hello.”

  16. vanilla says:

    It’s been over 50 years since I lived any place bigger than your town. Small town life is real living; let the cities have whatever it is that they have!

  17. We love living in a small town too, Skiatook OK, about the same size as yours. It’s not quite small enough to know everyone, but we do know many, (we have only been here for about five years) even if it is only ‘casual’. We know all the folks at our favorite Mexican Restaurant and they know us. Just this week I made a big batch of my fresh HOT salsa and delivered some to our dentist and staff and some to the Mexican Restaurant. I love doing things like that and it is always appreciated by the ones I take it too. When we visit the bank or the post office no one has to ask our name, they know who we are.

    When we retired on 2004 we were still living in CA and we were really tired of the fast pace. Larry was born and raised in CA and never lived anywhere else. I was born in Shawnee OK and left OK when I was 12 to move to CA. That is where I stayed until we retired. After 44 years in CA I was considered a transplant. :)
    We plan on this being our final “earthly” place. We love it here!!

    Perhaps in another five years we will know just about everyone.

  18. Sarah S. says:

    *sigh*… this makes me sad as my life feels as if the Lord is leading our family out of our larger-than-Childress small-ish town to a really large area. I do love my little neighborhood that operates like a small town. We stay all up in everybody’s biz-ness! Sooooo … does Childress have a job for my husband… :-)

  19. Marc Tindall says:

    We don’t have any traffic signals (not even street names) in Santa Ana – but, we do sometimes have pigs walking down the only paved road.

  20. Tish says:

    I wouldn’t trade small town living. I love being able to call the florist and order flowers for a funeral when I am a hundred miles away and they know just what I like, how much I typically spend, how to SPELL my name, and then send me a bill. I also enjoy the extra eyes on my kids and knowing there are people watching over them that love them. I love the feeling of family at the birth of a baby, death of a friend or family member, the hospitality after and during an illness, and the love and support extended when things are tough. Small towns are the greatest place to live!!!!

  21. Joe says:

    My first job out of college was in a small town, and I learned to love it. Then moved to Denver, and then to another small town in Arkansas. Lived there long enough to become part of the community, and when I left there it was the first time I ever felt like I was leaving home (and I was 40 years old). I love the place and church family we have now, but I still miss that small town.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Joe, We were talking about you this weekend. We were cutting wood over our heads at the Extreme Home Makeover house and trying to keep it out of our eyes. I told my friend, “Sure wish I’d have told Joe to send those safety glasses.” :)

  22. Our town was 11K when we arrived 34 years ago; it’s almost quadrupled now. But, it still feels small to me. It’s rare to go anywhere in town and not meet someone I know. I agree with all 10 of your reasons. Having lived in Houston, I doubly-agree! LOL!

  23. tom says:


    This prayer is from Jesus that we may hear from Him, that He may speak to our hearts. It only consist of three simple steps.

    1) We need to read one scripture. This will focus us in the word that brings everlasting life.

    2) Since this prayer is from Jesus we need to direct our prayer to Him personally. Too often Christian focuses they’re prayer’s to G_D the father. Scripture proclaims that Jesus should be the focus of our prayer.

    3) The simplest part of this Prayer is to ask Jesus one question. Please, all that is required for this question is that it should be simple. Let Jesus Himself finish the question when He gives you that understanding through this prayer.

    The PRAYER

    The scripture that is the focus of this prayer is “ACTS 2:38″. It’s not necessary to do any study into this scripture. Jesus Himself will bestow the understanding that will resonate in your heart. Just read Acts 2:38, keep it in your heart and take this one scripture to prayer

    The most important part of this prayer is that we need to direct our prayer directly to Jesus. If you normally would say Father in your prayer, change your focus from the Father to Christ Jesus, by lifting Jesus name up every time you would normally use Father in your prayer.

    Maybe the hardest part of this prayer is the question that we need to ask Jesus. For man as we are, always trying to understand the question instead of listening to the answer. The simplest question is all that is required.

    Simply ask Jesus ‘WHY’

    For those who are obedient

  24. tom says:

    quick story about small towns. I’m from Pa., Philadelphia suburbs A jam can take a 20 mile commute over 2 hours. My relatives live in Iowa in a large city for the mid west Fort Dodge. one day had to drive into town with one of my cousins, it was morning and would be rush hour for us in Pa. My cousin commented on how many people were on the road. Looked around and to me the traffic was non existing. As we were entering Fort Dodge they were setting up some construction equipment to perform some road work, We passed it fine but our way back they had a flag man out and traffic was building one the opposite side of the road. When my cousin exclaimed “oh my those poor people in that traffic jam”. There was probably no more then 10 or at most 15 cars in line waiting for the next turn of the flag.

    Traffic is nothing more then what you find acceptable through conditioning.

  25. Dave says:

    Hi Trey,

    My first located work was in a small community in eastern Ohio. The entire county had only 3 traffic lights….two of those only ‘blinked’ a yellow caution light. One day I went into the bank and the teller asked how my root canal went! I hardly knew the woman…and we both had a good laugh about how ‘news’ travels in small towns. (true story…)

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