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Small town America

If you ever have the chance to bike (or drive) through small town America, you will be astounded as to how much of the American population lives in towns of 1,000 people or less. As opposed to Colorado, (where all of the town welcome signs have the elevation!), most states we biked through pronounce their population (which was current after the 2000 census), and their city motto. Alta is “A nice place to call home”, another town we passed through was “Simply the best place to be.” If they don’t have a motto, they post the most interesting thing about their town. Hastings, NE, is the “Birthplace of Cool-aid”, or Clarinda, Iowa, is “The home of Glenn Miller.”

Thank you to Diagonal, Iowa, a town of 312, who let us sleep in public, under the water tower, out of the rain.

As we were leaving Humeston, Iowa, a town of 543 ”Where things get done!” (http://www.humestoniowa.com/default.html), the local Humeston Ledger reported drove up behind us and interviewed us. We learned that the reporter came from an incorporated town outside of Humeston of 13 people. With children and neighbors moving out, the population decreased from 35 to 13 in the past 20 years. Once they run out of money, (currently around $17,000), they become an unincorporated area and part of the larger town of Humeston. Hmmm..interesting. I need to learn more about what the difference is between a city, a town, an area, a region, etc. Is it dependent on legal terms or individual’s perception of population?


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