The 10 Most Exciting Small Cities In America

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    Apr 30, 2014 8:08 PM GMT
    1. Hoboken NJ
    2. LaCrosse WI
    3. Chapel Hill NC
    4. Lancaster PA
    5. New Brunswick NJ
    6. Manhattan KS
    7. Lakewood OH
    8. Royal Oak MI
    9. San Marcos TX
    10. Sarasota FL

    http://www.businessinsider.com/the-10-most-exciting-small-cities-in-america-2013-12

    For half the year, I live in #8. It is a great city, but like many of these cities on the list, it is not really a stand-alone city, but part of a much larger metropolitan area.
  • BillandChuck

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    Apr 30, 2014 11:11 PM GMT
    Accent on SMALL cities, but many are virtual suburbs of a larger city (to wit: Hoboken and Lakewood for two obvious ones) or part of a larger metropolitan area of many cities run together, as the OP mentioned. All we know for certain is that neither of the two cities we live in --- Kapolei or Toms River --- are exciting, much less the most exciting! So we don't feel unfairly left off the list! icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 30, 2014 11:12 PM GMT
    I got the best slice of pizza in my entire life in Manhattan, KS. Wouldn't call it an "exciting" small city though.
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    Apr 30, 2014 11:17 PM GMT
    But they're all in the USA. There must be lots of exciting American cities outside of the USA.
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    Apr 30, 2014 11:24 PM GMT
    I'm a few blocks from Hoboken. It's like an unofficial neighborhood of Manhattan or Brooklyn full of yuppies and hipsters tbh. It has the more bars per square mile than anywhere else in the country.
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    May 01, 2014 6:31 AM GMT
    But for the population, I'd add my own city, Lowell MA.
    Our population exceeds the study criteria of 50-60K. Lowell is just over 100K
    It's a racially diverse and multicultural population, whose residents celebrate it's immigrant history, new and old.

    It sports a vibrant night life, numerous high end to medium restaurants, caf├ęs and bars (and yes a couple of fast food places too, but they are few in comparison) An urban national park, a centrally located DI university, several world class sports arenas, music and theater venues, museams, parks, and pretty much all within walking distance. It has a huge artist community (basically Boston north) and a great gay community (the hallmark of any great city). We are the home of the second largest high school in MA and the oldest public co-ed high school in the nation. We value our roots, celebrate our diversity and welcome all.

    We have trolleys year round, extensive public transportation, and commuter rail. We are within 30 minutes to 3 major airports, we are well within an hour to most popular Ocean beaches and within 2 hours to most of the best winter sports in New England.

    We are a mill city with a system of canals at the confluence of two large rivers one of which has world class white water rafting right in the downtown! We host the largest annual free folk festival in summer and the human dog sled world championships in the winter. And as we are prone to say: "Welcome to Lowell!"
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    May 01, 2014 10:21 AM GMT
    Iceblink said1. Hoboken NJ


    Frank would be pleased.
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    May 01, 2014 2:53 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said
    Iceblink said1. Hoboken NJ


    Frank would be pleased.

    AH The Chairman. Treasures is on the house speakers as we speak.... er, type. icon_lol.gif
  • tj85016

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    May 01, 2014 3:25 PM GMT
    Montclair, NJ is a very gay town also, has been for years
  • WhoDey

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    May 01, 2014 4:12 PM GMT
    I have found that the most exciting small towns, are college towns. I've had great times in places like Morgantown, WV, Athens, OH, and Bloomington, IN