Taking A Walk

Walking Down US Highway 11 – Winchester, Virginia to Louisiana

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How Big is a Town?

January 7th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips

That is a good question. I don’t have an answer. While taking a walk, I would refer to places as towns and cities. Some of the towns and their populations are:
  • Boligee, Alabama 345
  • Eutaw, Alabama 1,800
  • Calhoun, Tennessee 400
  • Sweetwater, Tennessee 5,500
  • New Market, Virginia 550
I found these numbers on Wikipedia. Some of the towns I walked didn’t have entries in Wikipedia. I guess they were too small for to list. Maybe they didn’t have a population. Some were “included in the town-nearby population area.”
If there was a place that had a sign and at least one building with the name repeated, I called it a town. Cities? Well, it took at least an hour to walk through them. Here are some cities:
  • Cleveland, Tennessee 37,000
  • Harrisonburg, Virginia 44,000
  • Hattiesburg, Mississippi 51,000
I found towns to be more interesting. One way to separate a town from a city is the national fast food chain. If there is a McDonald’s out by the Interstate and local cafes on Route 11, that is a town. If there is a McDonald’s out by the Interstate and on Route 11, that is a city.
I don’t know what you call a really small town like Boligee, Alabama. They have villages in Europe, but not in Alabama and Mississippi.

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