Urban vs Rural


April 11, 2012, 08:06 AM
The nice thing about forums like this is we get a full spectrum of viewpoints. We have professional doctors, lawyers, etc and we have white collar as well as blue collar workers. We have retirees and we have youngsters moving into their prime. We also have different areas in which we live which forms who we are. Rural vs urban is a huge factor in how we see and use firearms and how we collect them. Some have them as tools, others have them as toys, etc.

The purpose of this thread is too see how the breakdown or urban versus rural is in this forum. To me, urban is being close to a major city or in the suburbs. Box stores all around but no land to shoot or hunt close by. Rural is out in the boonies where to get anything is a drive but you can have your own home range, if possible, and you have more land than homes surrounding you. It is a subjective answer because only you know your situation but no one can see where you live in the poll.

p.s. you always get the "none of your business" answers. Why"? I don't know. If you feel compelled to state that instead of answering in some way then that's your right but come on, no one sees your answer unless you post it.

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April 11, 2012, 08:21 AM
I picked Inbetween, but its not far enough away. The zombies shuffle out of the city limits occasionally to loot the homes & vehicles of working folks out here in the country.

April 11, 2012, 08:22 AM
I need to vote both. My father was a state trooper and liked handguns as much as shotguns.

In my mind I'm still up in the hollow with granny cooking on a wood stove and my grandfather working 1500 apple trees with his 2 brothers. My favorite guns are still squirrel rifles. And old shotguns.

I live downtown because I don't do suburbs and hate commuting. My office was 5 blocks away for 26 years, but now that we've moved it's a 2-mile commute west on Monument Ave.


April 11, 2012, 08:28 AM
I live in a township of approximately 22,500 people and am about 30 miles from a large city,Philadelphia. We have a very progressive form of government here, and a excellent police department that is pro gun from what I can observe. To top things off our township also boasts of having two active gun clubs within our borders, abet one is only a trap club. Our police officers all hold free memberships at one club and use it's facilities for their training purposes. Ask me if I've been happy living here after 40 years? :)

April 11, 2012, 08:33 AM
I grew up in a city in florida but have lived in a rural setting for 35 years. Inow live 30 to 45 minutes from 2 large cities but well in the hills now. I grew up around firearms and hunted at a way to young an age by my self for whats allowable today. Jeep and rifle at 13. Also stated carry'n when made legal back in florida 26 years ago. I don't collect but have hunting ,play and defence firearms. Pants go on followed by my CC.

April 11, 2012, 10:55 AM
I live on the edge of the suburbs of Washington DC.
Its DC, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun (me), then a bunch of woods. 50 more miles and you hit Winchester. Its like staring down to the abyssal plain of forest :D

April 11, 2012, 11:05 AM
I live in an unincorporated part of a large county with a few small towns, the largest having a population of 1,400. Average population density is 10.3 people per square mile. It's very rural, but is actually still considered a part of the Denver-Aurora metro area, being only 20 miles from the edge of that urban/suburban sprawl. The nice thing is, when I need something, Denver is close enough (about an hour's drive to the industrial areas), but I don't have to deal with the city if I don't want to.

fireman 9731
April 11, 2012, 11:07 AM
I'm in rural eastern KY. I walk out on my front porch and shoot targets in the yard.

Every Day.

I have been here my whole life (24 years) and couldn't imagine living somewhere that I couldn't do that. If I had to pack up all my guns and take them to a range to shoot them, then I probably wouldn't. My neighbors are about a half mile in each direction. I have guns that are tools and guns that are toys. Honestly, the tool guns get used more.

April 11, 2012, 11:12 AM
I don't really fit in any of the catagories. It's over 250 miles to the nearest semi-major city. I do live within a few miles of a slightly larger than wide spot in the road town. :D

April 11, 2012, 11:46 AM
Rural area, I maintain the dirt roads to get to my place and live close to wilderness areas. It's common to see mountain lion tracks and there are times when I get a fleeting glimpse of the big cats, largest foot print measured this past winter was 6.0" across.

Pristine are to breathe and the well produces world class water. Have great neighbors and the scenery is fantastic.

A long time ago in a faraway place, I made a promise to myself that if I made it home I'd find a place in the country to retire and live out my days; that dream has come true. :)

April 11, 2012, 11:47 AM
I can't pick more than one answer? I live in three of those "places".

April 11, 2012, 11:58 AM
I grew up and now live in what's most likely described as a sub-urban area.

My folks still live on the one acre I grew up on.

It is my intent to move slightly more rural this year. We've been looking at places with 5-10 acres. I can't see myself ever living in a city.

April 11, 2012, 01:26 PM
How about 'Both Urban and Rural' as an answer? or none of the above?

April 11, 2012, 01:28 PM
I'm just a few miles outside of a pretty major city, living in the burbs. Needless to say, any survival type preps I make have to take into account a massive evacuation from the city.

April 11, 2012, 01:36 PM
(sub) Urban. I shoot at a club range which is 45 minutes away up a mountain road. Here in CA the informal ranges that used to be scattered around in the National Forests are being closed one by one because (they say) of trash. Even the formal ranges are under attack whenever their permits come up for review. I am a handloader and this distance to the range is a real pain when I'm doing load development. Despite this and the most confusing and restrictive gun laws in the US, we persist!

April 11, 2012, 02:19 PM
I live just inside the "fringes" of "rural" really. I have 15 acres and, although I do have several neighbors close by, I still have enough room for a range (nothing behind me but open fields for at least 2 miles) and a little "light" small game, varmint and deer hunting at home. I'm only about a 10 minute drive to the gas station and 15 to the store. I have always wanted to move much farther out where "rural" borders on "wilderness." However, after having my outdoor activities somewhat limited by growing up in the suburbs, with only weekend visits to my grandparents farm to hunt, shoot and tramp through the woods (until they passed in my early 20's), I am very grateful for what I now have.

April 11, 2012, 02:51 PM
15 acres in rural NW North Carolina. Love it here.

April 11, 2012, 02:52 PM
i live in a suburb of memphis, but do most of my shooting in the country on family land about an hour away. Middle of nowhere.

April 11, 2012, 03:01 PM
I live in a town of 12,000 about 20 minutes from Scottsdale. Not quite rural, but getting close.

April 11, 2012, 03:29 PM
When I loved DOWNtown in Denver I knew my neighbors and my neighborhood way better than out in the burbs--which to most is probably counter intuative to many here.

I prefered the 'community' of a very urban envoroment but the crush of people can also be bothersome, as well as the higher crime and hassles of pollution and traffic.

I miss living on a farm (which I did several times as a kid). Was neat to just 'shoot off the back porch' and run a little wild when we felt like it. Down side was nearest neighbor was a mile away, but we grew a bunch of our own food.. even just renting the place.

April 11, 2012, 03:54 PM
20 miles from town surounded by 100's of thousands ofacres of beef ranchland and Nat'l Grasslands with a full view of the entire Black Hills. Mt Rushmore is a liitle white spot 40 miles away as the crow flies. On a clear day I can make out the faces in my spotting scope.

Larry Ashcraft
April 11, 2012, 03:58 PM
We have a little 35 acre river bottom paradise about ten miles from town, but I can get to anyplace in town within 20 minutes.

April 11, 2012, 04:00 PM
In between for me. The Elizabeth river and Albermarle Canal on the NC/VA border provide fishing, and there is still a lot of woods to roam. Urban/suburban creep wont let me shoot on my property anymore. Might be time to move.

April 11, 2012, 04:02 PM
I voted urban, as I am unfortunately located just outside of a major city... I can drive to less-populated areas in an hour or so though, as I'm located less than a mile from I-93. My girlfriend and I have been slowly planning to move to a far more rural area, but still about 3 hours from where I grew up and my folks still live. Been spending so much $ on range time (even as a member it's $9/hr) I must find a place where I can legally and safely shoot in my own back yard. I need a BARN!!! For practicing music and workin' on projects, and shooting from on rainy days :) -Basically an outdoor but indoor "man-cave". I also can't wait to own a dog, but have been and will continue to wait until I have a better home for one. The city has been driving me nuts, in so many ways. I've always been happiest when surrounded by nature and as little 'man-made' as possible.

April 11, 2012, 04:11 PM
Rural for 6m a year.. Out of the country for the other 6m.

Ragnar Danneskjold
April 11, 2012, 04:24 PM
I live just inside the "fringes" of "rural" really. I have 15 acres and, although I do have several neighbors close by, I still have enough room for a range (nothing behind me but open fields for at least 2 miles) and a little "light" small game, varmint and deer hunting at home. I'm only about a 10 minute drive to the gas station and 15 to the store. I have always wanted to move much farther out where "rural" borders on "wilderness." However, after having my outdoor activities somewhat limited by growing up in the suburbs, with only weekend visits to my grandparents farm to hunt, shoot and tramp through the woods (until they passed in my early 20's), I am very grateful for what I now have.

I would love something like that. I want to live someplace where I can have enough land to have my own range, play my drum kit any time I want, enjoy a quiet morning or have a bonfire at night with the "outdoors" feeling....

...but still be a fairly short driving distance from civilization. I like developed areas. Seeing people enjoying the fruits of technology, engaging in commerce, etc makes me feel good. I want to be able to go to a Subway or Chipotle, grab something at Home Depot or Meijer, check out the used games at Gamestop, and work in a developed area.

I want to live in a rural area be be able to travel, for work and entertainment, to a highly developed area in a short amount of time. If I could find someplace where I could get 15-20 acres of land about a 30minute drive from downtown Indianapolis, I would be ecstatic.

April 11, 2012, 04:24 PM
I went with in-between. Bakersfield metro is ~600k people, surrounded by farmland and scrub brush. I'm on the west edge of the metro - west end of my block is ag land, everything east is city for 10 miles. Downtown is 20 minutes from the boonies, and I'm half an hour from varmint hunting - 'cept they occasionally roam the neighborhood...

And we're 100 miles north of Los Angeles...

April 11, 2012, 04:49 PM
In between the 'inbetween'.

Not near a major city, and not what I consider the 'boonies' or 'out in the sticks'. We live in one of a few small country towns out where we like to be and we're planning on moving out to the real 'boonies' eventually.

We've lived in two 250k+ populated cities and then one ~100k before we moved out here. Never going back.

April 11, 2012, 04:59 PM
I grew up rural, when we wanted to shoot we walked out the back door.
Now I'm in-between, there's some State land 5 miles down the road and the club I belong to is 20 minutes away.

April 11, 2012, 05:05 PM
I live in a semi-Rural area about half way between Portland and Seattle:


While the town is small-ish (population about 7,000) it's also one of the fastest growing towns in the state. The house I live in is in one of those developments where the lot sizes are tiny. I can almost stick my arm out my window and touch my neighbor’s house :banghead:

A couple years back when my wife and I were looking to buy a house, we found we had 2 options: either get a nice lot with a crappy house, or get a nice house with a crappy lot. We didn't have the $$$ to buy a nice house on a nice lot...

Despite my semi-Rural surroundings I've had a difficult time finding places to shoot. All the land out here is private and you see "no shooting" signs about every 2 feet. Even the public land (Capital Forest near Olympia) has had most of it's range areas closed. I know of only one left there, and since it's the last one, EVERYBODY goes there. It's always crowded and there is always someone doing something strange and/or unsafe. I can't shoot there because I can't focus; I'm always looking over my shoulder worried about what others are up to.

Thankfully there are a couple of gun clubs in the area, I found that I really liked Tacoma Rifle and Revolver club. However they are "under attack" and while they're great places to go to sight in your hunting rifle, you can't "plink" at a club.

I'm getting very frustrated by the situation. It was easier to shoot back when I lived just outside of Portland in the suburbs. Sounds like my situation might not be that uncommon either. I worry that the biggest threat to the shooting sports isn't any gun-ban, but a simple lack of places where one can actually shoot.

Short of winning the lotto, buying 100+ acres of land, and building my own private range, I don't see what options I have...

How does everyone else deal with this?

April 11, 2012, 05:20 PM
We're about two miles from the southern edge of Ukiah, which is about 17,000 people. You wouldn't know it if you stood on our property (3 acre farm), it looks like we are definitely out in the boonies:

- Looking east during a mild snowfall:


- Looking west during a gorgeous sunset:

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National forest and BLM land just a few miles away. North and west of us (up to the Oregon border) is rural.

My wife likes to say "It's not the end of the world but you can see it from here."


April 11, 2012, 06:18 PM
I chose "rural" although I think it is really a matter of perception. What one person views as rural another may say is urban, it just depends on what you are used to. I knew a guy once that relocated to TN from Los Angeles. He got 2 acres on a fairly heavily traveled highway about 5 miles out of town but used to tell people "I live out in the middle of nowhere" and in his mind he did. In my mind he lived out just slightly more rural than a subdivision.

I live 15 miles from the nearest town where I can for the most part get what I need, if not Knoxville is 30 miles away, but the closest gas station is 10 miles. I'm less than a mile from a Smoky Mountain National Park entrance. I safely shoot in my back yard. Lots of land around here and not too many homes. Neighbors are few and far between. When we have a severe weather event and loose power we are always the last in the county to get it back on over here. To someone from Montana I may not seem that rural but it's about as rural for TN as I have found. Oh yeah, I'm 4 miles from the nearest cell signal, but if you go the opposite direction it's 40 miles.

April 11, 2012, 06:38 PM
I chose in between. I live on about 3/4 acre just outside village limits (pop. 2500). The closest big city is about 85 miles away.

April 11, 2012, 06:48 PM
I live about 8 miles Southwest of downtown Austin Texas. My area would definitely be considered urban.

April 11, 2012, 06:51 PM
4 br house on a quarter acre lot in the city, 3 br house on >50 acres in "the boonies" (retirement sooooon) :cool:

Ignition Override
April 11, 2012, 10:13 PM
The row of houses across the street has woods behind it, then semi-rural roads with houses along most of them.

It's nice being away from the Memphis midtown noise (left over five years ago, to reduce taxes).
Both the club range and river bottom are only minutes away.

April 11, 2012, 10:47 PM
~110 miles to any city <10,000 people. :)

Da Boonies!

April 11, 2012, 10:49 PM
I live in the suburbs, but I want to live in between, rural if I had the money.

April 11, 2012, 10:54 PM
interesting that as of right now it is split almost evenly 3 ways

April 11, 2012, 10:56 PM
I choose Urban, because I live just inside the city limits of a city of less than 4000.............

April 11, 2012, 10:57 PM
im out in the sticks. born and raised. i have spent the last year living in an appartment in what most people would call a small town (anything over 1,000 people is a big ol' city to me since my home town was about 160). i am moving back to my home county at the end of May, and it just cant get here fast enough! front yard shooting range, here i come!!! :D

April 11, 2012, 10:58 PM
"in between"

15 minutes away and half a mile above.

April 11, 2012, 11:00 PM
I live in the city.My indoor gun range is about 10 minutes from work.I go twice a week.Lived in small towns and in the country growing up.Prefer the city.

April 11, 2012, 11:32 PM
We rent a place that is very much rural. The folks we rent from are 1/2 mile to the across the field and are my closest neighbors. Out the back there is a ditch, a field past that, and a woods past that. The ditch is the perfect place for a range and my landlords are nice enough to let me shoot, even clays. In a few years we will probably be moving, hopefully buying our own place, but I will miss this place. Hopefully we'll find something similar to buy.

Redneck with a 40
April 11, 2012, 11:35 PM
I'm 35 miles west of Colorado Springs, close enough that I can drive into town for supplies, while enjoying living in the woods. The Pike National Forest boundary is a 5 minute drive from my driveway, its where I shoot.

You couldn't pay me enough to live in the city, now way! I also have an ATV and there are about 140 miles worth of trails 10 minutes away from here. This place is freaking awesome!

Summer temp's average about 80 degree's with about 10% humidity, its nice! Elevation = 9200 feet.

geim druth
April 12, 2012, 12:00 AM
The suburbs, 3 miles from where I grew up, in one of the most populous counties in the most populous state in the nation. But everyone knows everyone else, and I know which places have the best pizza and which serve good booze. In many ways it's a small town, with all a small town's vices and virtues.

Of course, I'm an hour from my range, if the traffic isn't bad, and my state's laws are a farce, but I shoot as often as work allows and can log onto THR at any time of the day or night for a sanity fix.

April 12, 2012, 12:17 AM
20 mile and 2000' down the mountain to the nearest village (>1000), 120 miles from anything <5000, unless I go into Canada, then it's only 70 miles to <5000. Five miles of dirt or gravel before you hit the hardtop. Yep, the boonies.

April 12, 2012, 12:31 AM
I realy don't think about Urban until the population reaches about 100K in one area. Large population centers are much different than small, and mid size city living, and attitude changes seem to follow the more dense populations vs the rest of the country.

In my state for example most of the counties are red, while the blue counties all include the largest of the states cities. Probably about 10% of the land mass, or less, carries the states Democratic voting record .

April 12, 2012, 12:40 AM
I live in the suburbs of Medford, OR the largest city in Southern Oregon with a population of 75,000. The nice part of it is that this is still a town with people who hunt and fish. We have several gunshops and every friday the last section of the news paper gives the fishing report on what river spots and lakes are producing fish and what the hunters are getting and where. The area is definitely gun friendly. It takes me about ten minutes to get out in Forest Service or BLM land. The best of both worlds, a town big enough to get whatever you need without the urban viewpoint and open country and mountains to wander around in.

April 12, 2012, 01:03 AM
2 miles from a town of aroud 1500... It has a gas station and a workable grocery store. 6 miles to the nearest Walmart, 30 miles to anywhere that has things like lowes or Home Depot. Almost 100 miles exactly from my driveway to Springfield, MO, Batesville, AR, Conway, AR or Springdale, AR. My nearest neighbor is a farm hand who owns his trailer house sitting in the old water melon field by my house to take care of the turkey barns on the other side of him. 2nd nearest is my mom down in the big house abut 1/4 mile away for the crow and 1/2 mile for the car. Plenty of room too shoot safely if I can convince the cows to stay on the other side of the woods. I live on the top of the hill though so shooting rifles out my back door unless I'm aiming for the waterline of the pond behind my house is probably a bad idea unless I'm intending to send a bullet down the hill to borrow a cup of flower from the guy that lives a mile or so behind me... Yea I reckon that's rural enough.

Just moved from a place where I only had 2 acres and could throw rocks at about 3 of my neighbors if I wanted too. Luckily my buddy owned a bit of land about 2 miles away and the forest service range was only 25 or so. It was 12 miles to a 24 hour gas station and 40 miles to a grocery store there though. I just don't do larger places for a home well, I get enough city life at work..

April 12, 2012, 01:15 AM
I'm within 15 minutes of three towns, 2 of those towns offer gas, one a pizza joint and one groceries. I am about 20 minutes from a normal small town and 30 minutes to a super walmart. I'm about 40 miles from austin tx.

I do have a couple neighbors close by but within 10 acres. Other than those it's a few miles og nothing.......but a few oil derricks. But all in all pretty secluded. Driveways about 2 1/2 miles long. I just wish the dirt would grow a garden here! Rock hard clay something:(

Zach S
April 12, 2012, 08:00 AM
Hick town here... Voted city/suburb.

Looking to move to "in between" sometime soon.

Old Time Hunter
April 13, 2012, 12:00 AM
In between. 40 miles out of one city, 45 miles to another, and five miles to the closest town (population 1900), but right on a relatively large lake (3 miles at it's widest and 7 miles long). Also directly across the road (a county road) from 3200 acres of a pristine natural state wildland area.

April 13, 2012, 12:58 AM
We shoot clay pigeons from my front porch:


April 13, 2012, 11:46 AM
I live in a forest on a mountaintop in BFE with a town of 4k one-hour away.
No neighbors in sight and the only lights at night are about 10 miles to the west on the rez. Life is quiet and there is always something to build or repair.
Have been here 20 yrs and if I ever make it back to the city it will have to be in a gated community with an HOA. I could never again tolerate the suburbs and cities with the crap one must contend with.

April 13, 2012, 11:47 AM
We are about 14 miles north of Tucson.

April 13, 2012, 01:07 PM
I grew up quite rural. I have lived quite urban. I now live 20 minutes from metro or desert where I can shoot whatever I want.

April 13, 2012, 01:23 PM
Urban, but I really hope to be able to change that soon (1-5 years.) BTW, I would consider any small town (5000ish people) 30 miles or more from a big metro region (75,000 people) rural.

April 13, 2012, 02:30 PM
As urban metro environments go I live in a smaller one, about 1.7 million people, but it is a tride and true city (actually a collection of cities, towns and villages). My home and work are right in the center of it. There are people coming and going, living their lives, working, conversing, conducting business, relaxing, playing and sometimes fighting and robbing, 24/7. I have property outside of town when I need to get away and will probably retire there - of course by the time that happens "town" will have grown out to the property I suspect. :)

April 13, 2012, 02:37 PM
Rural here

April 13, 2012, 07:29 PM
You forgot "in a small town".

Rural is just 5 minutes down the road, but I'm on a 1/2 acre surrounded by other homes.

April 13, 2012, 08:20 PM
49north.... Your place sounds awsome... Old Time Hunter.... sounds pretty good too... hermannr... Ditto..

April 13, 2012, 09:13 PM
In between, I think. My neighborhood is +600 home on +-3/4 acre lots. My neighborhood is one road in and one road out. The woods are around 300 yards from my house go for miles. The closest store of any kind is over a mile away and the next is another four miles. The closest "city" is 15 miles away. So I think I would be considered in between.

April 14, 2012, 06:42 PM
I don't even clasify where I live as a city, maybe a community. There is about 250 people here and a person can shoot out the front door, the back door, it don't matter. There is a 'city' about 30 mins away with a pop of 5000.
Don't get any better than this. People let their 12 and 13 yr old kids drive to a little country store and it ain't a problem.


April 14, 2012, 08:59 PM
Town of 170 population. The last 7 deer to be brought home have come from within 2 miles of the house. 75 miles from Billings MT, 45 to Cody, WY

April 14, 2012, 09:21 PM
Vivo in CONUS. Way out in BFE so far you can't get there from here? No pavement :) that is my secret!

April 15, 2012, 10:21 AM
Rural, but 15 miles from a city of 50,000.

April 15, 2012, 11:59 AM
Fairly small town (with "no discharge" ordinances, unfortunately) about an hour away from Pittsburgh. But in 15 minutes or less I can be in the country.

D Rudd
April 15, 2012, 12:04 PM
Have 7 acres. Fifty miles to Cody, WY and 125 to Billings, MT. Those are the closest gun stores.

April 15, 2012, 02:52 PM
I'm between a city and suburb. I can get to a shooting range in 20 minutes. I grew up in the country, and it had a few perks, but I just can't imagine living so isolated. I need to be around people, and my job requires proximity to a international airport and I visit hospitals which means I'm in populated areas all the time. The further away I live from people, these time I get to be home. What kind of job can you have living way out in the country? I mean I get farming and all, but you can't farm a lot of areas, and not all people living away from town are farmers. I don't mean that to be a smart ass question, but an honest one. I don't know anyone that doesn't work in a city. Heck, I don't know anyone that owns an acre...

April 15, 2012, 03:57 PM
Didn't vote, because I'm urban half the time and rural the other half.:)

April 17, 2012, 01:09 PM
I'm less than 10 miles outside the nation's capital, so urban it is. That lovely expanse of flat ground known as the I-495 Capital Beltway is less than one mile away.

I wouldn't mind a more rural setting someday, or at least move to a metro area with a more laid-back culture. DC is definitely wound up! My ideal would be a rural property with a somewhat-reasonable drive to work/church and relatively easy access to a city. When I lived/worked in Richmond, several people I knew lived in the country just west of the area and commuted in. You can pull that off in a relativey low-cost, low-traffic area.

Dr T
April 17, 2012, 01:24 PM
Right on the edge of urban on the northwest corner of the Denver Metro area in the smallest county in Colorado. Unfortunately, the ranch where I grew up is about 750 miles SSE.

April 17, 2012, 01:51 PM
Suburbs. I was born and grew up in the suburbs and enjoy having everything within easy access. It's only minutes to most places I want or need to go, and it's great to have the option of several places when looking for something I want. I can just head out to the hardware store without it being a major undertaking.

There are multiple gun shops and places to shoot, the closest being about 8 minutes away. I have the luxury of having a good friend who recently purchased a home in the boonies about 40 minutes away, and we shoot a few times each summer/fall on his property. I do enjoy those trips more than range trips because it's so much more casual and we usually make a day of it, having dinner and catching up.

April 17, 2012, 02:35 PM
Born and raised in Las Vegas...so that is about as urban as it gets.
Lived all over the world for 20 years in the army.
Retired and now live on 30 acres in the country on the Kansas/Missouri border.


I'm over an hour drive to an actual "city" but there are a few small towns the size of an Indian Village or something that are closer.
Gas station, a mom & pop grocery store and a café' or two but that's about it. Oh yeah, also a mom & pop small little hardware/lumber yard.

I can shoot guns out my back door, launch all the fireworks I want, dance naked around a bonfire while howling at the moon and sacrificing some goats, ride horses and 4-wheelers, etc...what ever I want really.
I'm surrounded on all sides by cattle and horse ranches.

My area has zero Police Dept. service or protection at all.
You can forget all about calling 911....http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v648/Swampdragon/smilies/b53ddb2d.gif
We have a "county" Sheriff and 2 or 3 Deputies, but that's it, and I never see them except once every blue moon just by chance.

April 18, 2012, 10:14 PM
Rural for me. It's a 15 minute walk to the gun club where I'm an RO and have access to both indoor and outdoor pistol ranges whenever I want.:D

April 19, 2012, 01:16 AM
Im rural although we do have neighbors within a half mile on each side.

April 20, 2012, 02:12 PM
I live in one of those 'everybody moved across the river to G.O.O.D..' The suffering town has about 80000 folks, and on March 15, 2012, gained the official title of 'Majority Welfare Town'. The old 'northern city of here' highway, is a two lane road. To me, as one who has lived a cosmoploitan lifestyle for much of my adult life, this place is 'Mayberry I and II'. Is it far enough from the parent town for Zombie/SHTF/WROL? There are three river-bridged arteries connecting them. No other bridges for at least ten miles, either way. I believe that if notified, the cops are able to make sufficient chokepoints. The parent town has one public range, capable of revolver-caliber rifle. The 'compound', as the news folks would call it, is a hill-top multi-domicile rental complex. The keep, as I call it, can be held. Lastly, we have a natural moat between the keep and the bridge, called the swamp, and yes, it is populated with 'gators.

April 21, 2012, 07:30 PM
I'm urban now, but hope to be rural by this time next year, if circumstances permit.

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