27 Things You Know If You're From A Small Town

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Roundabouts are actually just four way stops.

"Traffic" is having to wait an extra second or two to pull out onto a busy street.

People don't honk to be rude, they usually just want to say hello.

And if they don't honk they'll just give the one finger salute. (The polite index finger salute, I mean.)

If there's a car accident in town everyone will know about it and immediately worry they know someone involved. Most times they do.

Chances are you know at least five people who are on a billboard somewhere in town. Maybe you're one of them.

When you were a middle schooler you dreamed of moving to a big city like Omaha or Lincoln where all of the cool stuff happened. Like laser tag and go carts obviously.

Pancakes are used to raise money for charities.

When you run an errand expect to see at least eight people you know every time.

Your parents have had the same mailman for 15+ years.

You probably got at least one MIP or MIC in high school. And the police officer who gave it to you knew your parents.

You've partied in a garage, or a shed, or a farm, or a barn, or a field, or a work shop, or hell even right next to a cow, numerous times.

Everybody in town knows when a new restaurant is about to open and it's all they can talk about for months.

And when that new restaurant finally opens, everyone "just really hopes it does good."

However chain pharmacies are another thing. Right, Norfolk? What's so bad about CVS, seriously? Give it a try.

Local TV commercials. You've either been in one or know someone who has. And now let's all take a second to reflect on how great local TV is.

Directions are given in minutes rather than miles. And everything is usually just a 3-4 minute drive.

If you do anything even slightly against the law it will appear in the newspaper.

High school sports can get very intense. A few months ago I went with my parents to a high school boys basketball game and we got to the gym TWO HOURS EARLY... for a high school game.

The 4th of July is always a really big deal. Firework tents pop up everywhere. You've also probably worked and/or owned one of those tents before.

Seeing your town appear in a movie is EVERYTHING.

It's not uncommon to run into people who used to babysit you 20+ years ago.

Childhood summers were spent biking from one end of town to the other- usually with a pit stop at a gas station to fill up on fountain pop and beef jerky.

Also we small-towners say pop. Not soda.

When a house goes for sale everyone knows about it. And then they hire the best realtor in town Jade Lafleur. #soldbyjade

No secret is safe. Everyone knows everything.

But on the flip side, if you're ever struggling there's usually a band of people there to help. And why wouldn't they? They've probably known you since birth.

Small towns, guys. I really do love them. I wouldn't change my childhood for anything.

What did I miss? Add your own in the comments below.


  1. GAH, the truth of this is SO funny! Esp. about the new restaurants in town!

  2. Win or lose, any little league game was followed by team dinner at Pizza Hut.

  3. I was with you on most of these... except billboards, and local TV... clearly my town is REALLY small... haha!! Born & raised, and happy to still be here!! :)

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  5. Chances are you went to high school with kids of the parents who went to high school with your parents!

  6. I could totally go for a pancake supper right now, just saying...

  7. When you see an escaped farm animal trotting down the road you immediately know who it belongs to and you either call them or just take it back to them yourself.

    You've lived there for 20 years and you're still considered "new".

    When people ask you where you are from, you sort of mumble your tiny town's name and then automatically tell them what larger town it is near.

    I didn't know how to even use a house key or why anyone would need one until I was in my teens.

  8. haha this is awesome. i've only lived in dallas but I do go visit my husband's dad in fayetteville texas. population of 280.

  9. A few seasons ago, Criminal Minds did an episode in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area. They didn't even use publicity shots from the area. There were California mountains in the background, and downtown looked like Mayberry. I couldn't suspend my disbelief that much. (Season 6 Episode 5: Safe Haven)

  10. No need for a watch. When the whistle blows at six, it's time to go home for supper.

    Or in the case of Aurora, Nebraska the whistle blows at 7 am, Noon, 1 pm, 6 pm, and 10 pm. Time to wake up, time for lunch, time to go back to work, time for supper, and time for bed.

    Also, it's supper. Not dinner. We eat dinner and supper. Not lunch and dinner.

    Directions are given based on homeowners and businesses, not street names. Turn right at the Post Office and head to the Smith house. Turn Left.

    1. We had a whistle that blew at noon. It was nice because it meant all of the kids knew when they had to go home and eat lunch. For some reason we never called it dinner, only the older people did that, and it's always confused me.

  11. Yes Michaela -dinner = lunch and supper=dinner!

    And if you do leave the small town for the big city (especially a real big city (Like Boston), then you are a local celebrity.

    Hettinger, ND representing!

    Mindful Rambles

  12. This is so far and away from anything I've ever experienced. I think I'd like it.

  13. These are so painfully true. I'd add that the mayor is often seen drinking in the only bar in town.

  14. I'm from a small town in KY and yes so many of these are true! There's been rumors of an Olive Garden coming to town for as long as I can remember! LOL
    The Lady Lawyer

  15. HOW could you skip TV ads for farmersonly.com?!

  16. I remember when the cows used to wander down into the road and we sometimes had to wait for them to move so we could get to our house.

    And I grew up in the suburbs!

  17. The one make out spot by the lake that the one cop who gave you the MIC has to tell you to go home from..... several times....... with different boys.

  18. Truth! I would add having the same kids in all your classes from K - 12.

  19. Trying to find a boy to date who didn't date your friends, sister, cousins, ect was nearly impossible.


  20. I grew up in a town of 100 people and my high school (in a neighboring town, obviously) only had 180 students. So ... yeah ... all of this.

  21. Ahh spot on!!! This brings back memories- thanks :)

  22. I think it would be great to live in a small town, but I don't and I won't since I like having my family around me we all live within a 20 minute drive of each other in fact most of us are within a 10 minute drive of each other

  23. I definitely agree with a restaurant opening being the talk of the town.

    When I used to live in Fort Dodge, Iowa, a hotel there burnt down during my first grade year and it was the top news story for several days.

    Small towns also make the best hosts for events like RAGBRAI or BRAN.

    And visiting a small town, they know who the tourists are. (Flashback to Louisville, NE on August 6, 2013.)

  24. This couldn't be more true! I miss small town living. My husband and I grew up in a small town in Maine.

    Our high school parties were usually in the woods or in the middle of a field.

    On our last day of high schools, seniors were allowed to make a grand entrance and pretty much have a party day outside, so our entire senior class arrived in the back of pick up trucks. Everyone had a pick up truck so we had a pick up truck parade haha

    Also, our girls basketball team was the best in the state. Going to their playoff games were just as big as going to a professional basketball game. No joke. And it was essential to dress in school colors and go completely over the top with it. Some guys even painted their bodies our school colors. Very big deal haha

  25. I think only small town midwesterners say pop. Small town southerners say Coke.

  26. Is was funny! Yes, I've partied in the garage before. lol.