View Full Version : Do you live in the boondocks?

February 15th, 2016, 12:21 AM
I'm sort of taking a survey and wondering how many of us live very far from a town or conveniences? I read the forum and it seems that a lot of us live out in the country. Maybe answer with 1-5 miles, 6-10 miles, 11-15 miles, 16 to 20 miles, etc. I was just wondering if this is our common thread.
I am 30 miles from a grocery and town o 400 people and 50 miles from a town of 50-100,000.

Snip Snip
February 15th, 2016, 01:03 AM
I am about 7 miles from a town of 12 thousand, and 25 miles from a town of about 60 thousand. So not really in the boonies, just in the country.

February 15th, 2016, 01:09 AM
I live out in the country. I am roughly 5 miles from the nearest grocery store which is in a town of population 2000. I rarely shop there as they literally charge twice the prices of the grocery store in the next biggest town. The grocery store I usually shop in is 25 miles away in a town population 55000.

February 15th, 2016, 01:27 AM
I live in a city of ~85,000 folks. My LQS is in town, with 2 others within 15 mi. The main groc. store where I shop is ~2-3 mi. away.

February 15th, 2016, 01:33 AM
I'm out in the country 6 miles from a town of 17,500 which only has one grocery store (other than WM) and one tiny quilt shop. 90 miles to any larger town. BUT only 120 miles to M*!!!

February 15th, 2016, 01:49 AM
I live in the city. Within six miles of my house, I have six quilt shops and Joanns and Hancocks are both with in two miles of my door! Happy to announce that my Hancocks will not be closing. I finally sucked it up and went in and checked today. Was told they were the #1 store sales wise in the United States and they would be the last store to shut down.

February 15th, 2016, 01:51 AM
No, not the boondocks. I live in a rural area - I have cows and horses and chickens across the road from me and a huge commercial farm behind me, but I am a hop, skip and jump from the interstate. It's 25 miles to downtown Tampa. Plant City is a small town with a quilt shop and many other stores - large and small. I love it here - the best of both worlds!

February 15th, 2016, 02:22 AM
Most people think we do because they alway's get lost. It's only 10min down the hill, but there are a lot of turns with Hawaiian names..

February 15th, 2016, 02:31 AM
I live in the city. Within six miles of my house, I have six quilt shops and Joanns and Hancocks are both with in two miles of my door! Happy to announce that my Hancocks will not be closing. I finally sucked it up and went in and checked today. Was told they were the #1 store sales wise in the United States and they would be the last store to shut down.

That #1 in sales doesn't have anything to do with the close proximity to your house does it?:D

February 15th, 2016, 02:33 AM
I live about 10 miles from the nearest grocery and about 15 miles from JoAnn's. 15 miles (the other way) to the closest LQS. Not too far, but far enough.

February 15th, 2016, 02:43 AM
I live about 2 miles from the nearest grocery store in a town of about 3000.

Cowgirl quilter
February 15th, 2016, 02:53 AM
We live about 7 miles from the closest town, population around 700, and it does have a grocery store and gas station. Total county population less than 3000. Nearest shopping town, population around 13000, is 98 miles crooked mountain road miles away
, but we do have a nice little LQS about 50 miles in county. Very rural lifestyle - we like it. WE have lived in even more remote locations in the past.

K. McEuen
February 15th, 2016, 02:55 AM
I live right smack in the middle of the biggest city in the state, not that that is saying a whole lot. Albuquerque is the city that doesn't realize it IS a city, it has a town mentality. One of the reasons I don't mind living here. Population of Alb. is 546 thousand people, with just over 900 thousand in the "metro" area. Considering there are 2,085,000 people in the state, a lot of our population is centered in and around this city.

February 15th, 2016, 02:59 AM
Town I live in is small in size and part of a large highly populated NJ county - there are approximately 20,000 residents, we have 2 big supermarkets, a big farm market and many big named shops, restaurants and fast foods within our town or just down the road a mile or two in the next towns, nearest LQS & JoAnne's are about 20 minutes away.

We don't have a center of town as it is a suburban community that grew from farmland with many residents commuting to work in northern NJ and Manhattan, NY. Township's park includes our swim club and new municipal building and other services like police, fire department and library are nearby on town's main road.

Cheryl P.
February 15th, 2016, 03:10 AM
Most people think we do because they alway's get lost. It's only 10min down the hill, but there are a lot of turns with Hawaiian names..

I've been to Kauai..very pretty and green, also been to Maui twice, the Big Island and Ouahu, Hawaii is beautiful. Been bicycling down Haliakala twice and 4-wheeling there. I'd love to go back again some day..

February 15th, 2016, 03:25 AM
I've been to Kauai..very pretty and green, also been to Maui twice, the Big Island and Ouahu, Hawaii is beautiful. Been bicycling down Haliakala twice and 4-wheeling there. I'd love to go back again some day..

They are all so different too. Like different personalities. I lived on the Big Island for awhile with a hippie friend on a coffee bean farm. Interesting experience. lol

Cheryl P.
February 15th, 2016, 03:43 AM
They are all so different too. Like different personalities. I lived on the Big Island for awhile with a hippie friend on a coffee bean farm. Interesting experience. lol

Yes they are! Oh what I'd give for real Kona coffee and chocolate covered macadamia nuts! lol...and the food there, yum!

February 15th, 2016, 07:48 AM
We live in a small rural own of about 1400 people. Our population sign says there are about 3000 but thitiesat's because we have a prison here that houses about 1500 inmates and it was incorporated. We have a nice, but very small, town. There is more cattle here than people.

February 15th, 2016, 08:21 AM
I live in a VERY rural area. I am about 14 miles from the closest little town pop. 1664+. Grocery store and small little stores, no quilting stores AT ALL and no fabric stores that is for sure. Have to go out of town for that.

Iris Girl
February 15th, 2016, 08:39 AM
I am in the country 1/2 way between a town of 27,000 and one of 7,000. It is about 15 to 20 miles to either one. Love the country would not ever live in or near a city. We are a town of about 1200

February 15th, 2016, 08:54 AM
Hi, I do not live in USA live in a small country in Spain ( Basque Country) between our capitals (Bilbao- Donosti- Gazteiz ) are just 70 miles and our village are 6-8 miles, so Im not far. My village has 4000 inhabitants in winter but as summer arrived 25000, because people come to enjoy the beaches and the sea. I live in the center of the medieval old town and have shops like butchers, greengrecers and grocers just a few steps from home. Greetings

February 15th, 2016, 09:12 AM
I'd say boondocks applies. We are between two towns. 12 miles from one with a population of 500, and 14 from one with a population of 1400. Most of our medical professionals are physicians assistants, so for specialists we drive about 80 miles. We have Sav-a-Lot groceries in both towns, a small but wonderful quilt shop in the smaller town and a very small, very old Walmart in the larger town. Also a small IGA. The nearest Joanns is 80 miles away also. We do a lot of Amazon and Marshall Drygoods online shopping. The nearest town of any size (about 5000) with a super Walmart and restaurants is 45 miles away. On the up side we have peace, quiet, amazing beauty and a lot of wildlife in the yard. Wouldn't trade it for moving back to the city.

February 15th, 2016, 10:56 AM
We live in a rural area, across from a farm that grows out 125,000 chickens every 8 weeks. They keep horses too.
We are 5 miles from Lillington NC with some small shops, 11 miles from Fuquay Varina which has WM and more store and restaurant options. But 28 miles to Cary is where I get Joanns and quilt shops.
We live on a road with about 14 houses and all great neighbors. Most of the neighbors are related to each other but a few of us transplants have managed to mingle in nicely!! Really love it here!

February 15th, 2016, 11:46 AM
City gal here. I can walk to the closest grocery store. I have done the rural thing, and I enjoyed that time, but I sure got tired of all the driving. I have good neighbors and great amenities nearby. I'm ok with it.

February 15th, 2016, 11:47 AM
I live in the lap of Duke, UNC & NCSU universities. Our little town has become a very big town over the years. I am within 8 miles of 2 Joanns, 1 Hancock Fabrics, 1 Bernina store and 3 LQS. Before we moved back here for employment reasons we lived in the boondocks. Before that we were in the country. Four more years til hubby retires and then we are heading back to the boondocks.

February 15th, 2016, 11:50 AM
Big city - 153,000 here. Close to everything. 3 JoAnn's within a 10 mile or less range. More within less than 30 miles.
The town we would like to move to?? Population - around 330 folks, and 4 police officers... Someday...

February 15th, 2016, 11:54 AM
I live in the county seat about 4 blocks from the courthouse. We have one grocery store, one dollar general, a hospital which only takes sick people not surgeries or babies, no fabric stores. We don't have any stop lights and have one elementary, one middle school which they are talking about closing and one high school. The best restaurant in town is in the stockyard/sale barn.
However, there is a new best quality quilt shop 26 miles away called Needle in a Haystack which is partly in an old grain silo. To get to WalMart is a 30 minute drive and to Hobby Lobby or Joann's at least an hour and a half.
I have lived in big towns like Denver and Albuquerque and tiny ones that only had a handful of people. I much prefer no people.

February 15th, 2016, 12:10 PM
City gal here with boondock aspirations. Less than a mile from the grocery but 25 miles to the LQS.

February 15th, 2016, 01:07 PM
Well, if you see our house you might think we're in the boonies ! It sits about 1/2 mile from the blacktop , down a winding gravel road with a big hill.Woods all around with some open farm land .That said we are 12 mi to Mayfield and 15 to Paducah. Its 20 mi to Hancocks and my LQS, Super WM with fabric, 20 mi ( in opposite direction) is a super fabric store,also out in the country. We have all the restaurants ,several malls, and super health care (even if I don't work there anymore!). However, when I am home it is so quiet and peaceful. It is grand to be able to choose to be around people,culture, etc. ,or not .

February 15th, 2016, 01:14 PM
Well, city girl...Madison County NC certainly would be country aspirations. You should drive up one day and take a look. 450 sqare miles of country mountains with 3 small towns of about 500 people each. County population 14000 people. We have white water rafting, Appalachian trail , an Ingles store, pretty good schools and we are about 30-60 minutes to Asheville depending on which end of the county you live in. Come visit. I own Longnecks restaurant in Marshall. Stop in and visit.

February 15th, 2016, 02:22 PM
I live in the city and can walk to the grocery store, no matter which continent I'm on when you ask ;)

February 15th, 2016, 04:27 PM
I live on a rock in the North Atlantic. Does that count?

February 15th, 2016, 04:29 PM
I live in a town of about 14,000 or so. I am by a major road (rt 202) and live 2 blocks in from it. There are 2 Walmarts that are within 15 mins from me and a hobby lobby about a 1/2 away...though I have never been there. We have a few grocery stores in the area but I do most of my grocery shopping at the super Walmart. Doris Duke's Hillsborough estate is about a 10 min drive. In another 20 min drive is Flemington where back in the day was the trial of the century...known as the Lindbergh trial.

Navy Wife
February 15th, 2016, 04:47 PM
I'm a city gal. Ours is a small city, about 35000. We are just a mile from the city limits and farm land, and 2 blocks from another farm with cows waking us in the morning! We are 20 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains NP. My view is fantastic. I have a super LQS 2 miles away. Also 15 miles to Knoxville, pop. about 250000. Lots of things there including the University of TN. About 4 quilt shops there plus Joann's. 30 miles to Pigeon Forge/ Gatlinburg area with 3 great shops. Plenty of grocery stores and more Walmarts than we need. They are about to break ground on the 3rd one here in our town! I guess we have all we need and more, plus a great hospital just 3 miles away. That's important when you are pushing 80, and DH has already pushed it! We have lived in big cities most of our married life, and like the small town life. I don't think I could handle the boonies or rural areas. They are beautiful, and I love to birdwatch and used to hike. But now we need people nearby, and are blessed with great neighbors and friends, and 2 sons about 20 miles away.

February 15th, 2016, 09:36 PM
Momma Deb: I think you win. Iceland is about as far out in my mind as I can think. I see documentaries about it all the time and have been thinking I need to see it in person.

Meghan Plamondon
February 15th, 2016, 10:27 PM
I live about 5 miles from our grocery store, it's a small town but has about every basic need. However, I live an hours drive to a fabric store, but the better store is over two hours away. Boohoo.

February 16th, 2016, 12:07 AM
I'm about 7 miles from town. No fabric stores there, just food, gas and groceries. I have to go about 20 miles to Joann's that has almost zero quilt fabric, they are half crafts now. The closest quilt store is 30 miles but their prices are way too high for my blood when I can order the same thing from M* for $2 a yd cheaper and not pay tax. Even paying shipping I come out way ahead ordering.

February 16th, 2016, 12:37 AM
I can walk to everything, our city has a population of 130,000

February 16th, 2016, 01:22 AM
I live at the end of a gravel road, 10 minutes from a small town of about 8,000 with one grocery store and a small fabric store. There is a Mc Donalds and a Sonic as options for eating out. LOL.

I have to go 30 minutes for larger services and shopping. I am 45- 50 minutes from M*qc.

February 16th, 2016, 01:26 AM
I live about 20miles away from a grocery store...in a Community with 210 people

Kansas farm girl
February 16th, 2016, 02:07 AM
Live on a gravel road, 35 miles on gravel to grocery store, closest quilt shop is 80 miles, closest "big" town is 100+ miles. total population of our county is around 3500. Never thought about living in boondocks, just rural.

February 16th, 2016, 02:17 AM
My little town has the reputation of being country friendly but city convenient. I live on one of the few streets that actually has a sidewalk. We have lots of horses and orchards, but some of us could walk across the street to get to a Hancock's (it's in the next town, but it borders on my town). Grocery shopping is convenient, and we're only about a half hour from Sacramento, the capital of California. I feel like I have the best of both worlds.

February 16th, 2016, 02:59 AM
Not any more but I used to live in Hazard, Ky which was in the boonies and very far from everything. Couldn't even buy whole wheat bread or see a new movie in Hazard, had to drive to Lexington for that. (We didn't see too many movies lol) Lex was also the nearest airport, a 2-1/2 hour drive one way. Often people visiting us would arrive home at their destination by plane before we could drive all the way back to Hazard. The worst was anybody booking a 7 a.m. return flight. We would have to leave our house at about 3:30 a.m. to get them to the airport in time!

February 16th, 2016, 04:56 AM
I live in a small town ......and the closest grocery store ( comparable to Wal-Mart ) is actually about 5 miles from my home. The closest fabric store is a Jo-Ann's Fabrics and it's almost 20 miles from my home.

February 16th, 2016, 12:42 PM
I live in the country 9 miles from the nearest town, but our community has a grocery store (if you want to pay $5 for a gallon of milk to save a trip to town) with an eat-in restaurant and gas pumps and another restaurant too. I usually get groceries at Kroger & Save-a-lot in town. Kmart is the only "big" dept store and there's a Fred's Discount too. I have to travel out of county to buy fabric. The LQS is ~15 miles from my house out in the middle of Amish country and Wal-mart and another fabric seller are about 30 miles from home in the closest "small city", Somerset.

February 16th, 2016, 01:06 PM
I live in a small city of around 52,000. I'm in Orange County, CA so we are far from living a country lifestyle. We're surrounded by all conveniences and the area is heavily populated. Disneyland is about a 15-20 minute drive from our house. The city of Los Angeles is about an hour away when there's no traffic. Right! When would that be? I'd love to get out of here and head for wide open spaces but I doubt that's going to happen anytime soon.

Annette Ackley
February 17th, 2016, 11:32 AM
I live about 4 miles from town. I do live on top of a mountain. Our town has 2 grocery stores. I am employed at one of them. We have stores, but if you want shoes, jeans, ect., you must travel 1 1\2 hours away. Doesn't matter which way direction you travel. There is a Ben Franklin store, near us, which is great in a pinch. Where I live it is all dirt roads. We could have 3 inches of snow, go down town and there is none.

February 17th, 2016, 11:53 AM
I live 20 miles from anything remotely resembling a town. There is a small gas station at a highway crossroads about 19 miles from me. The "town" is population 12,000. But it DOES have Marshalls Dry Goods! Anything larger is a whole lot farther.