When it comes to the Evergreen State, Seattle and Spokane tend to steal the spotlight a bit. And while our bigger cities have a lot of wonderful people and exciting things to do, it’s important to note that the majority of our state is made up of smaller towns. And inside those small towns you’ll find some of the best people on the planet.
1. Their directions are amazing.
Visit a small town and ask a local for directions. Then throw your GPS out the window*, because they will give you precise direction complete with very descriptive landmarks.
*We do not recommend actually throwing away your GPS.
2. They make eye contact with you.
Bigger cities are crowded. People like to ignore each other, and understandably so. But in a small town, you can expect the locals to make eye contact with you and smile (if you’re nice).
3. They understand the value of community.
When there aren’t many people around, you learn to support each other. Small town living requires a certain amount of closeness. And while that can get annoying if someone wants to remain anonymous, it comes in handy when people are down and out.
4. They are kind-hearted.
There are nice people and mean people in towns of all sizes. But a lot of people raised in small town Washington are kind and generous.
5. They find creative ways to have fun.
You won’t find a lot of traditional things to do for date nights and evenings on the town in small town Washington. But you will find a group of people who know how to have a good time in a lot of creative ways.
6. They appreciate the true finer things in life.
People who grow up in small towns and stay there remain because they know how lucky they are to be surrounded by such incredible natural beauty.
7. They can cook.
In a town with only a few good restaurant options, you’re going to find a lot of amazing cooks. And if you’re lucky enough to be invited over, you’ll enjoy a meal better than one you can pay for.
8. They are hard workers.
A lot of people in small towns in Washington have grueling jobs - on farms, in fields, in construction. They also have to do a lot of things for themselves, so they’re tough.
9. They are loyal.
Small town living means growing up with the same people. That also means keeping some of the same friends from kindergarten well into their golden years.
10. They have some serious hometown pride.
Some people that grow up in small towns move away, never to return. But those that stay do so for a reason. They have pride in their little town and they aren’t afraid to show it.
Do you live in a small town? Tell us why you love it.