Quirky and irresistible
Revitalized Main Streets, new industries, an increase of remote/online employment opportunities: People who want to leave the big city behind now have more practical reasons to opt for a small-town lifestyle. "Small," of course, is a relative term. Fodor’s limits the towns on its "Best Small Towns" list to populations of 30,000 or less, while other outlets bump their maximum size up to 100,000.
Rather than head counts, however, small towns are often defined by characteristics like a slower pace of life, family-oriented events, walkability, proximity to nature and an authenticity that's not evident in larger places. Not only are more people choosing to move to these undersized enclaves, more travelers are coming as well. Some small towns have developed unique personalities that give them a cosmopolitan or offbeat feel.
Here are some small towns that travelers and big-city transplants have embraced because of their oversized personalities.