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Top small towns to live in

Great Barrington has a vibrant farming community.

Great Barrington has a vibrant farming community.

If you want to move to an area where you can avoid the big city, there are plenty of small towns that may fit the bill. Keep in mind, you don't have to bring your moving containers to a place that is completely isolated. There may be a sizable number of places across the country that are quaint, but still have everything you could want in a small town.

Gig Harbor, Washington
If you are looking at a place in the Pacific Northwest, and you are a bit intimidated by Tacoma, Seattle or Portland, heading to Gig Harbor may be a better destination. The city has plenty of waterfront, and ha
s fewer than 8,000 residents, according to SmithsonianMag.com. There is plenty of property on the waterfront that may be less expensive than some other spots around the country, and it has a significant amount of sea-themed aspects.

Because of its location, it still is an active port for fisherman, the website noted. This also may make it a good spot for those who want to bring out the poles and head to the docks.

Sedona, Arizona
The Southwest's tendency to be rural may make multiple areas good communities to get involved with. One of these may be Sedona, Arizona. It is considered one of the most beautiful towns in the country, Business Insider said. There is plenty to do here beside enjoying unique sunsets and the natural beauty of the desert. There are also many opportunities to go fishing, as well as golf and take horseback riding lessons.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts
The Northeast is full of bustling cities, but there are also many places that are subdued and calm. One of these areas is Great Barrington. There are fewer than 7,000 people in the town, but there is still much to do. The center of town is typically quite busy with activities, SmithsonianMag.com noted. There are also plenty of food options, and most of it is locally-based. The city prides itself on growing food at its local farms for consumption.

Lewiston, New York
If Great Barrington isn't far enough north of you, there may be other options. One of them is Lewiston, New York. The town has fewer than 3,000 people, but has some great food options, Business Insider said. The city is on the Canadian border, and also has plenty of history. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad, and also had a role in the War of 1812.

Those who want to witness natural beauty can check out Niagara Falls, which is only a short drive away, the website explained. There are also plenty of festivals during the warmer months. The Harvest Fest occurs every September, while the city's big summer event is the Annual Wine and Culinary Festival.

Butler, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is also the home of plenty of small towns, and one might be exactly what you want. Butler is full of pre-Revolutionary War history, and also has a large farming pedigree, SmithsonianMag.com said. It is also the birthplace of the Jeep vehicle, which was invented there prior to World War II. This helped spawn an annual festival - celebrated every August - called the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival.

While you can come for the old, you can also stay for the new. The city has a solid business district, as well as a theater and other fun attractions, the website added. If you enjoy art, there is the Maridon Museum, while the city also is the home of its own local symphony.