I grew up in a town with around 2,300 people.
I went to college (for 5 years) in a town of a little over 11,000 people.
I currently live in a town with around 1,400 people.
Forty-five minutes away is a town of over 56,000 people and an hour away from that town is another with around 120,000-plus.
Yet, when I read articles or listen to podcasts, and they mention small towns, these generally range around the last two: 50,000-plus.
Sorry to disappoint you but these are not small towns. When there are malls and multiple McDonald's locations and Starbucks (or two or three), they are not what I consider small. Even my old college town was not small in my opinion. I've lived near town where, if you blink, you might miss the town. Seriously.
Now, I'm just having a little fun here as well as a mini-rant. There is a true crime podcast called Small Town Murder, where they really do focus on what I consider small towns. A few may skirt the edge of my definition, but by and large they do a great job.
I know, I know, those who live in cities would call towns like Fargo, North Dakota, with over 120,000 people small. I do not.
And that is where we have to agree to disagree . . .