18 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Grew Up In a Small Town

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Whether you loved it or hated it, there are certain things about growing up in a small town that are pretty much universal. It could be boring, overly-personal and gossipy — but your hometown was undeniably friendly and quaint. Let's be honest, most of us couldn't wait to get out and never look back, but a small part of you may still miss that sense of community and the people you grew up with. Despite its many flaws, your weird little town made you who you are now.

1. Secrets pretty much don’t exist

If you grew up in a small town, you know that gossip travels fast. All the goings-on in your town may as well have been posted on a bulletin board because everyone would know about it within a week. Whether it was middle school gossip, issues among the parents, or town-wide drama — you could guarantee that someone had the scoop. Whether or not the information was accurate didn’t matter, because everyone was desperate to find out who got drunk at prom, who broke up, or which parents had started dating.