08/13/10 88 W - + 4 - 6 Cities Versus Towns?

From a reader comes this question: what makes a city call itself a town, or a town call itself a city? Any city administration experts handy who can answer that one? The traditional definition of a town is a municipality with less than 10,000 people. Cary's population of 134,000 (2008) handily exceeds same. Do they call themselves a town to maintain a type of image? Whiteville, for example, has a population just over 5,000, and they call themselves a city. Why city or town, or not city or town?

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