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Old 07-25-2010, 10:24 AM
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so many people coming and going here that it's not something anyone even thinks about.

I'd be more surprised if I found someone at work or around Lincoln Park/Lakeview that actually grew up in the city.
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:48 PM
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In the metropolitan area I live in, it depends. In Atlanta the city, much of the population isn't from Atlanta, so being a newcomer isn't much of a problem.

In the inner ring suburbs(Marietta, Decatur, Smyrna,etc), there are alot of out of staters and foreigners living there. When I moved to metropolitan Atlanta, the first place I lived was Marietta. I was received well and felt welcomed there. My elementary school had a "buddy system" to help out the new kid. My 4th grade class was full of kids from other places.

The exurbs, well it depends. In places like Woodstock, there are more and more out of staters living there. There isn't alot of friction. The further out you go, the more likely you might have problems being from out of state. Paulding County, where I used to live, is where I had the most problems. I was just moving from Marietta(in the same state, in the county next to Paulding County), I had some problems. Many of the residents were used to having Paulding County be a rural county throughout their entire lives. Some of the residents wanted it to stay that way. Newcomers are tolerated, but not always welcomed. For business owners in construction, it means more money by building houses. For retail, it means expansion of business. For some of the residents who see their hometown growing fast, some feel threatened.
I think the days of shunning new residents in Paulding County has long passed. After being a perrenial name in the top 10 fastest-growing counties in the nation for several years, long-time residents have become more accustomed to outsiders.

For many years it was a rural county with slow to no growth, so it's understandable that there was resentment from some residents back in the early days of tremendous growth. But consider that in the most recent decade the growth rate exceeded 50%...Paulding began the decade at 82,000 and has grown to 140,000 plus in 2010...the resistance to newcomers is far outnumbered by the newcomers themselves.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:11 PM
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In Minneapolis I think newcomers are generally treated well, although it's true that people complain about it being tough to make new friends. (although sometimes I wonder about this: I know the statistics show that many people in MN are from MN and therefore are more likely to have existing family and friend networks in place, but it feels like the majority of the people I know in Minneapolis -- although this is mostly the city itself -- are originally from other states). There's not the outright antagonism towards new people (particularly those who come from more expensive places -- I'm thinking in particular of the anti-California sentiment I've seen some places) that exists in some locations. New arrivals aren't, and haven't been, blamed for rising real estate costs, etc. The main exception (and I think this is outdated now) was that for a time there was some antagonism towards poor people from Chicago and Gary; back in the '90s (and maybe before?) they got blamed for coming to MN for welfare and became scapegoats for all sorts of crime problems. I doubt those people would say they'd been welcomed.
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