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Old 01-02-2012, 06:25 PM
Location: Georgetown, TX
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Just a curiosity thread. Getting to know different perspectives.

Guess I should have made it a poll, but comments should be interesting at the very least

If, for any number of reasons, you are living where you are only due to one reason, be it; weather, job, low crime, family etc. which reason is it and why?

We moved where we did in order to live on the lake, have some land (7 acres) have a boat, yada yada...then the drought hit. We sold our property (fortunately, we had not begun building) and now are waiting to move where the water does not dry up LOL (The ocean).

We also chose this place because housing was *cheap* in comparison to where we had been living so finances were only second in line.

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Old 01-02-2012, 07:36 PM
Location: Arvada, CO
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Jobs, climate, big-city, pro sports.

In hindsight, I probably should have picked somewhere else.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:39 PM
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Mainly job.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:42 PM
Location: MN
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I live in a very unique place. David Aguilar can probably attest. I am from the fringe suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul. It's a big metro - 3.5 million.... I get the big city attractions - Four Major Sports Teams, Big City life.. but the fringy-suburbs is a nice place to grow up -- A place surrounded by cornfields, 25 minute drive from DT Mpls great schools, easy to find a job and a low-COL....

The "Big City" in my State - Twin Cities - is the only Big City in my state. Everything revolves around the Twin Cities. It's the center for the largest University in the State -U of M, state Capital- St. Paul, Largest Cities, etc....

The only places where I could imagine it's similar is Denver, CO or Seattle, WA. Milwaukee, WI maybe... Detroit, MI maybe... Phoenix, AZ maybe... But not like MN.

But for me, it's just what I know. I have no reason NOT to like where I'm from, except maybe the winters. But that's not even bad. It's affordable here... I have my family, friends.. It's clean... Educated.... Articulate... Fun... No reason to move. I almost moved to San Diego once for the weather and West Coast living, but knew there would be a void.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:47 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Convenience. More than 100 miles from a larger metropolis, and about 70,000 population. Which means the city has everything it needs right in town, but town is small enough that you can get there easily (shopping, services, medical, college, etc.) . Best of both worlds. Also, climate (never winter), clean air and environment. Traffic is relaxed, easy to walk, people are honest and friendly.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:32 PM
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Primarily climate. But there are lots of little reasons which, when added together, are just as important.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:17 AM
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Inertia mainly. I grew up 20 miles away. Part of my college career was spent elsewhere but I had a network of friends to return to after graduation.

Knoxville has good demographics for my business. I like the climate and love the mountains.
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:01 AM
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Jobs/strong economy

East coast location

Large metropolitan area

Urban amenities

Lots of activities

Dynamic region

Work from home

Personal comfort zone

... are the main reasons I live in the D.C. area.
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:46 AM
Location: Center City
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Urbanity. To me, this means walkable access to everything I need and enjoy - restaurants, nightlife, museums, theatre & culture, cinema, parks, groceries, drug stores, cleaners, department stores, doctor and dentist offices, etc. Secondary is climate - the cycle of 4 distinct seasons is pretty important to me. Lastly is location - access to other cities, mountains, beaches along with quaint countryside and small towns within a two hour drive for spontaneous get-aways.
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Old 01-04-2012, 05:58 PM
Location: Betsyville
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My job is the only reason I live here, and when I find another one, hasta la vista baby.
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