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Old 03-21-2012, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Which is more common?

a) People having families (cousins/aunts/uncles) who all tend to stay in one state and it's neighbors (ie you live in PA and your aunt lives in NJ while your sister lives in MD)

b) People having families (cousins/aunts/uncles) who all tend to be spread out (ie you live in PA and your aunt lives in MT while your sister lives in TX)?
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:32 PM
 
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like 90% of my Family is within 20 miles of my house, a few live out on the West Coast
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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Mine are all over the place now -- immediate family (besides my little family) is in San Francisco, and the rest of my extended family is in the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes states (WI, IL, MI, OH). Funny thing is, if I could relocate, I'd move to MN, which unfortunately isn't where any of my family is and would actually EXTEND the demographics of my family.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:39 AM
 
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We have about 50% of the family fairly local in NY & PA, and the rest are scattered in ME, MA, FL, KY, TX, AZ
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:36 AM
 
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The secret of happiness:
To have a close and caring family....in another state.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:41 AM
 
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I would say scattered is quite a bit more common. Pockets of the country like the greater Philly area tend to be much more provincial in terms of family being born, raised, living and dying all in the same neighborhood.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I think the most common is for the majority of the immediate family to be within a few hundred miles of each other (within a state or two) and have one or two family members somewhere random.

Going further from your hometown is definitely more common now than it was 100 or even 50 years ago.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:17 PM
 
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I would say option b with more family in several different locations.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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My only sister lives in the same state as her three daughters and all her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and our parents died in that state. But I, her only brother, live a thousand miles away.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Mine are all spread out right now. My parents were in New York for a while, but they retired and now split their time between India and Boston. My sister is in Ann Arbor, MI for school right now. My brother and his wife are in Toronto. Relatives I'm fairly close with are in Boston for the most part, with some in NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Chicago, Seattle, Charlotte, and Rochester, MN.

So my immediate family is a bit scattered, but we're all a short flight or train ride away (when my parents are in the US, that is), so it's not bad. I'm really close with my siblings and parents, so we get together whenever we can.

Not technically family, but my girlfriend is in Philadelphia finishing up her PhD, and will be returning to New York once finished.

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