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Old 04-04-2016, 08:59 AM
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I live in the same area i was born in and grew up in, mid sized suburb of a mid sized city in central NJ. No real desire to move outside of the area... we are kind of central to a lot of great places, 30 minutes to a beach, an hour to the mountains or Manhattan.

Things are constantly changing here, but I'm used to the town, the people, the seasons.. just like it. If i were to move, probably would not go too far, maybe one state away or so.
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:19 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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Wow, that can be radically varied. Some cities are growing, some are shrinking, some are just stagnant. Points of view between those three scenarios will produce highly divergent opinions. Also, at what point do you cut off the population figure for city? 50k, 100k, 250k, as that number can also have an impact on some desire to change or not. Its entirely possible for persons in some of this countries largest metro areas to never leave and still ahve huge diversity in things to see, do , live, and work.

With that being asked. I will offer that I've lived in the same city all my life. I've watched it grow from 100k to 400k. That has meant that things have grown here as I've grown, so the desire to move because life was stagnant never really materialized. It also has meant that as the population has grown outward from the city center, I've watched things I've know fall into neglect and disrepair as new residents demand newer, faster, better etc that is hard to find in the older neighborhoods. I've watched things change, sometimes not for the better, traffic increase, and attitudes change. I've watched some things repurpose and rebuild. One thing I have noticed is that despite the growth, many neighborhoods retain their appeal, character, and families in very similar classes to how they were first laid out and marketed. High end to low end, the cost and appeal when they were new has not changed now that they are 25, 50, or even 100 years older.

I've thought about leaving on a couple of occasions, but not being able to clearly define what my relocation requirements would be, never pursued it. Additionally, because I worked at companies that were pretty large with a reach that extended nationally or even internationally, I was able to travel to other locations for temporary assignments and experience a slice of life away from my home that allowed me to return without the disruptions of changing housing, jobs, or pay grades.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:05 AM
Location: The Springs
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60 years old. Have lived almost 48 years along the Front Range of Colorado. Denver Metro/Colorado Springs. Moved around for my father's job a lot when a youngster for short periods (CA, MT, Western CO). The only other place I'd lived a fairly long time was SLC Metro for about 11 years in the late '50s and '60's. Getting close to retirement so my wife and I are looking at other options, such as southern NM. I was fortunate enough to have a job that allowed me to travel the country for almost 14 years. I did enjoy that.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:18 AM
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well the city i grew up in in the 90s does not resemble the one i am now, nothing but strip malls chain restaurants for as long as the eye can see

thank god i have mountain ranges and forests in every direction to enjoy myself in
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Old 04-05-2016, 06:46 AM
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I've lived in the Charlotte metro area all of my 50 years of life. I absolutely love it here. I lived in a few other suburbs around Charlotte from 1988-2011, but came back to the city I grew up in. It's home. And yes, I do get a warm and fuzzy feeling sometimes when I'm running errands around town and pass by old stomping grounds, schools, teenage hang-outs, parks I played at as a kid, the old shopping center where my dad use to take me to get my hair cut, etc. I had a great childhood and loved growing up here. I do think some people live in bad areas or areas that can't support their goals in life, so they have good reason to move elsewhere. But I think, too, many are obsessed with the "grass-is-greener" syndrome and get bored way to easily, have to be perpetually stimulated, and/or have unreasonable expectations about life. As I posted on a thread last week, there are only 2 other areas I'd ever consider moving; Charleston, SC and Orlando, FL. We've visited those areas many, many times over the decades and know we could live there and be happy. But even with those places, we would probably be following our adult children there before we'd move. There's a lot here in the Charlotte area economically, recreationally, and a great quality of life that's kept my whole family here over the decades. And, like I said, it's home. Interesting thread. I've enjoyed reading everyone's experiences. Thanks for posting it!

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