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Old 08-07-2014, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I never know how to answer that question and I need some help…

Childhood:
Born: Hawaii -- moved before age 2 (< 2 years)
P-K: Washington -- moved at age 5 (<3 years)
K-5 Grade: So. Virginia -- moved at about age 10 (< 7 years)
5-9 Grade: California (Central and Southern) (< 5 years)
10-12 Grade: No. Virginia (< 3 years)

Adulthood:
Northern CA (Sierras/Humboldt) -- < 1 year
San Diego County -- < 4 years
LA/Orange County -- < 5 years
SF BAY area -- < 11 years (split between several homes, but all in the same general area of Sil. Valley)
Colorado -- < 6 years

SO WHERE THE HECK AM I FROM?…

I lived in CA for a total of over 20 years of my life, so if we're going by longevity in a single state, then CA clearly wins, but that was split between many places in the state and doesn't count if I'm talking to other CA'ans. I have family in CO going back for generations and am probably here for good now, but it's only been 6 years to hard to convoke people I'm 'from here', especially since I didn't even arrive until almost age 40. It;s tempting to say Hawaii since I was born there, but when people know that I moved at like age 1 or 2, its laughable to say I'm from there. And it's not really a bragging right I care to have anyways. Most of my childhood (before 18) was actually in VA, but I will never go back by choice and no way am I ever claiming to be from there.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Well, if you're talking purely by state, then California hands down. However, since statewide nativity is less relevant than localized nativity, I would say you're from Colorado now (whichever area within CO that may be).
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:32 AM
 
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I just say I am originally from God and my Mother since I grew up in about 15 different states before I was 15 years old.
You could also just state the current area you are living as where you are from then if asked for details provide whatever details you feel are appropriate.
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Old 08-07-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I'm saying Virginia and California, with a preference for that place you lived from K-5.
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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In my opinion, a good rule of thumb to determine where you're from, would be as follows. Here is a basic example.

Suppose you live in Place A for 10 years. Then, you move to Place B and live there for 5 years. Every year of living in Place B should subtract one year of having lived in Place A. Therefore, after 5 years of living in Place B, you're nativity level of Place A has degraded down to 5 years. At this point, your nativity level of Place B is also 5 years. That is the point of inflection and from then on you can say you're from Place B. Every year of living in a new place means you are becoming more and more disconnected with your previous place(s) and "losing nativity," if that makes any sense.

Under this methodology, you would be considered from California, if talking about which STATE you are from. However, since you've lived in numerous metropolitan areas within California, you would be considered to be from your Colorado metro area, if talking about which METRO AREA you are from.
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Originally Posted by otterprods View Post
I never know how to answer that question and I need some help…

Childhood:
Born: Hawaii -- moved before age 2 (< 2 years)
P-K: Washington -- moved at age 5 (<3 years)
K-5 Grade: So. Virginia -- moved at about age 10 (< 7 years)
5-9 Grade: California (Central and Southern) (< 5 years)
10-12 Grade: No. Virginia (< 3 years)

Adulthood:
Northern CA (Sierras/Humboldt) -- < 1 year
San Diego County -- < 4 years
LA/Orange County -- < 5 years
SF BAY area -- < 11 years (split between several homes, but all in the same general area of Sil. Valley)
Colorado -- < 6 years

SO WHERE THE HECK AM I FROM?…
I had a very similar kind of upbringing, and carried that same nomadic existence into my adulthood. I just tell people I'm from all over the place, because essentially that's the truth.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Schenectady, NY
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I would just tell people that you've lived most of your life in CA and CO.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:21 PM
 
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You're from America.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:44 PM
 
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I would guess Kenya.
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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In my opinion, a good rule of thumb to determine where you're from, would be as follows. Here is a basic example.

Suppose you live in Place A for 10 years. Then, you move to Place B and live there for 5 years. Every year of living in Place B should subtract one year of having lived in Place A. Therefore, after 5 years of living in Place B, you're nativity level of Place A has degraded down to 5 years. At this point, your nativity level of Place B is also 5 years. That is the point of inflection and from then on you can say you're from Place B. Every year of living in a new place means you are becoming more and more disconnected with your previous place(s) and "losing nativity," if that makes any sense.

Under this methodology, you would be considered from California, if talking about which STATE you are from. However, since you've lived in numerous metropolitan areas within California, you would be considered to be from your Colorado metro area, if talking about which METRO AREA you are from.
ha interesting… I didn't work my own math out for each place and I know what you mean. Thanks all!
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