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Old 09-04-2014, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Are there certain regions, cities or any places within the U.S. that you feel like you simply fit in naturally and best? Likewise, are there certain places where you feel like you just don't fit in at all?

I had a friend who was born and raised in Indianapolis and he moved to central CT for work, after college. After about 7 years, he moved back to Indianapolis and told me that he "felt like he never fit in, in CT." This is just an example.

For me, I would say that I feel comfortable with almost anywhere in the BosWash Corridor, Florida (other than the panhandle), and certain places out West, such as Albuquerque, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Maybe parts of CA. But that's it. Everywhere else would require some substantial adjustment.

You?

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Old 09-04-2014, 10:45 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Are there certain regions, cities or any places within the U.S. that you feel like you simply fit in naturally and best?
That's pretty easy for me:

1. New York City metro area

2. Washington DC metro area.

The pace, the vibe, the attitudes and the lifestyle feel like a perfect fit.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Derby, CT
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Are there certain regions, cities or any places within the U.S. that you feel like you simply fit in naturally and best? Likewise, are there certain places where you feel like you just don't fit in at all?

I had a friend who was born and raised in Indianapolis and he moved to central CT for work, after college. After about 7 years, he moved back to Indianapolis and told me that he "felt like he never fit in, in CT." This is just an example.

For me, I would say that I feel comfortable with almost anywhere in the BosWash Corridor, Florida (other than the panhandle), and certain places out West, such as Albuquerque and Las Vegas. But that's it. Everywhere else would require some substantial adjustment.

You?
I fit in best where people are in your face, politically lilberal / democratic, fast paced and make awesome food.

And back to the northeast I shall go! ;-)
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I fit in best in two regions (which overlap each other to some extent) - the Mid Atlantic and the South. I have LEARNED to fit in very nicely (and to appreciate) Texas very much but Texas has been an acquired taste for me - sort of like sashimi or merlot. I was taken aback at first but now I love it.

I fit in best where people are friendly and laid back - where they talk with other people in the check out line. One thing that really resonates with me about Texas (as I've gotten older and wiser and more tolerant of others, and yet more put out with government) is that independent sort of spirit coupled with a strong work ethic. When I was younger and more idealistic (and more strident in my beliefs before time and experience mellowed me) I wouldn't have fit in as well here, but now it fits me like a glove.

I like the faster pace of the Mid Atlantic region, coupled with the GREAT beaches and culture closely tied to the coast. Those are two things I miss about that region in particular but I know I can always go visit!

I like many things about other regions but I don't feel that pull or that affinity to them like I do to the south and mid Atlantic regions.
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Sweet Home...CHICAGO
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I fit in best where people are in your face, politically lilberal / democratic, fast paced and make awesome food.

And back to the northeast I shall go! ;-)
Ditto this for me and going back to Chicago. I'm also considering New York City or Seattle.

I lived in Atlanta many years and didn't like it. Was so glad to finally leave there. I had great friends there but I felt like the city just wasn't me. I'm in Texas now, and while I ironically like it better than Georgia, I don't think this is some place where I want to put down roots.

Everyone is very nice and friendly here, but as a single woman who is also liberal, I don't think this will be a good place for me socially in the long run, as it seems everyone I meet is married, engaged or in long-term relationships and/or have small children and are very religious. I am religious (meaning I actively practice my faith) but I am not Christian, so I feel like I don't belong here.
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:15 AM
 
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Big, liberal cities are where I fit best. In general, suburbs make me squeemish and very paranoid. I don't fit in with most suburbanites.
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I fit in best in two regions (which overlap each other to some extent) - the Mid Atlantic and the South. I have LEARNED to fit in very nicely (and to appreciate) Texas very much but Texas has been an acquired taste for me - sort of like sashimi or merlot. I was taken aback at first but now I love it.

I fit in best where people are friendly and laid back - where they talk with other people in the check out line. One thing that really resonates with me about Texas (as I've gotten older and wiser and more tolerant of others, and yet more put out with government) is that independent sort of spirit coupled with a strong work ethic. When I was younger and more idealistic (and more strident in my beliefs before time and experience mellowed me) I wouldn't have fit in as well here, but now it fits me like a glove.

I like the faster pace of the Mid Atlantic region, coupled with the GREAT beaches and culture closely tied to the coast. Those are two things I miss about that region in particular but I know I can always go visit!

I like many things about other regions but I don't feel that pull or that affinity to them like I do to the south and mid Atlantic regions.
Didn't you say that you were planning a visit to New England soon, with your husband or something?
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Didn't you say that you were planning a visit to New England soon, with your husband or something?
Yes, that's our vacation plan for next year for our tenth anniversary. I can hardly wait!

I find that places where my ancestors came from pull at me, probably because I am very into history. Some of my earliest ancestors settled in Salem, MA and were actually on both sides of the Salem witch trials. Then they moved south into PA and the Yorktown and Williamsburg area of VA and stayed there for a long time. In the mid 1700s a branch of them moved to SC and then another branch (my branch ) moved from there to Arkansas and Texas in the early 1800s. Actually they were run out of town, which I think is pretty funny - and didn't stop running till they got to Arkansas, which was definitely the west in those days.

So my ancestors fought (on both sides) in the Revolutionary War, both sides in the Civil War (but predominately the Confederacy), and in the Texas Revolution as well. YEEEHAW!

But back to your question - yes, we'll be doing the New England thing about this time next year. We're very excited! When it gets closer to that date, I'll be picking the brains of CDers for ideas and suggestions!
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Texas and the South is definitely the area I fit in with most. In general fun culture and not as much pretense as in other places. The place I fit in the lease would probably be the Bay Area. Beautiful scenery, and there are nice people there, but also a lot of pretense. A lot of friends I have from the Bay Area that move here do tend to say that's a problem in social circles up there.
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Yes, that's our vacation plan for next year for our tenth anniversary. I can hardly wait!

I find that places where my ancestors came from pull at me, probably because I am very into history. Some of my earliest ancestors settled in Salem, MA and were actually on both sides of the Salem witch trials. Then they moved south into PA and the Yorktown and Williamsburg area of VA and stayed there for a long time. In the mid 1700s a branch of them moved to SC and then another branch (my branch ) moved from there to Arkansas and Texas in the early 1800s. Actually they were run out of town, which I think is pretty funny - and didn't stop running till they got to Arkansas, which was definitely the west in those days.

So my ancestors fought (on both sides) in the Revolutionary War, both sides in the Civil War (but predominately the Confederacy), and in the Texas Revolution as well. YEEEHAW!

But back to your question - yes, we'll be doing the New England thing about this time next year. We're very excited! When it gets closer to that date, I'll be picking the brains of CDers for ideas and suggestions!
Lol oh ok, that's nice!

I'm not sure what types of things you enjoy, but I would recommend Acadia National Park in Maine. It was the first national park in the U.S. and is supposedly beautiful as heck. I never been there though.
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