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View Poll Results: How long does it take you to get used to a new place completely?
The first day 6 13.04%
A few weeks 5 10.87%
A few months 3 6.52%
6-12 months 11 23.91%
Up to 2 years 12 26.09%
Up to 3 years 1 2.17%
Over 3 years 6 13.04%
I can never get used to anyplace new 2 4.35%
Voters: 46. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-15-2015, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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From your experience, how long does it take you to feel completely comfortable and assimilated into a newly relocated area?

For me, I would say about 1.5 - 2.0 years. I can honestly say that I am used to living in Fairfield County, CT now and whenever I travel back to my native area (Hartford County, CT), it feels like a totally different world that I would have to get used to all over again if I moved back there. Now it just seems rather rural (in a weird way) and completely lacking sophistication and worldliness compared to here.

How long does it take YOU to get used to a new place? And how has your perspective on your previous place changed, if at all?
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:30 PM
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I'm someone who can feel comfortable in a new place right away.
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:32 PM
 
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I don't need time its all about being comfortable with myself and I am very comfortable with myself.
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:37 PM
 
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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A week
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:41 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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I think it depends on how different the place is. As a child we moved around a lot and the shift between, say, Santa Barbara, CA to suburban Houston to New York City was much larger than the shift between Bergen County, NJ and Hartford, CT.

We've been in our current location about a year and a half and I'd say we're settled - we're familiar with the streets, stores, local landmarks, other towns in the area and we've made a circle of new friends. The spouse, who is a little more directionally challenged than I am, still has to get fairly specific directions but I know my way around.
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:40 PM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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From your experience, how long does it take you to feel completely comfortable and assimilated into a newly relocated area?

For me, I would say about 1.5 - 2.0 years. I can honestly say that I am used to living in Fairfield County, CT now and whenever I travel back to my native area (Hartford County, CT), it feels like a totally different world that I would have to get used to all over again if I moved back there. Now it just seems rather rural (in a weird way) and completely lacking sophistication and worldliness compared to here.

How long does it take YOU to get used to a new place? And how has your perspective on your previous place changed, if at all?
I have lived in OKC for three years and I don't feel any more assimilated to it than I did the day I arrived. In my previous city it only took a few months. I think it depends on the place and whether or not the person is a good fit for it. The better you resonate with somewhere, the easier you will assimilate. There are some places that some people will never be happy, no matter what.

OKC has made me look back on my previous city with deep, painful nostalgia and longing to return.
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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For me, the benchmark moment is when I can chit-chat with other locals reminiscing about old businesses and how much the city has changed.
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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From your experience, how long does it take you to feel completely comfortable and assimilated into a newly relocated area?

For me, I would say about 1.5 - 2.0 years. I can honestly say that I am used to living in Fairfield County, CT now and whenever I travel back to my native area (Hartford County, CT), it feels like a totally different world that I would have to get used to all over again if I moved back there. Now it just seems rather rural (in a weird way) and completely lacking sophistication and worldliness compared to here.

How long does it take YOU to get used to a new place? And how has your perspective on your previous place changed, if at all?
I have to agree with you. When we moved recently, it took us a year to get used to the new area. We still had to give it more time after that to feel completely comfortable. It's now been almost 2 years and we feel like we are assimilated. It can be rough the first year but you have to keep telling yourself to give it time.

I think it also depends on where you move. The reason I say that is because the previous place we moved to, we felt assimilated in about 6-12 months.

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Old 05-15-2015, 07:50 PM
 
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From your experience, how long does it take you to feel completely comfortable and assimilated into a newly relocated area?

For me, I would say about 1.5 - 2.0 years. I can honestly say that I am used to living in Fairfield County, CT now and whenever I travel back to my native area (Hartford County, CT), it feels like a totally different world that I would have to get used to all over again if I moved back there. Now it just seems rather rural (in a weird way) and completely lacking sophistication and worldliness compared to here.

How long does it take YOU to get used to a new place? And how has your perspective on your previous place changed, if at all?
Whats that an hour away? Lol
..Still I know where you're coming from, being out of the town you grew up in/comfortable with..keep a positive attitude and remind yourself that you most likely moved for a greater good!
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Whats that an hour away? Lol
..Still I know where you're coming from, being out of the town you grew up in/comfortable with..keep a positive attitude and remind yourself that you most likely moved for a greater good!
Yes, it's about an hour away. And yes, here in CT, that makes a BIG difference in terms of culture and feel.
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