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View Poll Results: What do you consider your local area?
Within 15 minutes of home 3 6.82%
16-30 minutes 6 13.64%
30 minutes-1 hour 19 43.18%
1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes 9 20.45%
1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 5 11.36%
More than 2 hours 2 4.55%
Voters: 44. You may not vote on this poll

Old 02-14-2017, 10:13 PM
Location: Charleston, SC
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Saw an interesting topic on another board about what people consider to be their local area. For some people it is only the area surrounding their hometown; for others it is a larger area.

The question I'd like to ask is how far away would you consider an event being local- in that I'm not going spend the night, I'll drive there and back in one day.

In Charleston, SC, I'd consider my local area about 1 hour from home. What is usually considered local is anything inside the TV market (Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Williamsburg, Colleton, Georgetown, and parts of Orangeburg and Beaufort counties).

People though go to events that day and back in Columbia (1:30-2 hours), Myrtle Beach (2 hours), Savannah (2 hours), Greenville (3 1/2-4), Charlotte (3-3 1/2), and even as far south as Jacksonville (4 hours).

What do you consider to be your local area?
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Old 02-14-2017, 10:25 PM
Location: Denver
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I'm from Baton Rouge and consider myself a local to New Orleans. I've spent more time here than anywhere else in the state and I've always felt at home here. But please don't tell them that. That's like someone from Jersey saying they are a New Yorker.
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:54 AM
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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I should've read the OP before voting.

I voted 15 minutes because I only read the thread title and was thinking "local area" meant neighborhood.

For NYC I think it depends on which direction you go from the city. You can go 2.5 hours East to the end of Long Island and it all still feels part of the NYC area. But you only need to go about 1 hour South until you get into South Jersey, which is Philly territory. And it's only 1.5-2 hours or so from Manhattan to Philly's core.

Going North is weird though. At least with East there's the geographical boundary when you hit the end of Long Island, and South you have Philly closeby, but there isn't much for a long way up North, so I'm not really sure. I'm thinking somewhere before Poughkeepsie.
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:01 AM
Location: Terramaria
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I voted 30 minutes to an hour (specifically an hour), since this is basically the reasonable commuting distance. But keep in mind, this could mean as little as five miles (NYC/LA, or as much as 75 miles if using highways and an hour as "local"). To someone from Montana for instance, the local zone of Billings may in fact be greater (up to two hours), due to the lack of large cities in the area.

But where I live in Central Maryland, an hour in good traffic with the best highways would put me at Hagerstown to the northwest, just south of York, PA to the north, somewhere in Cecil County to the Northeast (right where the Baltimore influence starts to give way to Delaware Valley influence), around Easton on the Eastern Shore (where any influence from west of the bay starts to give way to the Delmarva culture), and in good traffic, and around Warrenton and Quantico, Virginia where the DC suburbs transition to exurbs and southern influence starts to become apparent. A TV antenna traditionally covered around an hour's drive to most places in addition.
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:19 AM
Location: Arvada, CO
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Denver: E-470 to the North, Lochbuie to the NE, far east Aurora to the east, Parker to the SE, Castle Rock to the south, Conifer to the SW, Evergreen to the west, Lafayette/Louisville to the NW.
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Old 02-15-2017, 04:27 PM
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I don't consider Dallas or Fort Worth to be "local" to me, but I do with places like Lewisville, Lake Dallas, Corinth and Roanoke. I shoulda voted 16-30 minutes.
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:27 PM
Location: 352
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Im from Charleston too and consider Chas, Berkeley, and Dorchestor local. The rest of SC, NC, and GA I see as regional.

I see metro areas as good measures of local for the most part.

I said 30 minutes to 1 hour.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:18 AM
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Within my metro, I live in the Central City, so I consider my local area Peoria Ave on the north, 35th Ave to the west, Washington St to the south, and 24th St to the east. Forms an area that is 6 miles E-W by 9 1/4 miles N-S
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Old 02-16-2017, 02:06 PM
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I'd say 30 minutes by foot but that's a stretch.
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Old 02-16-2017, 03:16 PM
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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This is going to depend largely on population density. Southern New Mexico you can drive up to 2 hours in my opinion and still feel part of the local area. But once you get outside of population settlements here typically it is about 60 miles to the next one.
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