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View Poll Results: Are you happy where you live?
Very satisfied 41 31.54%
Somewhat satisfied (Not perfect, but plan on staying) 31 23.85%
Somewhat unsatisfied (staying put because of factors such as family, job, etc) 26 20.00%
Unsatisfied (can't wait to leave, and will when the time comes) 32 24.62%
Voters: 130. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-12-2008, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Well, the weather could be better everywhere in some form or another, and the cost of living here isnt that bad, really. I do agree about the mountains though. They might buffer sprawl some. And yes, the people here are great. I love Chicagoland, havent found anyplace else that makes me feel the way I do here. Im addicted.
Yeah, that's what I was trying to say. There will always be something that could be better - nothing is perfect. I actually like Chicago weather and agree the living costs aren't that bad - except for that sales tax increase . I think it's the people that make a place. And I haven't found a better fit for me (and I've looked).
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I'm satisfied. I'm right outside (10 mins by train) the largest city in the country. I have beautiful parks atop the Palisades overlooking the Hudson River, hills and mountains to the west and north, the shore, and Jersey City itself is getting more exciting by the day. It's hot in summer and cold/chilly in winter with snow only occasionally. Negatives are the cost of living and the fact that the neighborhood, though "up and coming" hasn't "arrived" just yet.
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:36 PM
 
Location: SAINT CLOUD
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ST.CLOUD,MN
Not Yet, I've Lived All Over The U.s. And I Still Miss Michigan. But Then Again No Employment Is A Real Downer.
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:13 PM
Status: "I'm an Unmherkun puppy-kicking Socialist" (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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In my experience, being satisfied with where you live ultimately depends on

a) Knowing yourself well enough to know what you're interested in and what kind of person you are.
b) Accessibility to clubs or groups that reflect your interest
c) Finding soulmates in that group or other groups that share your values and interest.

I know it's easy for me, a single person, to sit up here and say "that's all you really need in a community". Other people have priorities just as substantive, especially if they have kids (good schools, cheap real estate, taxes, police brutality, political corruption, etc). True, there are complaints about weather and scenery and such, which are important to some people.

On the other hand, no amount of great weather, great schools, great scenery, and so forth is going to make you happy if you can't find at least a few people who make you feel positive as a person. Maybe if people would take time and effort to search out a group with which they can fit in with and to enrich themselves, more people would be happier about where they live.
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:21 PM
 
Location: San DiFrangeles, Ca
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I love L.A.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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Maybe if people would take time and effort to search out a group with which they can fit in with and to enrich themselves, more people would be happier about where they live.
A lot of us are stuck where we are do to Jobs. We would never choose to live here. It was Philly or no Job - and with kids, we don't have the luxury to move where we want. However, when you are young and single, go for it-live somewhere diff. from where you've been. Chances are things will work out fine.
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: The rolling fields of Central Illinois
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Well, the weather could be better everywhere in some form or another, and the cost of living here isnt that bad, really. I do agree about the mountains though. They might buffer sprawl some. And yes, the people here are great. I love Chicagoland, havent found anyplace else that makes me feel the way I do here. Im addicted.

Addicted? I find that a little strange. What are you addicted to? Sprawl?
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Somewhat satisfied.
I love Denver, dont get me wrong. I just miss the food, CTA, and not having my family/friends here (chicago).
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Addicted? I find that a little strange. What are you addicted to? Sprawl?
Pfft.

Yes, sprawl is part of the problem, but I dont LOVE it. Im addicted to the towns, the people, the architecture, the 4 seasons, the food, the culture, the sports teams, etc... Need me to go on?
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Old 03-13-2008, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Porter Ranch, California (San Fernando Valley)

I chose "somewhat satisfied."

I would like 5-10" more rain per year and I also liked the much lower population in the 1960s VS today and the large portions of undeveloped land.

If it wasn't for the above, I would choose "very satisified."
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