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View Poll Results: Do you still live in the area where you grew up?
Still live in hometown 25 18.38%
Moved away, but still live within two hours of hometown 23 16.91%
Moved away and haven't looked back 60 44.12%
Moved away and then returned. Currently live within two hours of alma matter 28 20.59%
Voters: 136. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-27-2017, 04:54 PM
 
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I lived in Pittsburgh and still live in the area
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Old 08-27-2017, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Big Bayou
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I hated where I grew up. My life since leaving and never looking back has been mostly great. Life in my hometown was mostly miserable.
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:37 PM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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Three years ago, I reluctantly moved back to St. Louis after being away for 20+ years. I knew it looked appealing on paper. My memories told me something different. After being back 3 years, St. Louis has been very good to me. The small big city culture is great. A fair cost of living with a good quality of life. At the same time I still have the big city lifestyle that is affordable and manageable.
This is interesting. For me, memories and nostalgia clouded my memories of my hometown and it was only after moving back that every reason I left hit me like a ton of bricks. When I left, I didn't think I would ever return under any circumstances and three years later I let my family and nostagia talk me into doing it.

St. Louis, in my opinion, is just about that right size that it's large enough to satisfy people wanting an urban area but small enough that it doesn't have a lot of the problems like traffic and high cost of living. St Louis also has a unique culture due to its age and history.
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Old 08-27-2017, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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I grew up inside the Seattle city limits in the 60's and 70's and was able to achieve good employment in the 80's in Seattle. A new job opportunity took me to Eastern WA in the 90's. From there I moved to Anchorage, then Eugene, and then Idaho for many years. As I look at retirement, I chose Tri-Cities. Mainly because the COL is lower than the Seattle area, but beyond that better weather. So not within two hours, but within three, and I enjoy being relatively close to my hometown. So I missed your parameters, but my parameters are somewhat different. 3 hours is fine.
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Old 08-28-2017, 07:41 AM
 
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St. Louis, in my opinion, is just about that right size that it's large enough to satisfy people wanting an urban area but small enough that it doesn't have a lot of the problems like traffic and high cost of living. St Louis also has a unique culture due to its age and history.
I agree.
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Old 08-28-2017, 08:34 AM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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I love where I grew up, but I had to move to get a job in my field. I plan on moving back by the time my future kids start school though. (It isn't as difficult to find a job once you have experience)
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Old 08-28-2017, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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There was no selection for "Moved away, but planning to return some day". That's what I would have chosen...
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Old 08-28-2017, 09:32 AM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Some people never leave their hometown while others leave and never look back. There's a third group that does leave but for whatever reason they either get nostalgic or get down on their luck and end up moving back to their hometown. For the purposes of this poll, your hometown is wherever you graduated high school, regardless of how many places you lived growing up. I also consider living within two hours of your alma matter living in the same area you grew up in for all intents and purposes.

So which group do you fall into? Where did you grow up and where are you living now? If you stayed in your hometown or you moved back after having moved away, are you happy with that decision or do you want to move? If you left, are you happy with that decision and/or do you ever consider moving back home?

I fall into the third group in that I moved away for about three years and then moved back home primarily due to the Great Recession and pressure from family.
I grew up in Oklahoma and then moved to New England, then the Southeast, and then the West Coast. I moved back to Oklahoma after being gone for almost twenty years.

The only major region I have not lived in is the Midwest.
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Old 08-28-2017, 10:36 AM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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There was no selection for "Moved away, but planning to return some day". That's what I would have chosen...
This. It is cliche as hell to hear people talking about how much they hated where they grew up. Not everyone does hates where they grew up, even if it is a small town or rural area. I wouldn't want to grow up any other way.
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Old 08-28-2017, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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This. It is cliche as hell to hear people talking about how much they hated where they grew up. Not everyone does hates where they grew up, even if it is a small town or rural area. I wouldn't want to grow up any other way.
It's cliché because I do hate where I grew up? Thanks for allowing me my opinion .
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