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View Poll Results: Do you still live in the area where you grew up?
Still live in hometown 25 18.25%
Moved away, but still live within two hours of hometown 23 16.79%
Moved away and haven't looked back 61 44.53%
Moved away and then returned. Currently live within two hours of alma matter 28 20.44%
Voters: 137. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-28-2017, 11:12 AM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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It's cliché because I do hate where I grew up? Thanks for allowing me my opinion .
Sorry, I should have used different words.

I've listened to people that I grew up around do nothing but whine & complain about this & it gets old as hell after awhile, but yet they won't move away to wherever they think the greener pastures are. These are the people will not be happy no matter where they live. Not everyone that doesn't like where they grew up is like this but those are the people I had in mind.
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Old 08-28-2017, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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no, but I use to
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Old 08-28-2017, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Define hometown. I spent my childhood in Washington DC but most of my life in Houston and my college years in San Antonio. Loved all three cities.
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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Sorry, I should have used different words.

I've listened to people that I grew up around do nothing but whine & complain about this & it gets old as hell after awhile, but yet they won't move away to wherever they think the greener pastures are. These are the people will not be happy no matter where they live. Not everyone that doesn't like where they grew up is like this but those are the people I had in mind.
I agree with you there. I have family members who do this. Ironically one did move away and it completely changed his life. He was more active, healthy, dressed well, enjoyed his job, everything was better. But alas, he started talking to a girl from high school and moved back and now he's miserable again but refuses to change anything. He could do all the things he did when he moved away but he doesn't. He just *******.
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Old 08-29-2017, 09:53 AM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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Sorry, I should have used different words.

I've listened to people that I grew up around do nothing but whine & complain about this & it gets old as hell after awhile, but yet they won't move away to wherever they think the greener pastures are. These are the people will not be happy no matter where they live. Not everyone that doesn't like where they grew up is like this but those are the people I had in mind.
It gets a lot harder to move after you start to get even a little bit established. The easiest time to move is right when you graduate college or during young adulthood. Once you get a career, relationship, or family established and after you've taken on significant debt, the idea of packing up and moving, while it seems appealing, its much less practical.

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Old 08-29-2017, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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It gets a lot harder to move after you start to get even a little bit established. The easiest time to move is right when you graduate college or during young adulthood. Once you get a career, relationship, or family established and after you've taken on significant debt, the idea of packing up and moving, while it seems appealing, its much less practical.
How much is your happiness worth to you?


People sell houses and change jobs every day. Sure, there's more logistics than when you own nothing more than a microwave and some sweatshirts but it's perfectly doable.


We only get one go 'round. I intend to do what makes me (and my family) happy.
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I grew up in the St. Louis area. There were things I loved, and things I didn't love. Unfortunately, sometimes they went hand-in-hand--for example, I loved the rivers and the rain, but the heat and the humidity drove me nuts.

Due to the Army, I have been in South Carolina, Georgia, Panama, Germany, and Texas. After the military, I have lived in Tulsa, OK, and the Denver, CO area.

I wouldn't say 'never looked back' in my case....I would say, "Looks all over." Sometimes I think it'd be nice to move back to St. Louis (and in my current job, I could do that.) Other times I think I'd like to stay here in Colorado--it'll be 20 years come January 2018, which is actually longer than what I physically lived in Missouri (I left at 18.) In fact, it's been a total of nearly 30 years since I lived in Missouri physically. Sometimes I see the folks I went to high school with on Facebook, posting about get-togethers and reminiscing about old hangouts....and I barely remember a lot of these places. Sometimes I think it'd be nice to be there for these get-togethers, other times I think, "I didn't really have much in common with them *then*, we only found each other on Facebook when it was new and we were all curious."

Then other times I think it'd be fun to try someplace different--the PNW, or New England, for example. I've never even *been* to New England (it's on my list), but every so often I think it'd be fun to live there for awhile. And after a trip to the PNW last year, I found myself thinking, "I could do this." Yes, it was rainy, but it wasn't hot the way St. Louis gets, so I could deal with it better.

Sometimes I think it'd even be fun to move to another country for awhile again. I had a great time in Germany, and I find myself looking at maps and thinking, "So where else would I like to try?"

My mind goes in a million directions, so who knows what I'll eventually decide to do.
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