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View Poll Results: On a Scale From 1-10, How Rooted In Your Area Are You?
1 (Not Rooted) 5 7.81%
2 5 7.81%
3 (Lightly Rooted) 5 7.81%
4 6 9.38%
5 (Moderately Rooted) 10 15.63%
6 2 3.13%
7 (Highly Rooted) 9 14.06%
8 4 6.25%
9 (Extremely Rooted) 12 18.75%
10 6 9.38%
Voters: 64. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-03-2009, 11:16 AM
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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1 not rooted, meaning i'll pack up my car with everything i can put into it and be gone without many goodbyes to say. Just a question of when.
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:25 AM
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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1 not rooted. This is my 6th state. I moved from San Diego to Philly to DC metro within the past 2 years. I did these last 3 moves with my toddler. My family lives cross country, but not near me. No one would notice if I left or moved into their town tomarrow. I will be here for at least 1.5 years so I'm trying to make friends and get more attached here. I could really use a home base. Out of the 6, San Diego is where I have most friends, most community and thus feels most like home to me- can't afford it or get a job there tho'.
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:29 AM
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I voted "lightly rooted" #3 since we own a home in our community and my partner has a good stable job here. We also have a nice group of friends.

However, we are both very open to living in other areas when the time is right!
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:58 AM
Location: Alabama!
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I'm deeply rooted here in north Alabama. My parents are buried here...my brother lives 5 houses away...my husband's parents live down the street...my daughter is halfway between us and her grandparents, and she has a new baby.

However, my parents were both from the same small town in western North Carolina, and most of my relatives still live in that area.

Sometimes I wish I could just pick up and move someplace new and different. Run off to the beach, or move to a big city. We did live in Atlanta for a few years with no relatives.

But it is really nice having in-laws, nieces and nephews close by. My kids went to my elementary school and high school. 1 of their teachers was a high school classmate of mine, and many of their friends' parents were in high school at the same time as I and my husband. My lawyer, plumber, and banker were just ahead or behind us in high school...my accountant is the son of my parents Sunday school teacher...and so on.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:51 PM
Location: Here
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I'm extremely rooted. everyone I know lives here. and I'm here for generations etc.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:02 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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I clicked #2. I left my home state 53 years ago, and never returned there to live, nor had any desire to, but family still lives there. However, it is possible I will never go back there again.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:25 PM
Location: Near L.A.
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I voted "10".

My father's family settled in Henderson County, KY in the very early 1800s on a land grant from George Washington. My great-grandfather (x5, I think) fought alongside the General and was even fairly close to him, according to records.

My mother's family also settled in Henderson Co. in the early-mid 1800s.

I still have family spread throughout the Henderson, Webster, Hopkins, and Daviess County areas (they're clustered in a "T" shape) and was even born in Hopkins Co. I am an 8th-generation western Kentuckian, but now live in central Kentucky and have absolutely no desire to return to the west.

In fact, I have no desire to stay in Ky. in general, unless it's in extreme northern Kentucky. My first pick is Houston, TX, and I know I will land there eventually. I just have to find a decent $30K/yr. job first, and with a lot of recent college grads in this tough economy, I'm up against some tough competition.

I feel quasi-shameful that I voted "10" yet have the desire to get out of Ky. I have tried and prayed so hard to find a compelling reason to stay here, or at least be happy here in the meanwhile. But, I have never fit in with the people and culture of rural Kentucky (and rural is 95% of Kentucky, you know.) I've looked very much into L.A., Seattle, Fort Worth, Atlanta, and Chicago, but for some strange reason I can't put my fingers on I always find something great and desirable about Houston (i.e. people I meet, things I read on C-D, etc.) that keep my interest perked in that city. I can at least try it out.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:28 PM
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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I chose 10 for Massillon/Canton because that's "home." (I think I'd be a 3 for Youngstown--where I'm currently living) My paternal grandparents moved to the Canton/Massillon area in the early 1950's. My mother's maternal grandparents also moved to the area in 1950. My mom's paternal grandparents have been in the area for generations.
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:36 PM
Location: Augusta GA
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I put a 2. Just not into the socially conservative aspects of Georgia. Now when I lived in Fayette Conty near Atlanta, I would give that a negative 10.
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