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View Poll Results: How far would you ever move from family (and close friends)
Would not leave the metro-area 1 4.17%
Would not leave the state 0 0%
Would not move further than a 5-hour drive 6 25.00%
Would not move further than a 10-hour drive 1 4.17%
Would not move to another time zone 1 4.17%
Proximity to family/friends is not a deciding factor 14 58.33%
Are you kidding? I'm trying to move away from my family! 1 4.17%
Voters: 24. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-14-2009, 09:45 PM
 
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Just curious...

When considering where you would ever move, it seems like proximity of family and friends often determines long-term satisfaction with a location far more than weather, scenery, lack of crime/traffic, etc.

So... even if you dream of moving to the other coast or to a world-class city, how far would you ever realistically go from your family (and family-like friends)?

Note: if you are married (with or without children), I am talking about your other family members, obviously. I'd hope no one would move "away" from their spouse and children.

Last edited by Bo; 02-14-2009 at 10:30 PM.. Reason: Updated title to make thread easier to find with search.
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Not more than like 4 hours away.
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Old 02-14-2009, 10:59 PM
 
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Not important in the least bit. I wouldn't think about it if I were moving to another continent.

I feel so sorry for my friends who will live in the same region(and sometimes even the same state) because they simply cannot move away from their families. Especially considering that this isn't exactly the place to be right now. There is so much better out there and so much to see and I'm not gonna be inhibited by anything like that.
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Old 02-14-2009, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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It is an important fact in deciding where I would move but I still would move if I had a job and I really liked where I wanted to move. Family is the number one reason for people moving.
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Old 02-15-2009, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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It can depend on the situation. If I had kids, I would want them to be near their grandparents. I always had my grandparents within like an hour's drive growing up, and still see them maybe once a month. I enjoy it. Grandparents can bring so much to a kid's life.

If you are single and young, having your parents around may not seem like such a big deal. In fact, having your parents around might be a bad idea in your mind.

I wouldn't want to be too far from my family, and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. I can travel, take vacations, but Missouri will always be home. It's where my family's been since the Civil War (for the most part), it's where I was raised, and part of who I am.
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:34 AM
 
Location: West of the 100th Meridian
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Not at all important. In fact I think my family would rather I lived farther away, somewhere different. They don't travel very much so the opportunity to go to a new city that was far away would be welcome. Was even told as much about a dozen years ago when I first moved here. The choice was between Austin and Denver and they said later they wished it had been Austin so they could come visit somewhere new. But with phones and email, there isn't much need for ME to be close to family.
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I love my family BUT if a great job opportunity presented itself and it was far away....I'd still go and they would want me to go.
We all want what's best for each other.

One of my cousin's went to graduate school in D.C. and now works in CA.

They can always come visit and I can come visit as well.
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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wouldn't leave the metro... i have family in NJ, NYC, and CT.. and they are there all the time whenever i need them.
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:10 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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I know I can always come home so it doesn't really worry me. Plus, I know people from all over the world (and hope that only becomes more true in the future)
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:54 PM
 
Location: IN
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No, it is not nearly as important as it used to be with the constant global communication network we have in place. If I see an excellent job in another location that fits my qualifications I will apply for it. The only area I would not conisder is the far southern tier of the US.
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