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Old 10-24-2009, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Michaux State Forest
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How big was the city you grew up in, was it rural, big city, or in between? How many kids were there in your school, did you graduate with 3, 30, or 300? Did you like your hometown? I grew up in a large 100,000+ city, but I visited a roommates' hometown in Maine and there were about 150 ppl in the whole town, she went to a consoledated(sp?) school.
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Old 10-24-2009, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH/Portland, OR
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Between birth and adulthood (18), I lived in a ghost town (yes, for real), a town of 200,000 +/-, a town of 30,000 +/-, and a town of 10,000 +/-. For the most part it was extremely boring and culturally devoid. I would have liked the opportunity to develop my mind, body, and spirit in a larger city, or at least a more progressive one. But alas, we do not choose our childhood homes.
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Old 10-24-2009, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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I was born in a city with a population of around 7 million but I grew up/growing up in a suburban neighborhood that was still within city-limits (pop. 35,000) near the border. The city now has over 8 million people. My current school (High School) has over 3,000 students but only about 400 Seniors (many people drop out) and I'm graduating in June 2010.

I didn't/don't like growing up here but it has helped me a little, I want to live elsewhere as I've got all the benefits of growing up here.
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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How big was the city you grew up in, was it rural, big city, or in between? How many kids were there in your school, did you graduate with 3, 30, or 300? Did you like your hometown? I grew up in a large 100,000+ city, but I visited a roommates' hometown in Maine and there were about 150 ppl in the whole town, she went to a consoledated(sp?) school.
I grew up in a small city with about 120,000+ people, and a metro area of about 230,000+. My school enrollment was about 700 and graduated with about 170, but that's because it was a academy. high schools around here are about 1000+ enrollment. I liked it for what is was; nice things to do, but it's not exciting or fun.
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Searching n Atlanta
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I was born in Charlotte NC 1.7 mil(Metro) but grew up in Fayetteville NC 340,000(Metro), and now live in Atlanta 5+ (metro) and have lived in Colorado Springs 670,000(Metro) and Chicago 8+ (Metro) and of all of them Fayetteville was my favorite. Friendly people lots to do and pretty big for Metro size. My high school Pine Forest was the best the most diverse school ever. Great Military town I loved it best city ever.


But CS was so beautiful and would love to go back but I stay sick being there
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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I was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia (city proper 440,000, metro 1.7 million) and I love it.
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:19 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I grew up living either out in the country or mostly small towns. The city I graduated High School from was 15,000 people and my graduating class was 242 kids. What I would consider my "hometown" though had a population of 1200 people and still has a population of 1266 (school enrollment k-12 is around 1700 though). Culturally deprived? Nope, I went everywhere and by the time I graduated High School I had lived in a couple different states and had been to 45 of the 50 States. Had been to most of the places we studied about in the US and Canada before we covered them in school. Had friends from many different Countries and different cultures. Best friend from Kindergarten to this day is Hispanic and his family (my second family) speaks Spanish instead of English in the home along with celebrating the Mexican holidays in traditional ways and I was always part of those times. Other friends were Native Americans and I have been to plenty of meetings and celebrations. Had Foreign exchange students live in our home while a kid so I got to see a glimpse of their cultures as well.

Even in small town USA if you want, there are plenty of ways to see beyond your little corner of the World and expand your understanding. My parents made sure we were not isolated by the mere obstacle of location. As an adult I have lived in big cities (Dallas, Detroit, etc...) and out where a city of 8000 was the biggest "city" for a 150 miles in any direction. Where French is the main language and English is the "fallback" language (Far Northern Maine). Right now I am back in the same town I grew up in and have no plans for leaving EVER. Why? Because when we started having kids and expanding our family, there was no place where the quality of schools, quality of people, and quality of life meshed so well with what we wanted, and how we wanted them surrounded growing up. Did I like growing up here? Damn right I did!
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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How big was the city you grew up in, was it rural, big city, or in between? How many kids were there in your school, did you graduate with 3, 30, or 300? Did you like your hometown? I grew up in a large 100,000+ city, but I visited a roommates' hometown in Maine and there were about 150 ppl in the whole town, she went to a consoledated(sp?) school.
I grew up about 30 miles northwest of New York City. The town was about 1.3 square miles and had fewer than 7000 residents. It was suburban, but still had a large amount of wooded areas and a few small farms. Now all the woods are gone except for a park and the houses are bigger, there are four or five traffic lights (I remember when the first one was installed) and most of the streets have curbs and sidewalks, which only the main roads had at one time.

I had 119 in my graduating class. It was a good town to grow up in that everyone knew one another and it was a safe place. It still is, and I ended up returning back there to raise my own daughter.
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Old 10-24-2009, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I grew up in a city of 260,000 (metro was probably 1.4 mil at the time). It wasn't a horrible place to grow up (although many of you may have seen I don't always have the best things to say about it). My high school had about 1800 students, or about 400 in my grad. class. We were one of five or six public high schools in the city.

Today I live in a city that's roughly the same population, but in a MUCH MUCH larger metro area.
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Old 10-25-2009, 12:01 AM
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I grew/growing up in the town of Waco Tx about 120,000 although I plan on leaving here the second I graduate. I like it here a lot and it doesn't deserve the bad press it gets.
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