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Old 04-29-2012, 09:54 AM
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I grew up in the suburbs near a huge city. Back then, suburbs were suburbs and cities were cities. Now, it's all a blur. Feels like Los Angeles or something. The area I grew up increasingly became more and more urban, and still is.

I have always enjoyed being by myself. I always enjoy being outdoors. I like to hunt, fish, fix things, all the nine yards. That was kind of hard to do in cities/suburbs.

I moved to a smaller city further from the metro, and I liked it. I will be moving to an even smaller area, or be completely isolated when all things are set in motion.
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:05 AM
Location: Durham, North Carolina
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Default Have you flushed out your plans fully?

I have to ask if you've flushed out your plans fully because why move rural if you don't want to immerse yourself fully in what rural has to offer?

I've lived urban most of my life and I'm totally sick of it ... so I'm moving rural too. BUT ... I know I have developed a taste for what most cities have to offer, so I'm doing my homework and trying to be within a 45 minute radius of a college town or a mid-to-large city.

Get into Home Depot and get the hell back out.
Spend an hour or so at a gourmet coffee place ... then get the hell back out.
See a foreign movie ... then get the hell back out.
(see a pattern?)

Being retired means I can finally have the dogs and animals I've always wanted but never had the room for. (Or zoning.)

Retirement means de-stressing. (At least for me.) What's that line in the Bible? "Be still and hear my voice"?
We're so addicted to drama and noise and most of that garbage is the problem and not the solution. Becoming a friend to myself ... my animals ... the woman I plan to bring there ... and all the plans that flow out of there.

I guarantee, that if done right, there's no time for boredom!
I want to live longer by exercising rather than sitting on my widening butt and looking at others doing stuff.

That's a HUGE reasons there's so many wacky accidents out there on the roads and highways. People are soooo brainwashed into LOOKING at life through some screen (television screen, computer screen, cell phone screen) that they've come to think their windshield is yet another "screen" to view other people through (like it's tv at 80 mph) instead of staying focused on driving!

Opps ... I'm ... um ... digressing ... huh?
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:15 AM
Location: South Dakota
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[quote=dhanu86;22549206]I want to hear from people who grew up in areas that are close proximity to action and population, but left it all for rural, quiet, in the sticks, away from malls or beaches or casinos or corporate areas.

Did you do it and was it like you expected?
Did you make a mistake and go back where you came from?
Did you love it and never look back?
Did you love it, miss your old home, but got along fine in the new rural home?

I grew up in a major west coast city and lived in cities ranging from 75,000 to more than 1 million after becoming an adult. Now I live in a town of 6,500 people 50 miles from a city of 150,000.

It wasn't all I expected.
In someways it sucks and in other ways it is better than city life. I haven't gone back.

If you make the leap, you will likely find both positives and negatives living in a rural area. Some of each are within your control; others will not be. If you want to fit in, watch, listen, and learn, carefully, because you will be judged based on being different and from a city. And, how you act, what you say, etc., will be used for or against you.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:40 AM
Location: Forests of Maine
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My career had us moving every 3 to 4 years. Sometimes the locations were big city [4+Million people], other times it was small city [100,000 people].

Seven years ago we moved to a fairly rural town [250 people] in an area with low population density [less than 10 people per square mile]. We like it here.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:20 AM
Location: South Carolina
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Yep I did it and we are now making plans for spring 2013 to get out of this one horse town and back close to the city . I dont like having to drive an hour for medical care , nice shopping etc ... ready to go now but gotta save the money to leave . I force myself while Im here to be happy
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:11 AM
Location: Stephenville, Texas
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Originally Posted by duster1979 View Post
I think moving back to your hometown can be harder than moving somewhere that you don't know anybody. We lived in several small towns before landing in my wife's hometown. After almost 4 years she's still having a hard time feeling accepted into any of the cliques that have formed between her schoolmates that have lived in the area all along.
I fully agree. I moved back to my hometown in 2008 after being away for 20 years. I'm helping out my parents, who are getting older now and are needing the help. After 20 years away it is just different. I love living in a small town, but when I retire in the next 8-10 years I intend to move to a small town where I don't know anyone, buy an older home to fix up and work on hobbies and things I enjoy doing. I have friends around the country who would visit and I would be able to travel more as well. I can't explain why it is so difficult coming back to my hometown...but it sure is funny when people you knew really well 25 years ago don't even recognize you when you see them in a store or some place in town.
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Old 03-14-2016, 03:22 PM
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In NYC when folks leave the city for the rural country we like to say See you in Three years.
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Old 03-14-2016, 04:38 PM
Location: Virginia
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When I was 30 (long time ago now!), I moved from a fairly large city to (what seemed like) the back of beyond. When I opened the front door of my house, there were cows in the field outside. Shopping was at least 30 minutes away for basics; and an hour and a half for "big" shopping or going to a doctor's appointment. I truly loved it! Joined a local theatre group and really got to know my truly lovely neighbors. I was sad to leave and have to move to a bigger town of 2500 people for a new job- it seemed so crowded. I still live in the semi-boonies, but due to the presence of the large naval base the commercial area nearby has really taken off in the past few years. It's so nice now to only have a 5 minute drive for groceries and pharmaceuticals - we might even get a Tractor Supply store in the near future- yay!
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Old 03-20-2016, 01:25 PM
Location: Chanute, KS
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We moved from Denver to Kansas last September. He was born here, and has family here. I do not miss the city at all, other than some restaurants. There is a Walmart down the street and good healthcare. Now and then a tractor drives down our street. Five minutes and you are out in the cornfields and ranches. We don't regret a thing. The air is cleaner, the people less stressed, and except for a train now and then, very quiet.
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:57 AM
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Yes. However, the best thing, IMHO, is to be about 45 minutes to an hour to a large town of 100,000+. That way you can be out in the country where it is quiet and be within good shopping, doctors etc. within an hour. Best of both worlds.
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