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Old 07-26-2013, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Supposedly 30db is a "quiet rural area" according to Noise Comparisons

We're in a rural part of the county well east of Seattle, my back yard is ~36db, if there isn't much wind and the birds are quiet.
In contrast the roof of the parking garage at work in Bellevue -yuck- (4 stories up) with no one around and no cars moving is ~65db, 8x as loud as home.

Unfortunately I didn't have the app installed when I was out there, but I bet parts of Owyhee County are down to 20 or lower, very peaceful.

So how quiet is your neighborhood? You can download a free db meter for your phone if you're curious.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:39 PM
 
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yep its very quite where I live. Compared to where I lived in adjoining suburbs its even quite. No loud music from cars etc. About the loudest it gets is neighbor mowing his lawn during the day.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Commonwealth Of Virginia
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I live in a rural area in south central Va, paved road, sometimes however it's 4 hours before a car passes by my house. It's very quiet about 80% of the time, if there's any noise it's mostly from my dogs barking. I don't mind at all.

In the summer, the tobacco farmers get their gas fired barns going, and I can hear them 24/7, but they are at a distance, doesn't bother me .
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:41 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Quiet enough that we hear nature over and above humans. It's quiet, sedate, restful, beautiful and enjoyable. We cherish the serenity!
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:45 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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... About the loudest it gets is neighbor mowing his lawn during the day.
Mine too!!! I am ready to buy them a diesel lawnmower, but prefer a GOAT. I am very sensitive to noise pollution. (I appreciate coming HOME from working in Asia, I'm often in apartments in small rural towns with all night kareoke , or weekends in HongKong, Singapore, KL, Penang, Bangkok, ...)

I can faintly hear the train and barges rumbling along Columbia River (1,000' below me).

NO neighbor dogs, NO NOISE to speak of. A few coyotes at sundown. (yet only 20 minutes to Portland, OR Airport) I will admit to making the most noise in neighborhood but I'm SELDOM there. Occasional Trap shooting from the deck, grinding metal projects, planting flowers with bulldozer, and cutting 7 cords of firewood / yr.

The 'app' would not do me much good. No cell coverage @ home, and forced to be on 'dial-up' for computer access...no dishes or antennii allowed. (The joys of living in a federally protected National Scenic Area)
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:48 PM
 
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The Crickets are INCREDABLY LOUD... and those pesky coons and skunks keep coming out about nightfall and making all kinds of noise.



Seriously, I occasionally hear a car in the distance, or a gunshot, or a chainsaw...
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:47 PM
 
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It is wonderfully quiet, which is how I practically HAVE to have it. Neighbor's barking dogs raise my blood pressure to ER-visit inducing levels, & I'm pretty big on the desire of the avoidance of the noise of sirens, loud car exhausts, other's music, leaf blowers etc. At night in the summer, you hear crickets; in the winter, nothing. On occasion you may hear a gunshot in the distance from far-away neighbors apparently target-practicing, & that's practically it. Although we're about 150 yards from a busy-sh road, the woods screen out the noise to where you can almost not hear it at all, & you surely can't see it nor can they see you.

Yet, at the same time, the 1 one neighbor I do have, about 100 yards away with woods between us as a "buffer" zone, is a disabled veteran who, besides being unbelievably silent, also can hear very little, so if I make a bit of noise on occasion he's not apt to even hear it. So if I get frustrated & shout on occasion, it's no biggie, yet they never do any of that. My kids can play outside alone, nothing bothers them & they don't bother anybody. Behind us we have a "buffer zone" of about 60 acres of woods, owned by my landlord & the other neighbor never goes onto it even though they could, outsiders can't since it's the landlords, thus it's practically mine.

And to think I only pay $50 a month for this? You can't be serious. But it's the truth.

LRH
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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I never leave home without my earplugs.
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Florida
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We aren't as remote as we used to be but when it's the bird that has taken up residence in the tree out front that wakes me up every morning, it's quiet enough.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:28 PM
 
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Quiet!

brushrunner
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