Why do live where you do?

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Why do live where you do?
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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 3:22pm

Do you live where you do because of a job/career?

or because family is nearby?

Is it near where you grew up?

Do you you have a fabulous view?

If you could fine a viable job elsewhere would you live somewhere else?

Did having children change you ideal place to live?

Great schools?

Great job opportunities?

Great museums?

Great friends?

Do you plan on moving after retirement? Where?

Have you lived in many different areas of the country/continent/world?

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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 3:25pm

Family and DH's strong (to put it mildly) preference to live here.


I've also lived in Illinois (3 years) and Germany (10 months as an exchange student and 2 months as an intern).



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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 3:29pm
I moved here in 1987 for a one year internship. I stayed, got a paying job and met DH. Dh's industry is mainly here or Southern California, we chose the less expensive place and the one with actual seasons. We are here until the boys graduate from H.S.- for the schools - although we have "The Blacksburg Plan" in our back pocket. We are also strongly connected to our "church" and would not move to where there isn't a vibrant congregation nearby. No family nearby- family is scattered so no place to move to be with them.
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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 3:37pm
We moved here because of a job offer, but we have family nearby now, too. It is not where I grew up, and our home has a nice, but not fabulous view. Honestly, the city I live in is "nothing special" as far as architecture is concerned. If I could have a comparable job in another area, there would be mountains and water. This is a great place to raise kids. They tell me the schools are "great" and they are by the usual measures, but I am not satisfied. No great museums, but several world class ones within a a short day's drive. I also have great friends here. And we will "move around" after retirement, but I am not sure we will move permanently.
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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 3:42pm

Do you live where you do because of a job/career? no

or because family is nearby? yes

Is it near where you grew up? yes

Do you you have a fabulous view? no

If you could fine a viable job elsewhere would you live somewhere else? no

Did having children change you ideal place to live? no

Great schools? not public ones in our city, but I am so happy with the Private school 5 minutes from us that we won't move till the kids are grown

Great job opportunities? no

Great museums? some good ones nearby

Great friends? yep

Do you plan on moving after retirement? Where? not really but who knows

Have you lived in many different areas of the country/continent/world? just in Ohio but 2 and 4 hours from where we are now at different times

Amy

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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 3:43pm

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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 3:50pm

My husband is from BC(Western Canada; the interior) and I am from Ontario. He moved from BC to Ontario to live with me then together we moved from Ontario to Alberta(Calgary) thanks to my company offering me a position in any major city of my choice within Canada. After 4 years and a great run we moved into the mountains of British Columbia

"Do you live where you do because of a job/career?"
I left my career when we moved here but we moved to the area with the intention of DH working with his brother and starting their own business. I also loosely planned to work in an artistic capacity which is still in the workds

or because family is nearby?
It influenced us that his brother was moving here with his family. We were not near any family in Alberta which I missed dearly

Is it near where you grew up?
other end of the country

Do you you have a fabulous view?
to die for; mountains all around and our balcony faces the ski resort; we can watch DD snowboarding with our binoculars if we aren't out there with her. We regularly have bears and even more regularly have deer in our community

If you could fine a viable job elsewhere would you live somewhere else?
Only within this region of BC

Did having children change you ideal place to live?
No but I admit that when DD hit 13 and she started getting more independant(wanting to hop a city bus to go to a movie or a friends'...I realized that it was move now or wait until she's out of the house...I was dead set against staying in the city through her teen years and i wanted to expose the kids to a different lifestyle as well as get back to a small town

Great schools?
Great for us. They line up with our priorities(encourage adventure and environmental awareness very aggressively) and there are several alternative school options and non-traditional schools which is a route we will be considering.

Great job opportunities?
Great for DH; so so for me.

Great museums?
local interest museums; this was originally a mining town and the mine shut down a few years ago so it has been transitioning into a tourist driven town and a local mecca for artisans. We go to the "big city" (pop. 1 million-ish) and we hit the big museums and zoo, waterpark etc. if we so desire on those trips

Great friends?

amazing; our friends are scattered across the country but we have gotten to know a really diverse and interesting group that (despite a lot of differences in income etc.) have a common love for the outdoors. Our friends from the West do an annual trip with their families to meet up with us and have a week long camping trip.

Do you plan on moving after retirement? Where?
Nope. I will live and die in this area. Other family members are planning to move into the area as well so I don't plan to live anywhere else.

Have you lived in many different areas of the country/continent/world?

I've lived in several areas in Ontario; Calgary, Alberta and now the mountains of BC. I have travelled Canada extensively and US for business trips (New York, Hawaii, Arizona, Florida ...and a few others I think) and we fully intend to travel when the kids are out of the house. I'd love to see other countries/destinations but don't think I'll ever feel I've done all the travelling I want to do within Canada...always somewhere to go. I have never lived anywhere other than Canada though.

Another factor that influenced our move here is that it also brought us closer to DH's son from a prev relationship enabling us to see him more.

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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 3:55pm

Do you live where you do because of a job/career? No

or because family is nearby? Partially, but mainly because its home

Is it near where you grew up? it is where I grew up :o)

Do you you have a fabulous view? All around me, everywhere I go

If you could fine a viable job elsewhere would you live somewhere else? probably not

Did having children change you ideal place to live? only in that we moved out of the city

Great schools? The schools have problems just like anywhere, but we have some really excellent alternative programs up here (language immersion, charter schools) and I love having that option.

Great job opportunities? Yes

Great museums? Pretty good

Great friends? Wonderful friends, all very long time

Do you plan on moving after retirement? Where? I wouldnt mind wintering somewhere warmer, but would like to keep a house here.

Have you lived in many different areas of the country/continent/world? I spent about 3 months in california but thats it. I've traveled extensively though and just cant find anywhere that compares to where I live.

dj

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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 4:01pm
We live here because it is close enough to family without the PA taxes. Our jobs are here but we could find similar jobs elsewhere. I live about 30 min. from where I spent my teenage years and 2 hrs or so from where I lived in early childhood. I do have a fabulous view and it is one of the many perks of not living in a valley (you have two choices here: mountain or valley). I would live somewhere else but I'd rather not. The crime rate is low and its a fairly quiet area. We have the benefits of a small town with a few larger town perks (thanks to the university). There are few museums here but Pittsburgh isn't far away and there are tons of historical sites to tour. I haven't live in or visited any other countries but it is on the agenda.
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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 4:08pm

Do you live where you do because of a job/career?

PumpkinAngel

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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 4:23pm

Do you live where you do because of a job/career?
No we live where we do because we built our house. When we started living here I guess it was because of dh's position in the Navy but my parents gave us land.

or because family is nearby?
in part

Is it near where you grew up?
next door to where I grew up! I like TALL shrubs!

Do you you have a fabulous view?
Well - I am close to a great view! We live 5 minutes from the ocean - walking. The Mountains are about and hour away and two major cities are within an hour too. Genuinely, a great place to live - if not a little expensive.

If you could fine a viable job elsewhere would you live somewhere else?
I would but we would only rent out our house -

Did having children change you ideal place to live?
Not really

Great schools?
The schools are ok - I am very demanding though.

Great job opportunities?
Yes -

Great museums?
within driving distance!Plus the Red Sox nearby!

Great friends?
Absolutely - and not only kids friends

Do you plan on moving after retirement? Where?
Nope - hope to have a camp and or a vacation home for family to come but otherwise I love me house!

Have you lived in many different areas of the country/continent/world?
Nope - I really would like to.

Courtney

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