How did you end up in the city you are currently living in?

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  1. Jinkies

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    Hello all!
    As I am getting (somewhat :)) closer to graduating from college I am starting to think about where I will move to, if I will stay where I am now, go back to the city where I was raised or just move to a brand new place. If you don't mind saying how did you all end up where you are now? Are you living in the place where you grew up, where you went to school, was your spouse relocated, did you go where the jobs were etc.? Thank you so much! Have a great weekend!
     
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    My husband and I both grew up in this little town.
     
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    I've always lived in the same state just a few different places for grad school/college but we currently live where my husband already owned a place but I would love to move somewhere sunny most days without it being overly hot if that's possible!! BUT, my family lives here and as soon as we have kids, I think I would regret moving somewhere else. Just think about what truly makes you happy and you will prob be happy no matter where you decide. People adapt.
     
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    I was born on Long Island; Peter was born in nearby NYC.

    We both grew up on Long Island, though we live about 20 minutes from the house I was raised in. This island is where my family is, where all my memories are. It's home.
     
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    We were living in the suburbs of Toronto when we got married; my husband lived there all his life and I had been there since I was 10. After Alex was born, we decided to move out of the city, as our area wasn't the safest. We thought about what attributes of a community were important to us, how much we had to pay for a house, and ended up where we are. I love it here.
     
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    I grew up outside of Philly but met my now-husband on a camping trip in western New York. After a few years, I moved to central Ohio and transferred my teaching certificate to be with him.
     
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    We are both from NJ. We moved in the middle from where we grew up. We were looking for 3 things in a town: a nice downtown, a train to NYC and good schools. We love our town and hope to stay here and raise our family.
     
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    I grew up in southern Delaware and went to college in Northern Delaware. I got a job there and stayed there for 7 years - 90 minutes from my parents. I met my BF online, and he lived 90 minutes in the other direction. So after a few years of back and forth every weekend, we decided to move in together, so I moved to central PA. Now I am about 3 hours from "home" and living in a new state. I would prefer to live in DE if I could. We have talked about moving back in a few years.
     
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    We've moved all over the place for jobs.
     
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    I grew up in Sullivan county NY and went to college in central NY near Binghamton. After undergrad i moved to NYC with my then-boyfriend....we broke up, and then I moved from brooklyn, into manhattan with a roommate, then got my own apt on the other side of the street, then lost my awesome job that allowed me to afford that place. While franticly searching for a new job and blowing through my savings paying rent, I met the man of my dreams, and fell head over heels in love with him. The problem, he lived about 2 hours upstate from NYC. I couldn't find a comparable job, and he asked me to move in with him, so I did. We rented a uhaul, packed up my apartment and I moved to Orange County NY. Now I teach pre-school here, and we live in a little house on 2 acres. We also have chickens...something my city friends would laugh their heads off if they found out! haha reading that back, it sounds so cheesy, but thats how it happened!:hugs:
     
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    I was born in raised in a suburb on one side of DFW and now I live in a suburb on the other side of DFW.
     
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    Two words -- A job, lol. I grew up about 3.5 hours north of where I presently live.
     
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    I live in the same town where I grew up.

    When I was 17, I moved to a nearby town for college. Then I moved to another town, about 15 miles from my college town, to do my student teaching. After I graduated, I moved back to my hometown for the summer, and I applied for jobs in my hometown and the other two towns where I'd lived. I also had interview requests from Hamilton, Ohio, and Henderson, Nevada. My first offer came from my hometown, and I've been here ever since.
     
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    I moved here because it was the only place I could find a job. I do wish I lived closer to home sometimes, but for the most part I'm very happy here. There are things that I appreciate about living here that I wouldn't have found had I gotten a job in my home state.
     
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    I grew up about 20 miles from here. My parents owned a business here. I worked there.

    In the Air Force, I was stationed 30 miles from here. I used to hang out here a lot.

    It's a college town, and I went to school here.

    I met my wife when she was a student here.

    She ended up going to grad school here.

    Went to work for a school district 12 miles from here.

    I guess it was fate.
     
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    I've only lived in 2 cities in my life: L.A. & moved at age 13 an hr away to where I am now. I'd liketo stay in this city!
     
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    My family moved here when I was in high school. I met my husband...dad moved, mom died, I stayed.
     
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    It's only 1.5 hours from where I grew up and where I met dh. He was doing work up here for his job and loved the town. I applied to districts around here, got a job, and bought a house.
     
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    would anyone move for weather reasons if it meant

    A) they are really happy on sunny days (like me!)
    B) even if they were moving out of state away from family members (my family lives here so that's the main reason why I'm here but I really crave sunshine I think I have "SAD" because I just feel so much energetic when the sun is out!!!) My family doesn't see each other that often even though we're only 30 mins or so away- mainly because we are just different people if that makes sense instead of "hey let's do something together" most weekends kind of family members (between my parents and my bro and I) we just do our own thing most days except for the occasional family get together.
     
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    I always thought I'd move to AZ after graduation. I LOVE the heat and sun. But then I met dh and he was from the Bay area. I knew marrying him meant moving across the country so he could be near his parents (only child). But it was worth. I adore my new 'home'.
     
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    fell in love, moved away, still in love, got married, still in love, had babies, still in love, moved home, still in love, near babysitters for Date Nights! :)
     
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    I was applying to international schools in Mexico, and when offered my current position, this is where we came.
     
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    My husband is in the military. We're at our second duty station now. I'm hoping after here that he either gets out or gets stationed back home, close to family.
     
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    My husband got a job here. So here I am.
     
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    After college I moved back home. My Grandmother moved into the same town as my parents (my Dad's an only child). She moved in next door to my future hubby. We met got married. He lost his job, found a job that moved us from Nebraska to Michigan. We lived in 1 town, not a great neigborhood. When dd was 2 yrs. old we started looking for a house. Based our decision on the schools. We've been in this house 17 years.

    Yes, I'd like to move back to Nebraska, but not until ds is out of high school, then depending on where he goes to college, maybe not until after that.

    Of course, the economy must improve for that to happen!
     
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    Found our dream house here.
    We really live in the best place for us...we can be at the shore in a little over an hour, NYC in about 45 minutes, hike the Palisades with gorgeous views from the cliffs over the Hudson River, farmers markets minutes away every weekend. My neighborhood is tree lined and quiet, yet I can get into the city for Broadway, museums when I need 'a fix':)
     
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    I've always lived here! Well, almost always. The first 8 years of my life I lived on the Oklahoma side of our town. The we moved over into Arkansas. I went to college here, did my student teaching here, and now work in the school district here. It's a nice small town, and all of my mom's side of the family is here.
     
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    I grew up a little south of Miami, FL. For personal reasons, I found myself looking for a job pretty nearly anywhere else. I found my current job, which required me to relocate to North Dakota. I'm quite happy here.
     
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    It was where I could find a job. I got hired about 12 hours from what had been "home" to me. My school is in a small town so I asked where all the teachers lived in my interview and the directed me to the neighboring county. I love the town I live in, but miss having family nearby.
     
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    I have to do what's right for me & if the weather is that bad, in which I never want to live where there are hurricanes, tornadoes, heavy storms, etc., then I'll be willing to move away from family. And again, even if the weather's sunny, it depends on other life factors, but I won't move TO a bad weather location (probably) no matter what.
     
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    I did move to my current location for weather reasons. I grew up near Chicago and I remember just living for the summer. Unfortunately summer there is only around for the three months you'd suspect if you're lucky. Add in the humidity on the nice days and I couldn't even enjoy a lot of the summer days.

    So when it came time to pick a college I applied in Arizona and Nevada. My husband (boyfriend at the time) and I packed up all our things and moved here. We've been here for 8 years now and we couldn't be happier. Summer starts earlier than the true summer months and ends much later. :cool: The only downside is being away from family but we make it work. We make trips back there as often as we can and we have family staying with us at least 3-4 times a year. It works for us.

    You have to do what will make you happy. If the weather affects your mood that much (I know it does mine to some degree) then it is something you should at least consider. Weigh the pros and cons of a move.
     
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    I live in Northern Indiana and my BF and I are seriously talking of moving due to this. It is "summer like" 2-3 months out of the year if you are lucky - and the few days it is warm it is still usually cloudy/rainy. I NEED to get some more warmth and sun.. It is making me crazy!
     
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    In the past we have gone wherever we can get a job or if the job dictates. THIS time, however, we purposely applied for overseas jobs, while already having jobs, just for the adventure. We didn't make a pay increase with this move. He's actually been applying several years but when he had an offer previously, it was during the middle of my degree. Now wasn't the best timing either but considering he has only had 2 offers in the several years he has been applying, we took it this time. I didn't intend for me to stay home when we first started seeking this out, but that's how it has worked out. So far, I'm enjoying my time here.
     
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    For the most part, I've lived in the same area since I was a baby. I went to college in another state and moved back home. Got a job at my dream school, and have been back home ever since. I got married and moved a town away, but for the most part...I've never really left home.

    My husband though is from PA, and came here via suburban DC. The story of how he got here is much more interesting.

    I like where we live, but a lot of things factor into whether I see us here long term. Mainly my husband job and how much school budgets keep getting cut across the country.
     
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    I grew up in the tri-state area and went to undergraduate school in New England. Did my student teaching here, started applying to jobs as soon as I graduated and ended up with a job here. A lot of my college friends settled (at least temporarily) in the area and my roommate is a friend from college. I'm very happy here :) My boyfriend, however, just moved back to his home state about three hours away and we are about to embark on a new kind of relationship... we shall see how it all pans out!
     
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    Thank you all for responding! Some days I want to leave home and go back east but then other days I don't want to leave all of my family. Oh well I still have time to worry :). I hope everyone has a great summer!
     
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    We Lived in So Cal (LA) and my dad got transferred to NYC we lived on Long Island. My Dad and Mom retired and moved to AZ and I visited one Christmas and moved too. I am now the only one of my immediate family left so since my son is here in AZ so am I.
     

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