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Poll #1263078 living places

What's the primary reason you live in the area that you do?

my job (or schooling)
my (a) partner's job (or schooling)
to be with my partner(s)
to be near family
for the kid(s)
it's where my friends are
culture/values/morals (don't have to lock the doors. I like the Midwest. Etc.)
activities/services (Kayaking. Symphonies. Good internet)
monetary reasons (cheaper housing, could live with someone)
it's where I was born
something I'll tell you in the comments

When/if the primary reason goes away, are you leaving?

the primary reason will not go away

And where's your ideal place to live?


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Sep. 19th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
My primary primary reason already did go away and I'm still here.
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
I did move here for my job, but it was here as opposed to somewhere else because of cost of living, quality of life, etc. If my job goes away, I'd probably try to stay, but might find myself moving some other place in the country with similar qualities.

We thought it would be good here (based on how a friend loved the city) but didn't realize just how good it would be. It's pretty darn good.
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Ideally, B-Dawg and I would move back to the Ann Arbor area when he's done with his degree, but god only knows what the economy will be like at that point. *crosses fingers*
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Well, you'll probably be able to buy a nice house for about $50,000. So.
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Hey, true! If we could find jobs in Michigan to pay for said house, ever the better. I think by then I would be able to be admitted upon motion to the Michigan bar (rather than taking another bar exam), so that would be nice.
Sep. 19th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
I love it when a plan comes together.
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
I am a Minnesotan. So I live in Minnesota. It's a lot easier that way. When I was a Minnesotan living in California, that was very hard. Similarly, Nebraska: not so good for a Minnesotan.

Being a Minnesotan is not just activities/services, not just culture/values, climate/weather, family/friends, money/cost of living. It's all of those things and none of them and a bunch of other things besides. It is not going away as long as people like me are willing to put some back into it and make damn sure it doesn't.

This is home. I'm not going anywhere. Hence the icon joke.
Sep. 19th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
That's about the shape of why I am where I am too. I'm a Toronto girl. There's something they put in the water that gets in your blood, and you don't leave, and I am generally in giddy love with my town.

I like other cities, but any other city in the world is someone else's house to me.
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
If I had to move, I'd consider Austin, just to be near the oft-discussed but rarely seen Shelley.

If I had a lot more money, I'd move to the west coast - probably Seattle. It wouldn't be worth it unless I could live in a filthy huge condo with a view of the Sound or Elliot Bay or something.
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
We still live where we live in large part because moving to a new place might kill me. The level of anxiety involved and its duration and the lack of support structure in the new place would all combine in a very, very bad way for me.

It's something I might try given a powerful enough reason, but....
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
The thing is, my reasons aren't that simple; yes, I'm close to friends and family, but mainly, LA has opportunities that other places don't; my career is pretty important to me (it has to be) and there are more opportunities for growth, for moving up, for education, and for trying new things that other places don't. If I lose my job, or I hate it and want to change, there are tons of other opportunities here that I wouldn't have had I stayed in Santa Barbara. I also had the opportunity to get a first-class education here while I was working at one of those amazing job opportunities. It kind of all blended together...
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
We're here for the schools for my son -- he's autistic and Gwinnett County has the best autism program I've ever seen. We originally came out for jobs, but that ended up not being as good as my brother indicated (I spent 3 years trying to get hired on a provisional certificate by the school district, finally gave up). When my son finally graduates, we'll probably end up moving then because the humidity just about kills my husband. lol
Sep. 19th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Laziness. And you guys.
Sep. 19th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
I live in NYC because my fiancee's job is with the NYPD as a forensic scientist, and the only reason we'd leave NYC is if he got a job at another lab with better pay and more reasonable cost-of-living.

Frankly, if I had my choice of places to live and money weren't an object, I'd select places based on climate and community. Preferably somewhere very liberal and blue state that doesn't get very hot.

Even though I'm a Southerner, and I did love living in Florida, I really hate the heat in general. So the Southwest is right out, because I *have* to have snow at least once a winter. The more often the better.
Sep. 19th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm still here right now b/c my kid has a life and his dad local.

However, the more I consider the fact that I am not in the best, most secure circumstances financially because of the divorce, and the more insecure the economy gets here, the more I consider another city where I could make more than twice annually what I do now and have more job security. The downside would be all of the "biglaw" stuff I pretty much have now, but plus a commute and a dress code! The other downside is my inability, currently, to sell my house without taking a loss.

SF, Boston, Chicago, NYC, Cleveland. Minneapolis. I think that's it.
Sep. 19th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Anywhere that has no earthquakes, and is not blistering hot nine to eleven months of the year.
Sep. 19th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Sep. 20th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Sounds good to me!
Sep. 19th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
My ideal place to live is probably Portland, though if I could give Portland northern California weather, that would be the real ideal. (Also, if I could add some northern-European-style socialist government, but Portland does reasonably well on that front.)
Sep. 19th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
If the primary reason went away, then we might have to go somewhere else for J's job.

But it's probably good that we pick where to live based on jobs, since otherwise we'd have to fight about it. I want Boston, or failing that, someplace warm (like Houston); he likes the Midwest's standard of living and hates the Texas summers.
Sep. 20th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
On the day Anthony says he's ready to leave Cali, I'll pack my bags with a smile. And make that a giddy grin if we're returning to Ann Arbor. But, alas, it will never happen.
Sep. 20th, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
Ideally, I would loooove to live in Sweden...but that would require the fantasy of me becoming fluent in Swedish, which isn't terribly likely! So my slightly-less-unlikely ideal would be to move to Bristol or Brighton or some other UK town I like a LOT, unlike Leeds, which I'm just OK with.
Sep. 20th, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)
I'm in Cambridge for multiple reasons: job (including an incredibly short commute; waiting for the elevator is a non-trivial percentage of it), culture, amenities (like good SF specialty bookstores), and inertia (moving is a PITA).

The climate's a negative; I grew up in western Washington, where as long as you can deal with the clouds and drizzle you don't have to worry too much about horribly hot summers or multiple-blizzard winters.

Places I'd consider moving to: Portland (OR)/Seattle/Vancouver (BC) or points in between (though YVR would require me to get Canadian immigration foo done), or London/Dublin if I could get a job that'd make it financially workable. (I wouldn't need to deal with immigration issues for EU countries, but I'm too monolingual to get away with other parts of the EU.)

Much as the local politics/culture are conducive, San Francisco and New York are out; California's state politics are too dysfunctional for me (and there are too many different natural disasters to worry about) and NYC...nope, can't do it after being a Red Sox fan for 20+ years.
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