Where I live…

Is where you live important? Does it matter if you live in a large city, suburban area, or in a more rural setting? Do you think that where you live contributes to how happy you and your family are?

What about safety? Does that play into where you decide to live and raise your family? What about the school system and things like that?

I live in a small town area in Michigan and by small I mean the population is about 15,000 for the city and about 70,000 for the county. Small right?

Now it’s not so small that you know everyone and they know you and all of your business. That is just small for me.

I like where I live though. The schools are great and my kids are doing incredible there, we live within a 10 minute drive to town, and there is relatively low crime in our area.

Fall at my house

My front yard in the fall

We are centrally located so it’s only 25 miles either east or west to a large city and the capital of the state and then two hours or so north and south to even larger suburban areas.

Now there are some downsides. We don’t live in town and I’d really prefer to live in town in a big old house with a nice yard. Like I said we live about 10 minutes outside of town, but we have a large yard where the kids have a lot of room to run and play. We have room for the pool, playhouse, swing set, trampoline, and a garden for me. I just wish that there was a place for the kids to ride bikes…. our road is super busy and there is no way they kids can even be near it!

There are upsides and down to living in a small town. Your job options are limited unless you want to drive 45 minutes to work every day, but if you’re lucky you’ll find a great job in town. I did and it’s a pretty good place to work and they allow me to be with my family often.

Restaurant options are limited, shopping… uggg… not the best unless you’re a huge Walmart fan, and finding something fun for the family to do together is limited to bowling.

But like I said before, it’s a pretty safe place so we can bring our bikes into town and the kids can ride all day and we don’t have to worry to much about them. They can go to the park and I don’t have to follow every move they make.

I’d love to live in a huge city like NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, or even Boston. I love large cities and all that they have to offer! The museums, libraries, bakeries, and restaurants. There is so much to see and do, so much history to soak in. You can just step outside on a warm, sunny day and go for a walk and find something new everyday. Living in a smaller area these types of things simply don’t exist.

For now I’ll settle for visiting my favorite cities and playing tourist as I wander the city. Besides if I live in a large city where would I go on vacation…. a small town?

Where do you live? Is it a rural, suburban, or large city?

20 Responses to Where I live…
  1. Jill
    February 4, 2011 | 4:07 am

    I love that… “where would I go on vacation?”. Too funny. I am jealous, I would love to have a house with a good-sized yard. As it is, I have a patch of grass in the backyard and a garden area. BUT I live in a cul-de-sac and Jonesie can ride his bike in circles all day long and we have endless options to-do within 10 minutes. Let’s trade for a year!

    • Jackie
      February 4, 2011 | 12:40 pm

      Alright!! But do you think you can handle the winter here?? I know you weren’t all that impressed with the weather in Chicago!

  2. Katie Hurley
    February 4, 2011 | 4:48 am

    I live in a small town in the big city…a little beach town of 16,000 in the enormous area that is Los Angeles. I like where I live too…very safe, good schools, nice parks, etc. But my husband and I are both from the East coast. I miss my family and wish my kids could see more of their grandparents. I think about this a lot, and I’m not really sure what the best answer is. I’m just trying to focus on being happy in my home with my little family…the rest will come.

    • Jackie
      February 4, 2011 | 12:40 pm

      It has to be hard being that far away from your families. On the bright side you’re not stuck with all this snow that we have!

  3. Jessica D Torres
    February 4, 2011 | 8:26 am

    I live in the biggest little city (Reno). It’s nice, not too many people, everything is close by. If I could live anywhere I wanted though I would move to a place in the country where I was close to a lake we could wakeboard in the summer and mountains we could see covered in snow in the winter far away from other people.

    • Jackie
      February 4, 2011 | 12:42 pm

      I’d love to live on a lake! There are a lot of lakes around here but owning a home on one of them is pretty pricey!

  4. Leigh Ann
    February 4, 2011 | 12:58 pm

    Austin is a big city with a small town feel. It’s not so big that you can’t go do something on the opposite side of town, and there is tons to do here. Came for college and never left!

    • Jackie
      February 4, 2011 | 8:24 pm

      That’s good! You have options without getting lost in a huge city!

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  6. Nick Waters
    February 4, 2011 | 8:18 pm

    I live in a small town (pop. 6,100-plus) in a county with 27,000-plus people, and our community is the largest by far.

    • Jackie
      February 4, 2011 | 8:23 pm

      Wow… that is small! Small in that everyone knows everyone?

  7. Mad Woman behind the Blob
    February 5, 2011 | 12:06 am

    We’re moving to the burbs for our kids but still a pretty big town and within 30 minutes of San Francisco. Would I rather we live in SF? ABSOLUTELY. I think kids can thrive in the city environment with its challenges and opportunities. But having grown up in a town where we didn’t lock our doors, I am grateful for the peace of mind that burb living will allow us. (though not looking for the 30 minute commute each way.)

    • Jackie
      February 5, 2011 | 12:40 am

      I would LOVE to live in the city and would probably move but….. with the ex and I sharing custody of the girls I can’t go anywhere till they’re 18. I have a good 10 year left!

  8. onegirlideas
    February 5, 2011 | 2:45 am

    Ok your gonna Laugh. You know I live about an hour from the Twin Cities….I live if BFE (BUN FUCK EGYPT) no Really! The towns I live in-between have a population of 792 and 13835! Really!!!! We live on 5 acres, in the middle of know where but are only 10 minutes from a town with Target, Walmart and 2 grocery stores. It has been called the TC of the West. Nobody understands me in our towns, they think I’m some kind of geek. The don’t get Blogging or SM or even Twitter or Facebook! Really-they are hicks. But I like them. They will do anything for you that they can. They would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it. Our Neighbors-about 30-40 acres apart would drop what they are doing to come and help you out. I like that. We also have neighborhood bonfires in the summer. Our neighborhood is considered in a 20 mile radius. I know it’s kind of funny. Haven grown up in town, where you could see in your neighbor’s house. But they all think that we are neighbors. I don’t think I could ever live in a big city. When I retire I want to move to the mountains and have one all to myself-well share it with the hubs ;-)

    • Jackie
      February 5, 2011 | 3:04 am

      792??!?! That’s not a lot of people! My husband would be jealous…. 5 acres! He’d be in heaven! Room for his pole barn, place to ride his quads, and snowmobiles!

      • onegirlideas
        February 5, 2011 | 3:55 am

        My boys love it. The hubs has a pole barn and a two car attached garage. They have plenty of room to ride the sleds, dirt bikes and 4 wheelers. The only disadvantage is that I’m an hour away from the real world where everyone has an iPhone and not a Nextel!

  9. Mommyfriend
    February 5, 2011 | 11:37 pm

    Your front yard looks like a postcard! We live in the suburbs of a large metropolitan area. I do wonder sometimes how a small town would feel, I love the idea of it.

    • Jackie
      February 6, 2011 | 2:21 am

      It’s ok… I guess. We’re close enough to the bigger cities that we can head there for the day if we want. Although, in a small town so many things are limited because of the size!

  10. Jax
    February 7, 2011 | 1:05 am

    Suburban/Large City… I technically live in the suburbs but I spent a great deal of time in the large city (NYC) nearby.

    • Jackie
      February 7, 2011 | 1:17 pm

      Which do you like better?

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