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October 30, 2008



I'm a small town girl! We live in a town of 1500 and have to drive 10 minutes for the grocery store and the Target! I love it. I can take the dog for long walks and meet friends for coffee down the street.
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Kathryn Sigman

I live in the country, too. I grew up in the city and I have to admit it was quite an adjustment! When we first moved ou to the country, I wasn't working so it was great. Now, I am a full time teacher in the city and my son is in high school, so, a 45 mnute commute to drop off so and head to work. Not sure how I feel about living so far out now! Your place looks beautiful! Lots of trees!


I must confess to being a "high maintenance" person. While I love looking at the countryside and love taking vacations in cabins in the mountains, I would really miss not being able to run to Starbucks, Target, Publix, etc. within a matter of minutes. I live in a nice sized small town with all the necessary stores. I must admit, I would save a lot of money NOT being able to run to these places at the drop of a hat! As I am getting older, though, the thought of a nice house in the country does have its appeal. This has also been my husband's dream. Within the next 10-15 years (depending on the economy) he would like to retire to the country. I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying it. When I see your pictures, it does look wonderful!


Like you I'm a city girl turned country girl. Our little village is 3 miles from home and has all the basics, even a little natural food store. "Town" is about 15 minutes away and we go in every couple of weeks to "stock up".


I have the best of both worlds. Live on a farm within very easy commute of a city. Can watch fourth of July fireworks in the city and be home in 15 minutes to watch the stars.


I grew up in the country and thought I'd never be able to live anywhere that a car could drive by in the middle of the night. Our closest neighbor was about a mile away. I've lived in the city most of my adult life for convenience of work commutes. And it's OK especially having the grocery and Target close. But honestly, if I didn't have that commute and a husband who's a social butterfly, I'd move permanently to the country in a heartbeat. Nothing beats that peace and quiet.


I live in the suburbs so I have a little country and a little city. I'm sure I could manage the country just fine but I've always wanted to live in the city of Boston. I love the idea of being able to walk everywhere and find things happening at all times of day/night!


I'm a city girl. That's where the jobs are, at least the ones that our educations prepared us for. I've always lived in a city, either medium or large sized.


I've thought a lot about this over the years. I was a suburb girl, and my husband is a country boy at heart. I thought I'd live in the city, myself and have found myself on 20 acres with a 150 year old house and a garden we had to fence in to prevent it from growing every year. And I'm blissfully happy. So I am now a true country girl who doesn't mind driving 20-30 minutes to the grocery store.


I am a "Small Town" girl who is now in a bigger city. I miss the small town and would eventually like to retire to the country and some acreage...but for now this is where I have to be so I make the best of it by visiting the country often.
Your place looks gorgeous!


I'm a country girl at heart, but have always lived in the suburbs. I'm in a small town (a mile and a half square, with 22 lakes and about 2000 people). However, as I get older, I'm coming to enjoy going into the city and we're considering a move to the city in a few years, once our children are all on their own. Of course, after a few months in the city, I may be ready to move back to the suburbs!


I've experienced the full range from growing up in a small town of 2400 residents in Missouri to living for five years in the metropolis that is Houston, TX. I'm going to have to go with city, even though there are many, many benefits to living in the country. I just get too lonely and too bored. I need my frequent Starbucks fix, a good bookstore, and a LYS in which to socialize, even though I love, love, love SSYC and buy most of my sock yarns online. Currently, I live in Billings, MT, which kind of a mix of city and country. It's a little bit slow for me, but nice nonetheless.


I have lived in both. Lived in the city/suburbs my whole life up until 5 years ago when we quit the city to move to a rural area. Definitely not the suburbs here. There are no street lights in this area, no city sewer/water, etc. And I have to jump on the highway for 15-20 minutes to reach a Walmart. Wouldn't change it for the world though. I can sit out on my back deck in the summer during the day and not see a single car go by the house unless it's neighbor - there is absolutely ZERO thru traffic back here in our quiet corner. Very nice. :)


Although I currently live in the 'burbs, I am definitely a small town/country girl. I grew up in a huge city and it was okay. I liked being able to get around town as a child without having to rely on adults to drive me somewhere. Once I moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, though, I discovered that I really *like* having neighbors who get to know you and worry about you if you don't follow your normal routine. We lived about 10 miles outside of a town of 1000, 40 miles from the nearest fast food, and about 2 or 3 hours from the nearest traffic light. It was tough to get used to needing a driver in order to get to town during those months when I couldn't bike, but I just learned to plan better.

I love being able to go for a walk and have my biggest worry be if the dog is going to find a skunk or a porcupine and challenge it. I like knowing the people who pass my house and being able to recognize instantly who is a stranger and who "belongs". My perfect place to live would be in the northern part of the country (think lots of snow and not a winter kill season for the bugs), on or very near water, with a few acres with lots of trees and no sight line to the neighbors.


Hi, I've lived in both and while I love the peace and quiet of the country, I have found that living in a small town (5-10K) where I can walk to everything is the best fit for my family right now.


I think I have the worst of both worlds, as I live in suburbia. The closest block of stores is about 2 miles away (I walked it, once), but I have a small vegetable garden. When I lived in the city, I could go a week without getting in my car, but there was a nightclub across the street and I had upstairs neighbors and all that. Since I live alone, I don't know how isolated I'd like to be, or how self-sufficient I could be, but I would like a larger garden. On the other hand, I miss not being able to walk to a shop if I need a pint of cream for a pumpkin pie.


I am a country girl, married to a semi country man and we live in the burbs. We both long for land in the TX country that we can retire to and enjoy. I also long to live in Wash.state in the woods!!!! I was raised in the country with gardens and such... I do miss it.


I live in the 'burbs, but have friends in the country in Lancaster Co, PA. I would dearly love to live closer to my friends and trade my townhouse wall(hate sharing walls) for a small home where I could have a garden (something my Mom and Grandmother had) I am definitely a country woman in my heart and soul. Can't even stand the "bright lights" of the numbers on my alarm clock at night - love to look up and see all the stars at night when I am far from the Philly city lights.


I'm a country girl living in the city. I can't wait to move someday!!!


City girl, no question. I'm currently living in a small town, and it drives me nuts on occasion, especially since I don't drive (drivers' ed at 16 was a traumatic experience). I love (and miss) the convenience of anything I want to do being a short bus ride or walk from where I live. I miss a fully stocked local bookstore (and a fully stocked library), a plethora of theaters running any kind of movie one desires (my local two-plex is in week one of three of "High School Musical 3"), a bunch of restaurants covering every ethnic group (I can get Italian, Canadian or Canadian-Chinese, but love Thai, Indian and more authentic Chinese).


I grew up in the 'burbs, but now live in a city. I think I like the small city/large town model best -- grocery stores open until midnight, walkable, a quality pizza nearby (a must!), and lots of green space. D.C. isn't bad in terms of a city, though, because we have a building height restriction which prevents you from feeling dwarfed and which allows you to see the sky.


I'm a city girl by heart. I grew up in the suburbs of Wash DC. I could walk to school, walk to the library, and walk to the local drug store for a cherry coke. We were close enough to DC to enjoy the theater, the arts, and the symphony. Our school field trips were always to DC to one of the museums.

I have lived in the country where you have to drive 45 minutes to get to anything! You definitly have to plan your trips to "the city."

I think I like the "city life" best. But "Green Acres" here we come. When my husband retires, he wants a bit of land.


I grew up in neither the city or the country, but in the suburbs. There were no farms or buggies going by, but the library was a further walk than 4 minutes. A car was necessary (or the very least a bicycle). I now work in NYC and yes, everything is a few minute walk. I'll take my suburbs at night, thank you :)

Elizabeth D

Hey, Alison, I think you're going to want to finish that contest announcement by making it clear that just one person wins the prize!!

I've done country, city, and suburbs -- I loved the country (Maine), but am very glad I'm raising my kid in an urban suburb [by which I mean the old-growth type of suburb that's just barely outside the city]. We're not far from open green space, and our schools are able to offer so much more, just because more people are here to pay the taxes that pay for that stuff. Plus she has lots of kids to choose her friends from. Lots of music is available here, too. I liked life in the city, too (Philadelphia), but there again you have the school issue. . .

Marti Johnson (aka Sock Queen)

I was raised in (nearly) the country, a region now that now boasts 8 lanes of traffic & no family gardens. A tragic waste to me. Now, 60 years later, I live in the suburbs of Sacramento where I can grow a garden, have nice neighbors, and can walk to a few stores. So I'm currently sort of city/country. My dream? Like your husband, I want country living. If it ever becomes possible (or necessary), I'll sell out here, and move to maybe Tennessee where I can afford a small house in the country, keep chickens, a brush goat or two, and a lovely country garden to feed anyone I please. Me for the country living!


I'm a country girl!

I grew up in a small town (15,000 people) and always said I'd live in the country when I grew up. And I did. I now live 45 minutes from the nearest city and the little town near where I live has a couple hundred people. I love it!!

Alicia P

I was a city girl born and raised. Then we decided to move to a much more rural area. We even moved to a different state! I absolutely love where I live! Country life is not always easy but it is so rewarding. I love the benefits that my children will have from growing up in a place that rewards the qualities that matter in life. (remind me of all this in the dead of winter when I am feeding goats in the field will ya?) LOL


I grew up in a city, went to college in a small town that still wasn't country, married a country man and moved to a much bigger city. So... I like visiting my husband's small town, but I love living in the city. I love getting to know my neighbors and we are fortunate to have a postage stamp backyard with just enough dirt for some tomatoes and cucumbers. But there's a co-op nearby with lots of fresh vegetables and cheese, a brewery two blocks away, parks full of grass and trees within biking and walking, and the best part? I never have to drive ANYWHERE! The city I grew up in was not at all walking friendly and had no public transit to speak of. Now I take the bus, trolley, subway, with ease, and walk or bike just for the joy of it. I can nap, knit, eat, talk on the phone, for at least an hour each day while I get where I'm going. AND I have professional sports teams to root for! Like the world series winners!

So, I'm not going to say I wouldn't like the country. But right now, I am happy being a city girl.


I grew up in the suburbs (although mine was a neighborhood of about 6 streets a mile outside of city limits and surrounded by cornfields) and am in the city now. I am itching to move though. The 40 x 120 city lot just isn't doing it for me. I also miss the quiet of living where there aren't as many people.


If I had to pick absolutely one or the other, I'd pick country. I like being able to have some space to breathe. That said, though, I honestly would prefer a hybrid...right now I live on the fringes of a major metro area, and it's been OK. Definitely better than living right next to a really busy Interstate, like I was before I moved to my new place. However, I think I'd like to move just a bit farther out. I'd love to be able to see the stars (when they're not obscured by layers of clouds) w/out a ton of light pollution, but still be able to make a short trip in to a bookstore, coffee shop or, well. Work. Without having to drive 25 miles. :)

Gale Fields

I'd say I make a good country girl. Actually maybe saying "jungle girl" would be more accurate. Through 1983-1999, with only short interruptions, our family was happily living in the jungle/rain forest located in a SE Asia country. No electric/gas/sewer/cars/pollution/etc. Running water only when it was raining and actually running off the roof. Laundry was done by literally scrubbing it on a rock in the river. House was 4ft off the ground and the floor was made of split bamboo. Large splits in the material meant that to sweep the floor no dust pan was needed. All dirt and "gunk" would fall through the splits. Thatched roof. Freshest of air and we could see ALL the stars. We loved it and often, even with all the conveniences in our USA house, miss it still.

Tracy Hite

I grew up in the suburbs so I'd have to go city. I'd love the country quiet and wide open spaces but I've never had a driver's license so I like living across the street from a city bus stop.


I'm definitely a city girl. I beinn in a walkable neighborhood where I can access coffee shops, stores, and much much more. I like taking the train to work and I love having all the cultural activities at my fingertips...museums, zoo, theater, galleries, art shows, just to name a few.

Michele in Maine

Grew up in the suburbs, went to college in the mountains, lived in the big city for ten years, then up and moved to the country (coastal Maine). Love it. The quiet, the space, the safety, the beauty. No lattes, terrible shopping, high taxes, but after every sojourn to the city for a "fix" I can't wait to get home.

Janice Jaffe

I was born in New York city 62 years ago and my parents moved the family to a tiny (pop. 1200) town when I was 5. I remember hearing my mother crying in the bathroom because she missed all the excitement of the BIG city. Meanwhile, my sister and I were in heaven. Back then you could roam freely and safely through the town because everyone knew everone else. We later moved to a town outside of Albany, NY when we were teenagers because my parents thought we needed a little more culture. When I was in my 20's and newly married, my husband and I moved to Boston, Ma. We loved everything about that city--it was the 60's and hippies and the Hari Krishna were everywhere. When our children were born, we moved to the country, where they could run free and swing from the trees. Now that we are retired, we live on 12 acres in Virginia where we have privacy from neighbors, mooing cows from farms down the road, fresh air and gardens all around the house and barn. I could not imagine myself living in a large city now. My point is this: During our lifetime, we really are a combination of city and country- it just depends on what stage of life we are in.


I have always lived in a big city (Chicago) or close in very urban suburb (Oak Park). I remember my father's stories of growing up on farms & in the country & was always jealous that I couldn't live out where it is quiet & dark at night - where you can actually see stars. I have always loved the country (I spent an entire summer camping out - sleeping under the stars in primitive camp grounds out west)& really would like to move there now that I'm retired. My partner, however, still works in the city so that's at least 5 years away. I don't drive (the result of being a real city girl) so that might be a problem but So does & right now, when I want to go to my daughter's in a far suburb, he takes time off work. So my not driving shouldn't be a problem. Of course, now that they are moving to California, the "country" might be much farther than I thought. But then I'd miss my urban (Chicago Lakefront) daughter. Sigh!

cynthia parker

My husband being in the army (now retired) we have lived all over - this country, England(I was born there), Germany. Finally retired in Washington, D.C., lived there, surrounded by every department store imaginable for eleven years and then built a house on a creek in Southern Maryland. Now I am fifteen miles from the grocery store, bank, library etc. Took a little getting used to but a visit to the "big city" fills me with horror! I agree living in the country does cut down on the spending.

Molly Johnson

I am totally a country girl. I grew up on a farm and when I got married, moved to town. I really miss the fresh air, privacy, and animals. Live a little for me too..


Definitely a suburbs girl living in what was considered the country just 20 years ago. Close enough to go into the city for shopping and theater, but just a few minutes away from local farms and small towns.


Definitely a country girl, but houses in the country here are much more expensive than in towns. So I have a little cottage myself which is close to a decent sized town and about as country as I can afford. My partner has a house in the 'middle of nowhere' which means you can't see the neighbours. Nothing beats waking up in the morning and seeing the muntjack on his lawn, or opening the velux windows on a Sunday morning and hearing the church bells from the village 2 1/2 miles down the road.

Debra Simon

I am like you. I was raised in Chicago, close to Wrigley Field. I went to college in Indiana and met a farmer. We have been married 31 yrs, and have always lived in Noble County, IN. Talk about culture shock! The first time to the state fair, I had to ask what a big machine was. Turns out it was a combine. DH thought it was really funny!


I was raised in the city but now call the country home. The only thing I miss is friends dropping by and I long for someone to stop by and knit.

Glad you've found a new home.


I grew up in suburbia but engineered a move to the country in my 20's. I'm back in a suburbia of sorts, pretty citified now, but sometimes I really yearn for the country again, if only so I could own some sheep.

Like most things, each has their pluses and minuses. The best part of the country is having a little elbow room, the worst my commute to work. The best part of the city is having things close by, the worst is the light pollution obsuring the night sky.

Maybe after I retire....


Positivly Country, I don't like the hussle and bussle of the city, I would love a bigger place than we have but we can afford what we have so we stay. GO COUNTRY!!


I think my preference is living in a house in a small city--the best of both worlds!


For most of my life, I've lived in three small cities which are in the San Francisco Bay Area (we really don't call them suburbs; they're just Bay Area cities). As such, we could drive into San Francisco in 25 minutes or go to the local mall for anything we needed. When we bought a house in Sacramento, it was different. Our house was on an acre in the country, but the surrounding open areas were soon filled with homes. Pretty soon, the quiet we enjoyed was replaced by cars, sirens, and loud bass music booming out of cars.

We're back in the Bay Area, but it's changed drastically since I left it in 1991. It's now filled with yuppies who are only interested in what they drive, where they work, how big their houses are, and the labels on their clothes. I'm looked down on in my own hometown. I knew it would change; however, I didn't think it would change to this extent or in this direction. It used to be that the Bay Area was a place where individuality was prized. Not anymore - now conformity is the way to go. Even Berkeley, that bastion of doing what you wanted, is changing.

I never in my life thought I would leave Northern California, but we were in a small town called Idyllwild so I could record a CD. We were there twice, renting cabins both times. Both of us were enchanted. It's Berkeley all over again - an arts and crafts community where you can be who and what you want to be without censure. Nobody looked at me like I was an alien. I felt comfortable. More than that, I felt at home. The last time we were there, I was in a shop and saw a flyer for a house that was on the market. I picked it up, thinking that the house was really beautiful with incredible architecture, and showed it to Hubster. He told me to call the realtor and see what we could do. The seller was carrying the paper on it, and since our trouble with losing our Sacramento house and the ensuing horror of the next two years, we had a slim to none chance of owning another home.

After much negotiation, I'm happy to announce that we're moving into what has turned into our dream home on January 7th. It will be a huge change for me - it snows in the winter and is at 6000 feet. I'm used to being surrounded by houses and at sea level. But it's so peaceful and beautiful up there in the mountains. We're between San Diego and LA, so if we do want to go into a city or sit on the beach, it's less than two hours to either. We're surrounded by friendly squirrels and chipmunks, a bevy of other wildlife, a home that has three levels and is constructed of cedar, trees which weren't planted by man, but by nature, clean air that is a joy to breathe, absolute quiet with no sirens or booming bass, stars which blanket us at night, and the small town mentality which dictates that everybody is your neighbor and willing to help. The houses are all far apart from each other, so you have privacy. This home is on 1/2 acre, but we have the option of buying the lot next door. It's also a horse property, so I can have a horse should the mood strike me. The yard is fenced and flat, and we have incredible views of the canyon, the mountain tops, and the eagles soaring overhead. People up there name their homes - our home is named, "Eagle's Nest". It will indeed be our nest, and I can't wait to move. My car is being sold, I'm buying a Vespa to putt around town on, and I can be myself.

Here I thought we would retire to Mendocino or some other coastal town, but the prices are outrageous, even with the current housing prices. I believe that things happen for a reason, and we are meant to live in this paradise. So I guess this small city girl has now turned into a small town girl!


Gah, I just couldn't do it. I moved from Washington DC to a small dairy farm in Minnesota at a distant time in my past. I was miserable. People would randomly say hi to me on the street, and I would wonder what they wanted. People would walk up to me in the store and ask how my mother-in-law was - and I would have no idea who they were! As the new girl in a country town, it was stifling.

I would also venture to guess that those who prefer country living .... don't have to commute to a downtown to do their jobs. Without a gas station and grocery store within 5 minutes, I'm lost.

Natalie Gaull

I was born and raised in a large city, went to school in New York City and then moved to San Francisco. I used to jokingly say that before I met my husband,my idea of roughing it was a "rehearsal" of the Boston Symphony. All of that has changed. For the last 22 years we have been blessed to live northwest of Minneapolis on 5.5 acres along the Mississippi River. There are no houses on the opposite bank so we have a natural view. We bought half of the lot next door to us so noone could build too close. I love to watch the wildlife and the changing birds on the river...bald eagles, swans in winter, loons, gulls, geese, ducks,hawks and owls as well as the usual birds on land. It is very quiet where we live and at night,especially when its very cold, you can hear the river running over rocks near shore. We don't have a garden, but the lot is pretty much in natural condition with lots of trees and brush.I love to live in rythm with the natural world and see the daily changes. Now I feel as though going to "the cities" is just a big hassle.


Definitely a country girl here! I was brought up in the country and through out my teenage years, couldn't wait to make it to the big city and have a professional "career". Been there....done that. Moved to Boston and worked as a Recruiter for 6 years, while pursuing my Masters at Harvard. Although it was fun initially, taking the "T" (subway) all around the city, the chaos of city life took it's toll. When moving to VA, we really wanted to be in the country, but opted for the suburbs to make it easier for the kids to make friends and have "play dates". We regret that decision now, as every one here is too "busy" to make much time to be neighborly. Now, we can't wait for the housing crisis to let up a bit, so that we can sell this house, and buy a farm, complete with a barn, sheep, etc., etc.


I am in the city, but would love to be in the country. Your place looks absolutely gorgeous!


I'm a suburban girl. I could never live downtown - I need grass and yards and parking and houses with space. But I think I'm too impatient to live in the country - I like the convenience of shopping and Starbucks everywhere.


I grew up in a succession of places - some country (goats, horses), some city (inner city LA), some towns. I prefer the quiet country atmosphere, and I find that you actually get to know your neighbors better, but I love the grocery stores in cities. So we settled for a dead end, off a dead end that backs up to DNR lands. But work is 12 minutes away.


I live in rural heaven in the islands west of Seattle. When we have to go in to the office, we commute by boat. We have a large, drafty house on acreage with native cedars, huckleberries, rhododendrons the size of a house, and several families of raccoons that fight off coyotes and play gently with our cats. I can sit by the fireplace and knit, watching stormy weather play with the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. We garden and make weekend trips to Costco or the Commissary, stockpiling everything. (Essential food groups here are chocolate, coffee, cat food, and sock yarn) I don't think we could be more remote and still have access to everything - downtown Seattle is only a 20 minute ferry ride away.

But every mid-March, we fantasize about moving to rural Hilo, Hawaii, where the ocean is warmer and the grass is possibly greener....


We live out in the country. I grew up in in various places(city/small towns), but have come to love where we are now. It takes us 5 minutes to drive to to the local country store, but 30 minutes to go grocery shopping. I love it! I love the isolation, the peacefulness, the fact that I don't need blinds or curtains on my windows, that I can't see my neighbors, our steep hill down to the mailbox, and especially seeing deer stroll through our yard. When we visit family, I don't like how close the houses are to each other and I really don't like hearing every car drive by the house. It is hard to find things locally, but thank goodness for online shopping.


Country from start to finish. Power goes out, have to wait for the snow plow to go any where in the winter, fox, bear and deer roam though the yard but you name it strawberries, blueberries, apples, pumpkins, eggs you can get it right here from someone in town. And when you go to the grocery store you see at least 4 or 5 people you know. What's not to love?

Amanda Cathleen

I grew up in a very small town in Western Mass. My driveway was a 1/2 mile long, our closest neighbors where almost a mile away (if you didn't include my Grandmother who lived at the top of the driveway.) There was a small general store and a post office in the center of town 3 miles away from my parents home. To get to the mall was an hour, to get groceries or gas was 30 minutes away. My parents still don't have cell phone reception, no cable tv there either! The population triples in the summer, when the second home owners visit. I moved almost 400 miles away to PA. 9 years ago. You couldn't pay me to move back. I love it here. I'm not sure if you would call where we live country or town. Its certainly not a city. But I can see my neighbors house (100 feet away), the grocery store is 5 minutes away, school is 6 minutes away, and the mall just 15m. I love it here, we live just over the border of the town limits in the township. I love that my neighbors are close and not to close, the trip to town isn't a trip, and its quiet but not too quiet. But that blasted fire whistle can go.


Live in the country, play in the city. For now.


How about small town girl? Small towns don't have the crazy fast pace of cities, or nearly as many shopping options, but I can still walk down the sidewalk to work, to friends' houses, to the movies, to restaurants, to my kids' schools, and more. Love it!


I definitely grew up in the city and was even shocked to move to a smaller one when I came to Fort Wayne. Over the last few years I have really started feeling the need for space and not having to look in my neighbors windows when I look out mine. Time for me to leave "the addition" as we say here. I know you moved out a little ways Allison, but really you have a nice in between place. Lovely quiet country but "town" is just a jaunt up the road. Lots of room for expansion- Hmm- more yarn- sounds good to me!


I'm definitely a city girl! I've lived in Taipei, Toronto, Boston, Chicago....maybe someday when I settle down I'll move somewhere quieter, but for now I'm definitely a fan of the big city. =)


I've lived in Atlanta (inside the perimeter, and outside the perimeter), the suburbs, out at the Farm with Great Gran and now "in town." I loved living out at the Farm when coming into town was an absolute chore (all of ten minutes away), but I love living here in town too. I probably wouldn't like it as much if we had neighbors, but because of the size of the yard, I can still pretend we're a ways out, but we have the convenience of city water.

Sheila in Ohio

I grew up in a small suburb of 5000, sandwiched between the 'big city' and a quite large Mennonite community. My heart will always be with the land & the quiet over anything the city claims to offer.

Alexis T.

I'm a country girl! I've been able to adjust to city life for brief periods of time and even got to really enjoy it. But getting back to the mountains is like finding out I've been holding my breath for months and just got used to living without oxygen. Cities are great places to visit, but they're just not home!


I'm definitely a suburbia girl. I like the closeness of the stores, especially late at night if I have to run out for medicine. I am however, seeing how the country life could be very relaxing. I think that it would be perfect to be able to live in the "city", but also have a place in the country.


I used to study and work in the middle of a city - I loved that you could get a cup of tea before work at 7.30 in the morning, and that shops stayed open after work. But I'm glad I don't live there.

I live on the edge of a town, so all the conveniences, but where I live is very quiet, and we are surrounded by farm land and places to walk. It's not really the country but it's quiet and we love it.

Ninja Kitten

City, city, city. I cannot imagine not living in the city, in fact. My husband and I had the same 'argument' about city versus country living, and I won out by working in center city for five years and introducing him to the glory of a world of great restaurants and stores within a four block walk. While we live in the burbs now (next to the biggest mall on the East Coast, I believe), we dream of moving to center city in the future. He still imagines a world of farms and quiet and woods, but I shudder when I think of it.

Andrea W in Nova Scotia

I think we all perhaps need different things @ different times in our life. Nothing is ever we should choose what is best @ that particular time. Being happy + feeling @ home is so important. We have lived in this town of now 10,000 for 13 yrs. Luckily we have a lg lot that we've encouraged to "overgrow" so we have the illusion of country especially in the summer. A lg house/ garden + lots of plants + parking also make this home for now. In the 20 yrs previous to this we've lived in an appt in town getting started + a mobile home for 5 yrs about 3 miles outside town. The next 12 yrs were 15 miles out in a sm village. It was good w/ sm kids...but meant a lot of driving to school/sports/shopping + Dr. Both of us have some extreme country in the past but don't really want to return to that. I think my husband + I would really like to be able to retire to something about 5 miles ouside a town this size. More land..but still easy access to shopping + medical as we get older. Town is getting too built up..we want some peace/ quiet/ + fresh air!!!

Rasa C

I am a City girl. I like the buzz of the city...but I must admit the thought of living in a big city could be very daunting!


I grew up in a small(less than 600 people) town in a very, very rural area and I love being able to see the horizon in every direction. Since I have been an adult I have lived in a large city in a very urban environment and I feel very "at home". I have always thought I would move to the country after I retired but the reality of the situation is that being so far from medical care when I might actually need it is pretty scary. The small towns close to the city in my area all seem to experience a very depressed economy/crime problems or they are over-run by urban sprawl. I still fantisize about living somewhere with a view like the view from your front porch--fabulous.


I'm very much a city girl. I grew up in Chicago and lived there right until I went to college... in upstate New York. Ack, what a change. Give me reliable public transportation, huge libraries, things to do, places to see, ready access to yarn, and I'm a happy camper.

Debbie Ganske

I was a city girl. I grew up in a small city and then moved to a large city. I was single then and I loved the fact that I could find a variety of entertainment and I loved the beach. I married a man that was from a very small town and he had 5 acres. At first I missed taking a mental day off and going to Disneyland or to Knott's Berry Farm for chicken dinner. However, I absolutely love the country now. I can hear the frogs singing, see the deer and the rabbits. This is now the good life for me. And I have the quiet to knit/crochet, etc.

Ann Carpenter

Hi all,
Well, let's see. I was born in Nashville,Tenn where my dad was getting his master's degree in history. When I was three months old we moved to Elba, Alabama where he taught one year. When I was one we moved to Holly Pond Ala. where my mother was born and where I was kin to about 50% of all the 250 people in town. We lived one door down from my grandparents and across the highwas from Mama's baby sister. It was Awful!!! I couldn't turn around without running into a relative or someone who knew my family! Also, we lived next door to the village haunted house, an old two story house where the family had died and the kids couldn't decide how to divide things so they just left it to fall into ruins. By the time I was there it was a wreck with all the windows broken, the doors fallen in, the roof collapsing, the trees growing through the porch and the house, and the kudzu growing over and through everything. I was not allowed to go onto our yard on that side of the house for fear the varmints would get me. There were owls in the house and God knows what else.
At eight we moved into the countly seat, a farming community which, then, had about 10,000 people.Again I was kin to nearly everybody and couldn't get away with anything without running into someone I knew. I went from third through twelfth grade with the same people. Took piano from the same lady for 12 years, went to the same library for years, the same doctor, etc. I hated it. On graduation night I remember thinking I would NEVER have to seen ANY of these people again. And I haven't seen many of them either.
At 22 my husband and I finished college and moved to Dallas, Texas. We've been here ever since and I LOVE it. It is just wonderful to me. I still run into people I know everywhere I go and I still feel like I'm in a small town. We've lived in the same neighborhood for 38 years and it's grand. I love being close to everything from fast food to yarn stores and being able to get to the hospital in five minutes. Michael has had two heart attacks so that is a must. The fire station in two blocks away and the airport is close too. Everything is handy. I hope I never have to leave the city. It was my dream to move to the big city. Now I'm here and it is a dream come true. I feel as safe here as I did in my little hometown and this is my home forever. Dallas Rocks!!!!!
Ann Carpenter


I grew up in a small town and now live in a large city--prefer the city. I like close access to everything I need.


I'm a country girl. We lived in the city for awhile, and it really was convenient to walk just about everywhere i wanted to go, but I like country living and sounds and yes, even the smells. I have learned to combine shopping trips and use the UPS. I don't mind well water and I don't mind providing my own trash service, or taking recycling to the big huge bins myself. My kids grew up exploring and knowing which end of a carrot grows out of the ground. We aren't hippies, or naturists, or dropouts, we just like having space around our house and unobstucted views of the skies at night.


I was born in a large city, New York, and grew up in a small city, Columbia, SC. I love to visit New York and any large city, but I'm a small city girl at heart.

I enjoy visits to the country but I am always ready to return home. I live in house in a neighborhood that is hidden from the main streets and surrounded by woods. I still have to get in the car in order to go to any stores but it is only a 5 - 20 minute trip which works out perfect for me.


I was born in a large city, NY, and raised in a small city, Columbia, SC. I live in neighborhood that is tucked back into the woods which makes it perfect. We are insulated from most of the city noise and it always seems that we aren't quite part of the city even though it surrounds.

I don't live within walking distance of any stores, but everything is 5 - 20 minutes away which makes it about perfect.

I love visiting both the large cities and the country. If I had to choose one to live in it would probably be the country. I'm a serious homebody.


I was born in a large city, NY, and raised in a small city, Columbia, SC. I live in neighborhood that is tucked back into the woods which makes it perfect. We are insulated from most of the city noise and it always seems that we aren't quite part of the city even though it surrounds.

I don't live within walking distance of any stores, but everything is 5 - 20 minutes away which makes it about perfect.

I love visiting both the large cities and the country. If I had to choose one to live in it would probably be the country. I'm a serious homebody.


I have lived in the suburbs and a city of about 70,000. Now I live in a little town of about 2000 people that I really like. I like being able to see my girls walk into the school since it is right down the block. I do wish that I lived closer to a LYS or a Best Buy but it is probably better for the checkbook that I don't. I think I will stay in the small town for now. Crowds make me nervous now.

Teresa S. Quick

Hi, Allison: I've been a city girl all my life. Even when I moved to a smaller city, it was still a city. If my husband opted to move to the country today, I'd pack up right now! The trees surrounding your home are so serene and how green and lush it is outside your front porch! Love the pumpkins and squash. Sitting on the porch with a hot cup of coffee every morning - ahhhhhh!
Enjoy your idealic and blessed life!

Nicole (ikkinlala)

I'm definitely a country girl, and that's where I grew up (at least since I've been old enough to remember). I'm currently attending university in what I consider a fairly big city - population ~75000 - and not finding that the increased convenience of some things makes up for the lack of space and quiet.

However, if I can't have at least a couple of acres to myself I think I'd prefer living in a city at least this big to living in the suburbs or a small town.


I am a country girl at heart, though I live in the suburbs of the city. I would love to live out in the country, with neighbors within driving distance, not talk across the fence distance. I don't mind having to drive a little ways to get to the grocery as long as it is not an all day drive. Problem is, Hubby is definitely not a country boy. So for right now, my country living dreams stay a dream. But I am working on him


Grew up in the suburbs, and am definitely more of a city girl. I believe that roads I commute on to work should have painted lines! Though the idea of a garden is intriguing...


Twenty years ago we moved from Fort Wayne, to a little town called Maples. It is between New Haven and Hoagland. We have two streets, a bar and a church. It is country living. We have our own septic/water system. I have never regretted living out here until I am missing an ingredient for my cooking, then I might cuss just a little. You have to weigh a 15 minute ride into town and back and is it worth it? I have been snowed in and fogged in. I wouldn't trade it for anything. No fast internet for us until last year we got WI FI and it's not very reliable. Every storm or high wind seems to knock the signal off the tower. Grew up in the city and living my adult life in the country..


When I was young we lived in the country. The closest kids were a mile away. When I was 16 we moved to "the city." I want to always live in the city, but would like a little weekend place in the country.

Kathryn in Minnesota

I think I'm a College Town girl. I grew up on the outskirts of a medium-sized city, and liked being less than a block away from farmland. I live for farmers' markets, but I like my gourmet coffee too. College towns seem like the perfect compromise. I've lived in them in Ohio, Massachusetts, and Minnesota, and love the cultural boost they bring, the increase in small business, but the tranquility of the small town and rural surroundings. Gotta say, though, my favorites are the ones less than an hour away from a major metropolitan area. ; )

Nathanne Verner

I was born and raised in Los Angeles back in 1944 (I'm an old lady now!). I liked it when I was a kid, but over the years the smog got worse, and the population ended up 4 times larger than before. We moved away to the country 24 years ago, and I never looked back. I have over an acre of land, a horse, a pot belly pig,a Tennessee fainting goat, 4 dogs and 3 cats. I wouldn't give it up for the world. The schools are pretty good here, and we do a lot of shopping online to save money on gas. If I want anything special there is always a website that can provide what I want. It's about 35 miles to Palm Springs from here, so we don't go down the hill very often. Still we have culture up here, a ballet studio, a nature museum, lots of art galleries, and plenty of markets and health food stores too. My youngest daughter lives nearby so I get to see my grandson all the time. I am very fortunate that I am able to live in such a nice rural area. I found out I am really a country girl after all!


I would say country girl but I enjoy many big city things on trips. Right now I am living in a small town. The house we have has a large backyard so we can garden but the township has laws against 'livestock' so it will never completely satify.


We lived in the country when I was a little kid and then moved to the suburbs when I was in 6th grade. I HATED the suburbs. I lived in a very small town for 6 months and you could walk to everything - that made sense. I lived in Paris for a year in college and loved it - so much going on, everything so accessible, and, well, it was Paris. When I visited my Mom in suburbia you had to get in the car to do everything, and yet people lived too close to one another. All wrong.
After college I tried Boston for a while and quickly realized that if I have a good reason to live in a city, I can, but my heart and soul belong in the country. Open space, fresh air, lots of nature. The natural world is a huge part of what I love in this world, and I need to have it at hand on a large scale.


I just bought a house in a very cute small town in Western PA, but I am definitely a country girl. I grew up in my parents' old farmhouse on 6 acres, with lots of animals and neighbors that were a two or three minute walk away but couldn't actually see in your windows. The house I just bought is sandwiched right between two other houses, where the neighbors can, quite literally, look right in the windows. Curtains were a big priority after I moved in!! I love my house and the tiny, old fashioned town I live in, but I think I will always be a country girl at heart.


Well I think I like somewhere in the middle. I grew up in Miami and lived in Ft Laud. with zero lot lines and very little grass. While I like the convenience, I HATED the crowds! I also lived on the eastern end of Long Island. CROWDED in the summer, DEAD in the winter (all the city people go back) which meant a lot of stores that are open in the summer are no longer open at night in the winter. I now live just north of Orlando. I have almost an acre of land, not much but enough that the kids can run around outside. It still has it's small town feel (for now, it is growing FAST) but I'm only an hour away from Orlando and all the goodies it has to offer. So I'm in the middle, dont want to be secluded in the Ocala Nat'l Forest because I still want the convenience of a Target and a grocery store, but I can't stand having so many people, the majority of living space is apt living.
Clear as mud huh?? LOL


I've got the best of both world in my current location. I'm right outside a neighborhood so there's little traffic on my back country road. My property backs onto a town owned park (so no one will ever build behind me) and the houses on either side of me are not really against my yard at all. In 5 minutes I can be at the bank, library, grocery, drugstore, coffee shop, etc but I'm removed enough to think I'm living in the country with my septic, well, and gardens.


I guess I'd have to say I'm more of a small city girl. I grew up in a town of about 60,000, but it feels small, when I can go just about anywhere major in less than half an hour. We're not completely country, as we don't have a garden, or farm, just our two cats in the house. I guess it's more like the 'burbs in a sense, but comfortable. I like going to the big cities for the shopping and activities (zoos, museum, theater, etc.), but I don't know that I could live there; I couldn't deal with the traffic, especially! For the most part, I like where I live, though we could use a bigger yard and less snow/cold. =)


I'm a city person, completely. I grew up in the center of a large east coast metropolis; and knew everyone in my neighborhood; walked everywhere, public transit if needed. Jobs, schools and other activities close by; a wide range of ideas and opportunities right at hand. Challenging ideas and opinions from meeting so many different people from all over the world. I lived in the suburbs about 10 years ago, and am now in a small city (80,000). Nothing beats living in the big city. Energy efficient (no driving, heating/cooling reduced in row houses, no lawnmowers driving around your acre plot using gas), people to know and rely on, communities and causes to be involved with, and challenges. I would not be the successful person I am today if I had grown up in the suburbs or a small town. I saw the benefits of hard work, education and competition in a big city with opportunity for those who try; and it really helped me get goals and keep them. My children think where we live is too small, also. They like the opportunities and variety when we go to larger cities (they are 11 and 9). It also brings you perspective on issues such as crime, education and immigration - because the reality is right there.

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