Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-09-2019, 10:29 PM
Baron Greenback's Avatar
Baron Greenback is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Scotland
Posts: 11,787
About fifty miles from where I was born, and about 4 miles from where I was as a teenager doing the actual growing up stuff. As a youngster we moved around a lot, and I lived in a few different places in my twenties, but when I got the chance to go back to more-or-less home it seemed the right thing to do.
Old 08-10-2019, 12:51 AM
TreacherousCretin's Avatar
TreacherousCretin is offline
Horrified Onlooker
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Posts: 5,571
Born in Mercy Hospital, San Diego.
- First 14 years I lived about 10 miles away from MH.
- next 5 years, 15 miles
- next 4 years, 5 miles
- next 27 years, 1/2 mile from MH
- next 4 years, 10 miles
- last 14 years to present day, 1300 miles.
Old 08-10-2019, 06:08 AM
ftg's Avatar
ftg is offline
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Not the PNW :-(
Posts: 19,853
Another 2000+ mile person.

Seems like a bimodal distribution is common here. Quite far or quite close. IOW: "Go big or go home."
Old 08-10-2019, 08:06 AM
Urbanredneck is offline
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 7,545
Originally Posted by ftg View Post
Another 2000+ mile person.

Seems like a bimodal distribution is common here. Quite far or quite close. IOW: "Go big or go home."
Right, about half stay around where they are from and half move away.
Old 08-10-2019, 08:12 AM
Bijou Drains is offline
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 9,411
I was going to ask this question myself. For me it's about 15 miles.
Old 08-10-2019, 10:14 AM
DorkVader's Avatar
DorkVader is offline
Join Date: May 2011
Location: boise idaho
Posts: 2,538
Roughly 12 miles by car. I did leave for a while though, moved to the opposite corner of the country then about halfway back before coming back home. I suppose I would leave again if the conditions were right. I'd probably end up moving back though, even if it was just to finish my days on this world.
L. Californicus Deserticola Sithae

Last edited by DorkVader; 08-10-2019 at 10:16 AM.
Old 08-10-2019, 10:45 AM
HeyHomie's Avatar
HeyHomie is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Viburnum, MO
Posts: 9,943
213 miles (343km) door-to-door, according to Google Maps. That's on roads, not as the crow flies.
Old 08-10-2019, 01:33 PM
Palo Verde is offline
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 3,552
About a thousand miles from where I grew up. And of my four siblings, I'm the one that lives the closest to where we all grew up!
Old 08-10-2019, 01:42 PM
I. Dunno is offline
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 318
5 miles. But I'm 100 feet from the house my dad grew up in.
Old 08-10-2019, 07:43 PM
River Hippie is offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: N.E. Indiana, USA
Posts: 5,385
I’m living in the house I grew up in. Bought it from the estate when my mom died. Hardest part is seeing what used to be fairly rural area transformed by development. They built an enormous hospital nearby about a decade ago and as it’s grown it’s brought an influx of “medical money”. Farmlands and woods are being replaced with 500K and up residences.

BTW, 500K is still a lot here! There are some places near me that I would guess are 1M+

Last edited by River Hippie; 08-10-2019 at 07:46 PM.
Old 08-10-2019, 08:26 PM
MacCat's Avatar
MacCat is offline
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,549
.7 miles to the house we grew up in, and my brother still lives, bought by our parents 69 years ago. Son still with us, daughter & grandkids another .5 miles further than bro's.
Old 08-10-2019, 09:48 PM
WildaBeast's Avatar
WildaBeast is offline
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Folsom, CA
Posts: 526
2,671 miles, based on Google Maps driving directions from my current house to the house I grew up in. I grew up in North Carolina and moved to California after college for my first real job. None of my family actually lives in that area anymore anyway. My parents moved back to their home state after they retired (the only moved to NC in the first place for my dad's job). My sister also moved to a different state for grad school and stayed there.
Old 08-10-2019, 11:33 PM
dalej42 is online now
Charter Member
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Chicago
Posts: 14,294
I bounced around a lot too, but Iíll claim Columbus, Ohio as home. That makes it 365 miles. And, since all the Chicagoans are saying where they live, Iím at Halsted/Waveland.
Twitter:@Stardales IG:@Dalej42
Old 08-11-2019, 05:14 PM
Siam Sam is offline
Elephant Whisperer
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posts: 40,944
Originally Posted by Siam Sam View Post
3493 miles.

That's just now that I'm in Hawaii. Almost 25 years in Thailand, and that was 8698 miles, give or take.
Oh, and the wife, born and raised in Bangkok, now lives 6596 miles away.
The two most interesting things in the world: Other people's sex lives and your own money.
Old 08-11-2019, 05:49 PM
Gatopescado is offline
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: on your last raw nerve
Posts: 22,154
48 miles, roughly. I still stay at that house pretty often. And I let the dogs inside. Don't even care.
Old 08-11-2019, 06:13 PM
Sam Stone is offline
Join Date: Jun 1999
Posts: 28,116
About 500km I grew up in a small city with no opportunities for someone interesting in science and engineering, so I left as soon as I could afford it to go to university. I'm still in that city.
Old 08-11-2019, 06:15 PM
Dorabella is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 57
From my house where I live now to the place I grew up in, around 1,199 kilometres (745 miles).
Old 08-11-2019, 11:29 PM
Beckdawrek's Avatar
Beckdawrek is online now
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: So.Ark ?
Posts: 16,197
Military brat here. I'm relatively close to where I went to highschool. The school is no more, though.
My parents both grew up in Arkansas. So there are extended family around. All my sibs have scattered to the 4 winds.
Old 08-11-2019, 11:49 PM
squeegee's Avatar
squeegee is offline
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Aptos CA
Posts: 8,779
2192 miles, Arlington Heights, IL to Aptos, CA

You couldn't pay me to move back.
Old 08-12-2019, 01:24 PM
Doctor Jackson's Avatar
Doctor Jackson is offline
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Jawja
Posts: 10,459
According to Google Maps, 14.3 miles. I have always lived within 15 miles of the house I grew up in, except for one year living on campus in college. In general, my family just doesn't move far away. I can go to a church cemetery 8 miles away and count back at least 5 generations of my dad's family and a to a municipal cemetery 14 miles away and find an equal number of my mom's family. Yes sir, this nut tree has deep roots.
Old 08-12-2019, 05:39 PM
Balthisar is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Southeast Michigan, USA
Posts: 11,187
I was born in California, but grew up in Michigan's Thumb (sic for that big "T"). So 94 miles as the Ford drives. At 14 my mother's second marriage resulted in a move to an urban suburb, and since then I've lived in Germany, Canada, Mexico (three times!), and China, so I'm not unsophisticated; I like it here.
If you want to discuss cannibalizing black people, probably the best place for that is the BBQ Pit.
-- Colibri
Old 08-12-2019, 11:27 PM
Sigmagirl is offline
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Western Reserve
Posts: 8,408
About three miles.
Old 08-13-2019, 06:51 AM
Jonathan Chance is offline
Domo Arigato Mister Moderato
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: On the run with Kilroy
Posts: 22,785
From where I grew up?

2484 miles. Redondo Beach, CA to Moncks Corner, SC

From where I was born?

899 miles.

Chicago to MC.
Old 08-13-2019, 12:06 PM
aruvqan is offline
Embracing the Suck
Charter Member
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Eastern Connecticut
Posts: 16,779
Originally Posted by panache45 View Post
Zero miles. I live in the same house I lived in from the ages of 13-18.

Not that I lived here all that time. I've lived in several places... Columbus, St. Louis, NYC, Long Island, then back to NYC. My husband and I moved back here to help take care of my parents. Now that they're gone, we're here to stay.
Sort of the same, Left home young, attended college and got a degree, moved from Rochester NY to Virginia Beach Va with a guy that turned out abusive, so I left him. Met and married a guy, we moved to Groton CT and while we still own property there, it is being cleared out so we can sell it in December because mrAru is quitting his job in CT, moving to Caledonia NY into my house, then we are flipping it and moving to western NV.

See, my brother got divorced about 20 years ago and moved back in with my parents. My Dad passed, then 3 years ago my brother passed, and I moved back in so I could be around to do paperwork and such for my mom who was then in a managed care facility. She passed 2 years ago ... leaving me the last person standing, so I get everything.

Though my Brother moved into what had been my room [his had been turned into a sewing room] so when mrAru and I started coming to visit more, the sewing room got a double bed and the dresser and closet cleared out so we could keep some stuff here, so technically I am currently sitting in what was my brother's room, my brother's room is currently where we have a friend living to take care of the place when I am not around and mom's room is full of odds and ends. We are planning on clearing out and renovating Mom's room with the furniture we are staging the place to sell, then we are renovating all the other rooms and furnishing with the stuff we plan on using to stage with. All the stuff moving to nevada with us is getting packed up and stashed in a storage locker, everything not coming with us is getting auctioned off =)
"Rammstein might not be the most sophisticated band there is, but who doesn't like the smell of napalm in the evening air"
Old 08-14-2019, 01:46 PM
control-z is offline
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12,875
I live 25 miles or less from all 4 houses I've lived in.
Old 08-16-2019, 07:17 AM
Taesahnim is offline
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 44
According to Google Maps, I now live 9.9 miles from the house I grew up in. The farthest I have lived from it, again according to Google, is approximately 10,254 miles.
Old 08-16-2019, 09:30 AM
Philster is offline
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Location: Location:
Posts: 10,640
Geographically, about 2.5 miles. By road and bridge, about 15 minutes.
Old 08-16-2019, 03:14 PM
Clawdio is offline
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 857
900 miles on the nose according to google maps.


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:47 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to:

Send comments about this website to:

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Copyright © 2018 STM Reader, LLC.

Copyright © 2017