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Where You Live Determines Everything about Your Life

Updated on December 5, 2017
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Sabrina loves to write about love, life, and everything in between in a candid yet humorous approach.

Location, location, location. You've probably heard realtors saying this when trying to sell a house, but have you really considered how important location is in your everyday life? Where you live and choose to spend time literally determines what kind of life you will live and what types of people you will meet. Your location also dictates the type of job you will do and how much money you will have. When considering the impact of our location on our lives, it is obvious that choosing the right place to live is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.

Location is everything. From the time you are born until the day you die, your location will determine the type of life you will live. The hospital you are born in depends on where you live. Most people know that the best hospitals are located in bigger cities in which case places like New York come to mind. If you want the best care, you will go to find the best doctors in the best hospitals for the job. Your location in turn determines what type of care you will receive if you don't have the means to travel to get the best care available. As much as this is important when you are born, it is also important throughout your life, and especially when you are elderly and need assisted care or placement in an nursing home. Where you live will determine the type of care you receive and how healthy you will be.

Where you live determines what kind of work you can do. For example, if you want to be an actor you move to Los Angeles, California or New York. If you want to star in a play on Broadway you go to New York because that's the best location for that particular job. If you want to be a musician, you have a couple of choices as to where to locate depending on the type of music you want to create. If you want to be a pop star you go to Los Angeles, if you want to play country music you go to Nashville, Tennessee, and if you want to be a hip-hop or rap artist you might want to check out Atlanta, Georgia. Other less high profile jobs can also determine where you live. A farmer will typically want to live somewhere in the Midwest, a vineyard owner would want to be near San Francisco, California where some of the best vineyards in the country are located, and a Wall Street type would be better suited to live in a large city like Manhattan or Chicago rather than in a rural area. Therefore, your location should be compatible with the type of job you have or hope to have. You will be most successful when you are near the types of places that make having your dream job as realistic as possible.

Your location also determines the type of people you will meet in your life. Think about it, your circle of friends is probably people that you went to high school, college, or work with. What about the love of your life and the person you want to spend the rest of your life with? Who you will meet is determined by where you live. Sometimes you meet people on vacation or during your travels but mostly it's right where you live right now. If you don't like the type of people you're meeting and want to find someone else to date, you should probably change where you live and the places you frequent in order to meet different types of people. If you are a young single person who is looking to find someone to date and possibly marry, you should be living in a city that has a large selection of people to choose from. If you have these relationship goals but live in a small town of 5,000 people where everyone knows everyone, you probably need to expand your horizons to be successful in finding someone interesting.

Sometimes, you are lucky and you do meet someone and fall love in and they happen to live in a location different from yours. This can be a deal-breaker or a complication with a solution. A long distance relationship could be something to look into or maybe one of the two people in the relationship decide to change their location and move to their partners.' Regardless, the location of you or your partner shouldn't determine where you can be together or not. If two people really want to be together they will find a way or if not they will find an excuse.

I always wondered where people went on vacation if they already lived in a vacation-type of area. For example, if you live in Miami, Florida, where do you go on spring break? I guess you could check out Panama Beach, FL but that's just another beach to you. The same goes if you live in Malibu, California in a beach house and the beach is basically your backyard. Does that feel like you're on vacation everyday just because you live on the beach or does it get old and you don't really notice it after awhile? It makes sense that the type of vacations you will go on are also determined by where you are located. As someone living in the Midwest, I like to go a place that has a beach for spring break but your plans might be different if you live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, or Manhattan Beach, California. You might want to check out somewhere different up north like Manhattan, New York or Seattle, Washington.

Money is a big thing to consider when choosing the right place to live for you. As expected, it costs a lot more to live in big cities than it does in the suburbs or rural areas. You also have to deal with living in a smaller space and paying more for it in a big city unless you are fabulously wealthy and can choose to live in a penthouse of a highrise building. For example, the medium price of renting a studio apartment in a good neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois is about $1,500 a month. That is a lot considering the studio apartment you are renting is probably only 400 or 500 square feet. For a one bedroom apartment in Chicago, the price rises to $2,000 or more for a 700 or 800 square foot apartment. That is not a lot of room for a fairly big price tag. Chicago suburbs are usually a little cheaper than living in the city itself, but not by much. In small towns in Illinois, you can get a great two story townhouse apartment in a good location for about $800. That is twice or three times the room and more than half the price. Many people prefer to live in the suburbs so they can have their own houses and backyards for much cheaper then it is to rent in the big city. It is also wise to consider that salaries in big cities tend to be more than salaries in small towns for the exact same jobs. Basically, being a lawyer in Chicago will pay you a lot more than being a lawyer in a small town in Illinois. You have to consider what type of job you will have and what it will pay you to determine the type of place where you can afford to live comfortably.

Safety is a big thing to consider when deciding where to live. It is wide known that big cities are not usually very safe. Crime is at an all-time high especially during the warm weather months. This is evident in places like Los Angeles or Dallas, Texas where it is warm all year round and the crime rate never drops. Being able to go outside makes committing crimes that much easier I suppose. Basically, it is much safer to live in a small town then it is in most big cities. That's just how it goes no matter how you look at it. The town where I live in, which is fairly small, (under 50,000) has virtually no crime. Sure, there is a robbery every now and then and maybe a shooting a couple of times a year but it is safe for the most part. You could basically go outside at midnight and not be shot. This is not true for big cities at all where crimes happen in broad daylight in addition to nighttime. Another thing to consider is that big cities mean diseases and rats. Let me explain. Anytime a disease spreads it usually starts in the big cities because they have international airports with people coming in from all over the world. It is much easier to catch a disease if you are surrounded by millions of different people and have to use public transportation. There is also the issue of rats and poor sanitation in big cities. I've personally seen this happen behind restaurants and sometimes just in the streets in big cities and it is scary and disturbing. With such a hectic lifestyle, it would be hard to keep up with everything when living in a big city.

Malibu, California

Weather is a big factor when deciding where to live or wanting to relocate. Most people want to be around where it is warm and sunny year round, preferably close to the beach. While I wouldn't mind the beach part, I actually enjoy the cooler times of the year like Fall and early winter. I'm not saying I enjoy below 20 degree weather or anything, but I do appreciate when the temperature is between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. I basically like the weather to be where I don't need to turn on the air conditioner or the heat and be just fine. I don't like to depend on outside influences to determine if I can breathe or freeze. Living in northern Illinois, I've come to expect erratic weather conditions. Two years in a row we've had the "polar vortex" winter conditions. Summers are really hot and humid. The only time to truly enjoy nature here is spring and fall. Even then the spring turns to a hot and humid summer pretty quickly and the fall dramatically displays winter temperatures virtually overnight. In the past, we have even gotten snow in October! For now, I choose to live here because that is where I have my family and friends and I haven't yet the discovered the place where it is Fall year round. If anyone knows of such a place please let me know because it sounds like a wonderful place to live.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

If you like excitement and living in a fast paced world, then living in a big city is the place for you. Some people thrive in that type of environment better than in a slow moving country existence. Others prefer a slower type of living where they can relax enough to smell the roses and enjoy life. Neither is better than the other, it all depends on what type of person you are and the type of personality you have. The thing to consider here is that you will be at your best when your environment is suited to your personal needs. You will never be successful in a place you hate where the people around you don't have your best interests at heart. Your environment should reflect everything you enjoy about life. If you like museums, restaurants, clubs, bars, music festivals, and lots of fun stuff to do then you should consider living in a city like Chicago where those wants can be more than fulfilled. If you prefer having your own farm to live on, taking care of animals and maybe having your own vegetable garden then a life in the country is in the cards for you. As for me, I've always imagined living and growing old in the South, maybe someplace like South Carolina or North Carolina with a good old fashioned Southern gentleman. Maybe I've read one too many Nicholas Sparks novels but that sounds like a pretty good place to me.

Whichever place you choose to live just make sure it is the right place for you. Much like finding the right partner and feeling like they are your fate, living in the right city will feel like you are exactly where you belong. For many people, home is where they belong and where their loved ones are and that's totally cool if it works for them, but you shouldn't stay in a place you hate for other people. You should live in a place where it feels right and you feel your best and are safe and happy. Sometimes people don't care where they live as long as that place is where their true love is and that's what makes them happy. Remember that where you live determines how so much of your life unfolds so make sure it is the right place for you in every way and if that happens to be on a beach near the ocean, well there's nothing wrong with that.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Well, I now live in a small town but I came from a big city that actually never sleeps. I used to love it there but got tired of the noise, the crowd and the pollution. I love it here in the small town for the peace of mind that I get, away from the hustle and bustle...or maybe it's the age where you come to a certain point in your life that good time simply means staying home in your socks and jammies while sipping a nice cup of tea.

      Love your choice of music clip. ~

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      GreenEyes1607 2 years ago from USA

      lions44- Thanks for your comments. I have only lived in Illinois but in two different cities and it's like a different world in each one. Everything about my life would be different if I had lived somewhere else. It really makes a person think.

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      GreenEyes1607 2 years ago from USA

      lyoness913- Thanks for your feedback! I think every place we live impacts us in some way, whether we realize it or not.

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      CJ Kelly 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      This hub is spot on. I grew up in NYC and now live in the Seattle area. My life would be completely different had I stayed in the NYC area. Everything from work, to hobbies to family would be significantly changed. Your viewpoint changes when you get to live in different places. Voted up and shared.

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      Summer LeBlanc 2 years ago from H-Town

      Great hub- so true! I have lived in two provinces in Canada and 4 states, and each of them made a profound impact on how I lived my life. You got me thinking! Voted up and interesting.

      -Wendi