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Is It Important to Live Near Your Family?

I absolutely love living on the West Coast, not only because of the great weather and wonderful people, but because all of my family and childhood friends live here, too. I've definitely toyed with the idea of moving to New York City or Los Angeles, just to try it out and experience a new place, but I could never replant my roots. I'd miss having my family close by and when I eventually get married and have kids, I want my parents to be able to see their grandchildren as often as possible (and help out with babysitting, of course).

So what about you? Do you think it's important to live close to your family, or do you need a little distance to make the heart grow fonder?


kfish kfish 9 years
I like living on an island. This way it takes long enough to visit that you aren't going to have unwanted relatives dropping in on long weekends, but you can visit with a reasonably short travelling time. Despite the fact that I'm obnoxiously close with my younger sister (and in fact am considering letting her move in with me once she graduates high school), I don't think I'd want to live closer to my family. I mean, my mom already interrupts certain activities through badly-timed phone calls - I wouldn't want her walking in!
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I wouldn't mind living closer. However, I absolutely hate where my parents live so unless they move I won't be living near them.
Linny Linny 9 years
my dad was in the navy so my family moved a lot and it made us really close. my parents live in maryland now and my sister and i live in michigan for college. we live about 12 hrs away from our parents and my sister and i live about 2 hours away from each other. i am moving back to maryland next week and my sister is coming back next year. my mom is really excited and i'm excited too. i'll miss my sister, but we talk everyday but we won't get to see each other as much.
AmazonChick AmazonChick 9 years
Here's the thing with my family - we all live far away from each other, but we're all close! I mean, my sister and I talk/email all the time, my mom downloaded messenger onto her work computer so I talk to her on that at least every other day. We moved a lot growing up and so when my folks moved after I finished high school, I had no draw to be near where they lived because I knew that regardless the miles, we'd still be close. I'm definitely closer with my dad since I moved away. My sister lives on one coast, I"m on the other, my folks in the middle (of nowhere!!) and my brother is only like 6 hour drive away from me. It means we never take the time we have together for granted. We see each other at least twice a year - and we all have great long distance plans ;)
alltherage alltherage 9 years
I dont think i could my family is tight and all on the east coast. i almsot went against that and moved out west. thank goodness that didnt work out cuz i realized how importnat staying near is to me.
purpleorchid027 purpleorchid027 9 years
I live 4 hours away from my parents and 2 from my little bro. I used to live 1000 miles away from both. I like being able to see my fam more often. We talk every day.
vmruby vmruby 9 years
I have always lived near my family but it was never something that had to be that way. Now since my dad passed i would prefer to stay close to my mom and my siblings.
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
Depends...what day is it?
MamaD MamaD 9 years
When the time was coming for my husband to retire from the police department we started to talk about where we should go. At first he wanted to go to the Carolinas to be near a lake to go fishing. I love the beach so I thought that might be ok, but all I could think about was our adult children and the remaining, aging parents we had. We chose to stay closer to our family because we figured an hour and a half ride was better than the expense of a plane trip!!! And the availability of flights. Plus, I DON'T FLY!!!!!! I'm panicky! So we live close enough for visits but far enough away to feel a big difference in our lifestyle. We live in PA and it's just enough of a change to make a big difference day to day!AND, my husband has his lake to go fishing!
FB1977 FB1977 9 years
I grew up in the Chicago area, and lived here my whole life until a couple years ago when I moved away. I moved to Hawaii where my BF was stationed at the time (he's in the Army). While I loved every minute of my time there, I did miss friends and family, esp my family. My parents are older, and I realized I do not want to be too far away in case anything were to happen. Plus, when I do start to have a family in the next few years, I def want them to be able to have a CLOSE relationship with their g-parents, and not just a 2x a year deal. No thanks!
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
Also, BF. If I never moved away from my parent's city, I would have never met the man I love.
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
Why not move to wherever you want now and move back when you start a family? I don't know where you are in your life, but kids could be 1-10 or 15 years away, therefore, not a reason to postpone following a current desire. I live cross country from my immediate family and it is no big deal. On a plane, I'm $200 (advance ticket) and 6 hours away from them. Actually, closer in travel time then when I lived in Irvine (they're in upper Norcal). I love that I have made a family of sorts in NY in addition to my much loved biologicals, couldn't imagine life without the great people I've met by moving.
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
yes. its a huge deal to me. in fact, i moved back to live closer to my parents, i lived across the country for 8 yrs because of my husband's job. it really sucked being so far away from them. i am so happy to be back in boston!
girlgreen girlgreen 9 years
I live in NYC and the rest of my family lives in Arkansas, and I miss them soo much! I do not want to move back there, but I would like to be at least within 5 or 6 hours driving distance! So yes, for me, it's very important - in fact, I think about it all the time. My boyfriend is from NYC and his parents live here, and I'm so jealous when he goes to see them. We are both close to our families, so if we got married, I think it would be hard to decide where to live.
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
I would never live near my parents! They're great, but they're so overbearing! They live in the Southwest, and the ALL of my siblings and I live on the East coast. It's not an accident. BUT. My older sister I see almost every weekend and I would be sad if she moved away - but it wouldn't prompt me to move. Or tell her not to. It's her life.
Katerkins Katerkins 9 years
I live in Boston, but I grew up in Denver and my extended family lives in California. I love being so far away, I get to be completely independent and really live my own life. I miss my best friends from Denver, but they also came to the east coast for school so we visit occasionally. I'm not extremely close to my family, but I have a lot of very close friends still in Denver who mean the world to me. It just takes effort to keep in touch and be a part of each other's lives. I think it's the best of both worlds--I get to grow as a person, be independent, and still remain close to my old friends and my family. Plus, I've met so many great people in Boston, and if I'd stayed at home I would have never met them.
sparkleluvr sparkleluvr 9 years
I guess it would probably depend on the type of relationship you had with your family. For some it is really important, and for others they'd probably want some more space. So I think it depends on the relationships you have with your family, whether they are good or not, and your own personal preference, since everyone has different tastes.
stefsprl stefsprl 9 years
When I was 23 I moved from my little hometown in Indiana to Virginia, and it was the best thing I ever did. I'm a fairly quiet, laidback person, and moving forced me to figure out who I was independent of everyone back home. I live in South Carolina now, about an 11 hour drive from home, and I still love it. I miss my sister (who goes to college in Michigan) more than anyone, but with phone and e-mail we make it work. I have no desire to move back home.
emalove emalove 9 years
Yes!!!!!! I would never ever leave my parents or sister...we are very close and I couldn't deal with it. I'd cry all the time. I know it! I also couldn't leave my four best friends, the girls I've grown up with...none of us have moved far away from each other and I doubt any of us ever will (by choice anyway). They're almost as much my family as my parents and sister. If I wasn't so close to my family and friends, I would have headed for Florida a longgggg time ago.
ClassicsDiva ClassicsDiva 9 years
I am currently living about 800 miles away from my family, and I hate it. I'm not close to my family the way most people conceptualize closeness, but they fill an important and unique role in my life, and right now that place is empty (phone is too expensive, and while e-mails do convey information, they're pretty much dead and lifeless to me). I would love to be closer, but Philadelphia is the only place my fiance got into grad school, and he's got five years left, so moving out here was really the only viable option. After he graduates, he's promised to look for jobs within an eight-hour driving radius of Chicago, but there's no guarantee he'll find one. Places with positions for professors of classical studies at good colleges (him) and Latin teachers at decent high schools (me) don't grow on trees. Here's hoping.
facecandyblog facecandyblog 9 years
I would love to live a million more interesting places than Baltimore, Maryland but I know that I would never forgive myself if I wasn't in the area if something happened to my parents. Both have cancer but my dad is the one that's really sick. Then again, I'm also an only child so perhaps it matters to me more.
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 9 years
I used to think so but two things have changed my mind: 1) I live in NH and it's so expensive here its hard to make ends meat. 2) I remembered my family is actually crazy.
chicaparati17 chicaparati17 9 years
I live 2 hours away from my family. Hubby is in the Army but so far we havent moved away from my family. His family is in Puerto Rico but although I would love the adventure I defintely would miss seeing my family whenever I wanted too. I love my parents/sister and they mean the world to me. When we have kids I cant imagine putting them in the car to see their relatives! I guess I am old-fashioned!
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
I couldn't move away from my parents. I'm just too much of a mamma's & daddy's girl. Also, I want them to be able to experience any grandchildren & vice-versa.
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