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How Many Places Have You Lived?

October 13, 2020

How many places have you lived? It’s an easy question but for most of us, we have to stop and think a bit to get our head all away around the answer.

A hundred years ago, the answer was probably one. People didn’t move much at all and were often born, married and buried in the same town. Fifty years ago, the answer might have been two or three. Post war America offered employment and housing opportunities that often required relocation. Today? Most people have moved frequently for family, work or pleasure.

Me? My list is long: Salt Lake City, Utah / Des Moines, Iowa / North Hollywood, California / San Fernando, California / El Portal, California / Oceanside, California / Santa Barbara, California / Sylmar, California / Redondo Beach, California / Woodland Hills, California / Granada Hills, California / Oak Park, California, Gold Beach, Oregon / Eugene, Oregon / Tret, Italy / Etowah, North Carolina – That’s 16 locations and a lot of miles in between!

While I may be a bit of an exception, most people my age have probably seen somewhere between 3 and 5 different living locations in their entire lives. One friend of mine has actually lived in 52 locations. Another has only lived in two. How many places have you lived?

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  1. Norfolk, VA; Charleston, SC; Norfolk, VA; Castine, ME; Lakewood, CA; Del Ray Oaks, CA; MIddletown, RI; Norfok, VA; Springfield, VA; Middletown, RI; Radford, VA; Wytheville, VA; San Diego, CA; Bonita, CA; Athens, GA; Virginia Beach,VA; Monterey, CA; Alexandria, VA; Taszar, Hungary; San Diego, CA (University City and Pacific Beach); Charlottesville, VA.–21 or 22 depending upon if you count San Diego once or twice because we lived in two different neighborhoods.

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  2. Thanks to my dad’s military career and my own peripatetic nature, I have lived many places. However, I come by that naturally. Unlike the norm, my ancestors were all in the move. Only one of my great-grandfathers was born and died in the same county.

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  3. Brooklyn, Staten Island, Lincroft N.J., Staten Island again, CharLotte, N.C, Warwick, R.I., Lutherville Maryland, Middletown NJ, Shady Hills Fl.


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  4. Trezzano sul Naviglio , Milano , Saronno , Vigevano e Gambolò

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  5. I’ve lived in 11 cities/towns: Freising, Germany; Baltimore, MD; Brookline, MA; Needham, MA; Weston, MA; Pittsburgh, PA; West Hartford, CT; Princeton, NJ; Rocky Hill, CT; Gastonia, NC; and Salem, MA.

    This is in keeping with my family history, and so, my blog is called Generations of Nomads. More than half of my ancestors from parents back four generations ended their lives more than 500 miles from the place they were born. Lots of moving!

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    • BTW – I love Freising. We are frequent guests there and know the down very well.


      • What fun that you know Freising! My parents spent a year living there, returning to the US when I was just a few weeks old, so I don’t know the area. We visited when I was 9 and I have warm memories of the former neighbor, Frau Ulmer, who mothered my mum through her pregnancy and early weeks with me.

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