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Interesting.

I grew up on the rural side of a large town and still live there.

The drop in pollution levels as a result of less traffic means i feel healthier than i have been for years.

So i can see living more rurally may be beneficial.

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idk but I am definitely glad to have grown up where I did, rural SW Washington State. The photo below is the town where I was born, LONG ago now...I already posted this for Marianne but that was a few years back.

The population was maybe 1700 or 1800 back then, but I think it has lost a hundred count or so since 1944. The river is the Willapa. I wanted to go visit the cemetery where my pioneer family is buried, but kept waiting for the county health dept. to give the okay for an out-of-town visitor, and now I have probably missed the good weather until next summer!

It's just a few miles to the ocean, so all the creeks are tidal, the water moves very slowly even at low tide and we call the the creeks sloughs. 

However I have loved Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Des Moines...those are the only cities in the USA where I have spent any significant time and I loved all of them...not to mention Victoria and Vancouver, B.C., those are exquisite also, I feel certain you could have a wonderful childhood there!

south bend wa | South Bend, WA : South Bend and the Willapa River |  Beautiful places to visit, South bend, Beautiful places

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Looks lovely.i would enjoy being on that creek.

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The Willapa (this river) and the Chehalis (Its next northern neighbor) -- two rivers I have loved more than anything. Also now the Nooksack, because it flows out of a glacier on Mt. Baker in NW Washington State, and I lived near that river (1998-2010) for twelve years!

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South Bend?

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Tink -- did you actually remember that old conversation? Yes indeed South Bend, Washington.

+3 votes
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I was raised and grew up in the suburbs and never much cared for going downtown.

Now I live right at the edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains and love it here. Rarely go down to Folsom when I really need something.

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But please stay out of Sacramento, Rooster!  Lotsa kooks there (especially politicians).  :D

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Never go near it.

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