I grew up in Whittier in the Los Angeles suburbs. I didn't leave until I went away to college in Arcata, CA. I chose the CSU that was the furthest north and the most remote because I had visited the area and fell in love with it. I felt that I could stay there forever, but when I graduated I took a job in Alaska in a town that was even smaller than Arcata although was a good-sized town by Alaska standards (pop roughly 7,500). It was the first time I encountered snow and ice on a daily basis, and I felt like I lived on an island. I stayed in Alaska for about a year and a half before returning back to Whittier and eventually moving to Barstow in the Mojave desert, pop 24,000. I made my way back to Northern California, Eureka, which is the next town over from Arcata, and am finally where I am at now in Crescent City, CA, which is even smaller and more remote than Arcata. I honestly feel like I could live anywhere because, well, I have lived anywhere.
Urban vs Rural: What's in Your Blood?
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