When asked where’s your hometown, how do you respond: the one you were born in, or the one you grew up in?
Seeing as the median duration in a residence is only 5.2 years* most of us have moved multiple times since birth. So people aren’t tied to one location in today’s mobile society and many are missing that connection to a town.
I would always respond that I was born in Lowell, MA but moved a couple times before Nashua…which is where I grew up. I have a connection to both, but my hometown is Nashua.
So I ask the question in my next post: What is home?
It’s just something I’ve been thinking about, the loss of the hometown.
*https://www.census.gov/sipp/p70s/p70-66.pdf page 4 “Seasonality of Mobility and Duration of Residence” Household Economic Studies By Kristin A. Hansen
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