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Moving Around, America Style

I’ve recently had some friends in Canada and the UK look at me incredulously when I mention the multiple cities I have lived in. And while I certainly have American friends who live in the same place they were born and raised, we are — in fact — a nation of nomads. Not in the aimlessly drifting sense, but more to the fact that we have so many choices, from job markets to city scene, that it is very common to move around. In fact, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average person in the United States moves residences more than 11 times in his or her lifetime (though this statistic largely pertains to home moves, not necessarily cities). Between college and jobs, I have lived in Vancouver, New York City, Los Angeles, and have enjoyed short term stays for projects in San Francisco, Denver, Toronto, Shanghai and London, so I guess I am well on my way.

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