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In what kind of environment do you live?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ChronoCube, Jun 29, 2009.

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What type of setting do you live in?

Poll closed Oct 7, 2009.
  1. Urban

    81 vote(s)
    17.3%
  2. Suburban

    225 vote(s)
    48.1%
  3. Rural

    169 vote(s)
    36.1%
  4. Other

    15 vote(s)
    3.2%
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  1. ChronoCube

    ChronoCube Member

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    In a lot of self-defense discussions here, it seems like people talk about the weapon being used but often don't immediately mention their setting -- urban, suburban, or rural. That affects your self-defense scenario quite a bit. I'm curious as to where people on this forum live.
     
  2. Birdmang

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    I live in a nice suburb of a very large urban area.
     
  3. kyo

    kyo Member

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    I am in a giant cluster ____ of cities near the Atlanta area.
     
  4. TheFallGuy

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    I live 10 miles from anywhere. Literally, the nearest town is 10 miles away. I live in south east Minnesota. It is a small hobby farm with 1 dog (border collie), a horse (a shire), 4 cats (soup), and lots of rabbits (new zealand), and 5 chickens. I am surrounded on 3 sides by corn fields with alfalfa on the fourth side. I consider it to be country. My neighbors are pretty much all Amish and live at least 2 miles away. It's quiet. We get one or two cars on our road a day. One of those cars is the mail man. Lots of good hunting and fishing near by. It is a survivalist's wet dream come true.

    It is pretty wide open so a rifle is a man's best friend.
     
  5. riceboy72

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    I live in Pierce County, Washington, in a vastly suburban area. There is quite a bit of rural real estate, but my house and the areas I frequent tend to be in the suburbs.
     
  6. armoredman

    armoredman Member

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    small town
     
  7. Valkman

    Valkman Member

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    Rural, small town. The center of town (where Wal-Mart is) is 10 or 12 miles away.
     
  8. ChronoCube

    ChronoCube Member

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    Oh yeah, I haven't answered my own question. I live in the urban outskirts of Dallas. I may move northward into the suburbs at some point.
     
  9. Kind of Blued

    Kind of Blued Member

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    Cookie-cutter 'burbs. Not my idea. :)
     
  10. Oyeboten

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    Downtown Las Vegas...edge of the so-called 'Naked City' area.


    Inner City...
     
  11. Ruodo

    Ruodo Member

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    Rural small town here. I live on a small highway like road.
     
  12. Prince Yamato

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    Well, I said, "suburban" but I'm like a 10 minute hop from downtown Austin.
     
  13. loop

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    Far enough from town that we can shoot in the backyard...
     
  14. Mr.510

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    I voted both "Urban" and "Rural":

    I work four days a week in Everett and stay three or four nights a week in Seattle. Both locations and everything in between are pretty much city. :barf:

    I spend the rest of my time in Belfair, overlooking Hood Canal. Our acreage backs up to a State Forest and is about ten miles from town. The nearest neighbor's house is about 200 yards away, through dense forest, and cannot be seen or heard. I consider the house in Belfair to be "home". :D
     
  15. CajunBass

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    I would guess I'm sort of between suburbian and rural. We're far enough out to be able to walk out back and hunt, but it's not too far from some suburbs. Takes about 10-15 minutes to get to town.

    Cross the river, now and you're in pretty much rural. I can't even see a light over there at night in the dead of winter. No idea how far it is to the next house that way.
     
  16. JohnBT

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    Urban. Not my house, but it is my neighborhood.

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  17. christcorp

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    I've lived in too many different places. Between childhood, civilian work, and military service; I've seen them all. Born and raised in the New York City/Newark/Jersey City areas. About as urban as possible. Have also lived in medium/large cities like Austin, Albuquerque, San Antonio. Lived in small cities like Cheyenne, Ft Collins, etc... And smaller spot cities/towns like Biloxi, Buford, etc... I've also lived in cities such as London, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Guayaquil.

    The only reason I bring this up is because with this being a gun forum, and the subject of crime and self defense being discussed; I believe it is a mis-belief that the larger urban areas are the most dangerous to live; and thereby need the most self defense protection. I would strongly disagree. Albuquerque in my opinion is much more dangerous to personal safety than New York City or Philly. The biloxi and New Orleans area seemed much more dangerous for property and personal crime than Austin or Denver seemed. Yet, Cheyenne, Ft Collins, Colorado Springs seem much safer than many smaller towns/cities.

    I believe that the culture of the city (Past and present); economics; and climate have more to do with crime than anything else; including size. Because of colder climates in Wyoming, Colorado, etc... there are a lot less transients. As such, there's a lot of crime that isn't as common. Western/Mountain states tend to usually have a much lower unemployment rate. As such, there's a lot less crime because of economic necessity. And the culture is very PRO-GUN; family oriented; low social-service/government support; etc... As such, citizens help each other out through family/church/charity; and have no problem shooting those who try and "TAKE" from others. The higher the unemployment; the more government services (Welfare); the more transients/homeless; and the more illegal immigrants; the more crime. Fix 3 of the 4 and crime will be reduced.
     
  18. CoRoMo

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    Suburbanishly-Rural.
     
  19. freakshow10mm

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    Small village (2,000 population, 3 cops) in rural Upper Michigan. The county north of me is listed with the BLM as a "frontier". Seventy-five percent of vehicles in the fall have at least one item of blaze orange clothing inside. It's estimated that at least 80% of households in the area have at least one firearm. That's how we roll.
     
  20. Doggy Daddy

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    Ah yes. When I first moved here from Columbus, Ohio I lived in the Naked City between Cleveland and Cincinnati Aves. :eek:

    Now I'm about 5 1/2 miles west of you. Stay safe!

    DD
     
  21. Mohawk

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    Down the road a peice from John McCain. Not much violent crime to speak of. Biggest problem is the black Helocopters scaring the cattle. Great place for target shooting, hunting and open carry.
     
  22. SP Shop Foreman

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    NW mountains of Montana, nearest town 15 miles away, population 85.
    500 yards to the county road across the pasture, backed by forest service acreage.
     
  23. WoofersInc

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    My address says Las Vegas. However I'm at the fringes of town. Go another mile and a half from me and its back to open desert.
     
  24. SuperNaut

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    I live in an odd pocket of SLC. At a glance we look suburban, but there is an equestrian park with an attached ranch a 1/2 block away, a dairy that delivers, many neighbors have chickens, and we all irrigate our gardens often. We are a bunch of ex-rural folks that live in the middle of the suburbs. Unfortunately some of the large parcels are falling to the monster home developers and I fear that our little pocket has a short life-span. :(
     
  25. Vern Humphrey

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    I'm about 13 miles by road from the nearest town. You know the saying, "You might be redneck if the directions to your house include 'turn off the paved road?'" The directions to my house are, "Turn off the paved road, drive 3.6 miles and turn off the county road, go 0.6 miles and turn off the common road, go a quarter of a mile, get out of the car and keep your hands in sight until signaled to come in."

    I live on 185 acres of mostly woodlands with a small pasture for my horses and donkeys. Most people when they visit for the first time say, "How did you ever find this place?"
     
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