How to Go Home Again – Relocating (Back) to Your Hometown

According to a December 2008 Pew Research Center report on American mobility, four in ten adults who identify somewhere else as “home” – as in hometown – chose relocation there.

Of course, late 2008 also marked a dramatic swing in the U.S. economy; the height of a massive recession and the resulting job losses made even the most vagabond adult think twice about renewing those old hometown ties.

Between 2007 and 2010, as the U.S. Census noted, the number of adult children moving back in with their parents increased from 1.2 million to 15.8 million, with adults age 25 to 34 leading the way.

With the economy still volatile in 2013, and the stigma removed from “going home,” is it time for going back home to live?

At least consider these possible relocation benefits:

You may sleep better!

If your immediate family, relatives or childhood friends still reside in your hometown, think of them as a support system — a safety net of sorts to help you through the small issues and big crises that happen in every life. And that sense of support goes both ways: they feel the same sense of security knowing you’re there.


You may rekindle a passion!

“I wonder what it would be like if we all became what we wanted to be when we grew up,” Lily Tomlin famously remarked. “Imagine a world filled with nothing but firemen, cowboys, nurses, and ballerinas.”

Your hometown is where your dreams were born – just recall the plans you made as a kid, hanging out with your friends or family members. Your hometown is where you can bounce ideas off people (face to face, like in the pre-Facebook days) and get immediate feedback from the folks who know you best. Whether you’re just starting out in the working world or headed toward retirement, you may find your hometown the place to rekindle those early passions.

You may enjoy a renewed sense of place!

Your travels may have taken you to big cities or remote rural areas, but there’s truly “no place like home” to give you the feeling of being grounded – of belonging somewhere. If you’re contemplating your next career move or making a new start after a divorce, having the stabilizing influence of a familiar place takes some of the mental pressure off.

Relocation to your hometown is like an “exhale” for your psyche – it can help you make better-thought-out decisions.

You may find lasting love!

It’s no coincidence that books and movies have celebrated the “boy or girl next door” as the ideal love match. Psychology Today contributor T. Byram Karasu, M.D., termed hometown ties, perhaps puckishly, as your “tribe.” And while meeting people from different places lends an air of excitement, “marrying the girl or boy next door is one of the most reliable indices for the continuity of spiritual homes,” as Dr. Karasu put it. “Having common mores, ethics, rituals, and a sense of oneness will simplify your life and make it joyful.”

Follow your heart. We’ll pave the way

Hometown relocation can be a big step, but it needn’t be a stressful one. Find out how we make moving easier – so you can get on with the important things in life.

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