"I like where I live," she said. "I like being to myself and being around people I know."
Riverside High School sophomore Kaleigh Miller would choose to live in a small town, though since she hopes for a future in art, she knows that a big city would probably be better for her career. She will more then likely stay in West Virginia because of her family, but she said if she had to move outside of West Virginia, it would be to Texas or somewhere else in the South.
"I don't think I could leave my family, though," she said.
If she lived in a small town, Miller said she would consider something farming. "I was always around animals my whole life," she said.
Nuckols, on the other hand, would not. She said, "It's too much hard work. And I'll have school and one day be a nurse and have kids."
Living in a city like New York or Los Angeles would also be a lot of work. You have to have some money saved before even going there because they are not cheap, and you're not automatically going to find a job or a place to live when you get there. Yes, big cities have bigger opportunities, but their houses and apartments cost a whole lot more. Apartments there can cost $1,500 to $2,000 a month -- and many don't include utilities.
You also have to think of transportation costs, though in a big city, they might be cheaper than in a small town. You could possibly find an apartment near where you work, and in New York, you can take taxis and the subway so that you don't need a car. That means no car payment, car insurance or gasoline costs.
Thinking about where to live is an important decision in your life. You want to live somewhere you like, but it's not always about fun. You have to find a place where you believe you can provide for yourself and your family while also being happy and stress-free.