I grew up in the suburbs of Fort Worth, spent some time in southern California but was born and raised in Texas near Fort Worth. I ALWAYS wanted to live like I am now, in a wild area with few people around, not totally isolated but not jammed up next to people.
The only child I had is grown, grew up in the burbs of Fort Worth and in a smallish town in Oregon. Now my hubby and I are empty nesters (his kids are grown, they grew up in a burb of Dallas)… we now live in a tiny community, off grid (just us, the other residents are on grid), if I had it to do over again, knowing what I know now, I would absolutely raise any kids I had off grid. Yes there will be some kids who don’t turn out as well, I suspect it has more to do with parenting then the environment, there will be kids who turn out very well, again I believe it has a lot to do with the raising and not so much the location. I will agree that the location does have some influence, if you are surrounded by drugs, alcohol and violence, with no nature, never seeing where food comes from, more concrete and asphalt than soil and greenery… I would think life would be much harder like that.
Even if I didn’t live off grid, I would want to raise my kid(s) in a small town, far far from the crime, pollution and problems of life in the city or even a mid-sized town, I would want a very small, almost micro town where everyone knows everyone.
Not sure if this is what you were looking for Cahow, but that’s my 2 cents.
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