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rural areas prevail—mobile homes next to custom built homes—for example, all part of the rural tradition of tolerance.

The social aspects of settlement patterns are several: 1) Many adults follow their aging parents into the community in order to care for them; 2) Many people come back in mid-life, after having left at graduation and spending their young adult years elsewhere. Residents do not believe that many high school graduates go on to college. Many attend the community college but don’t finish. Those that graduate college don’t come back until midlife; 3) The attraction of families to this area remains strong; and, 4) It is still difficult to fit in.

“I moved to town to be closer to my aging mother.” [This pattern was common]

“My parents live in Sublimity. When I retired from engineering, I moved here.” [They had visited for over 30 years.]

“I moved here from the east coast to care for mother-in-law. She is ill and very elderly. She is from Seattle and came here because of the high quality elder care available.”

“I went to Stayton High School and many of my classmates are currently living in Stayton with their families. My son is now going to school with my friend’s kids. And these are people who moved away, seen some of the world, and returned to their hometown seeking better family life and quality schools.”

“I moved here 8 years ago with my kids and we loved the friendliness. My kids felt accepted in the schools.”

“People come here for the 1950s image, an idealistic vision of small town life.”

“I’ve been here for nearly 30 years and I’ve only been invited to 5 weddings. Doesn’t that tell you something about how hard it is to be in the circle with locals?”

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