A number of Floyd County residents sold their homes recently — usually at a loss — to head for other locales.

Why? A variety of reasons.

One couple we know bought a house in Nashville. They say there’s more to do there.

A friend is headed for Alabama. He says there’s more work there and the winters aren’t as brutal. He works in construction and the building season lasts longer down south. Also, there’s a lot of work helping to rebuild tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa.

Another couple told us Floyd has changed too much and some of that change destroyed the reasons they moved to the area a dozen years ago.

“Floyd isn’t Floyd any more,” they said. “It’s become too plastic, too commercial, too contrived.”

Yet others say the growth and focus on tourism has made Floyd County more vibrant, more exciting and a more interesting place to live.

“We came here for the music, for the arts and for the lifestyle,” said Sandy Talbot, a newcomer to Floyd as she watched the street musicians at the Friday Night Jamboree last week. “There’s a lot to do here, really surprising for such a small community.”

Some who move to rural areas find country living not to their liking. They cite noise from barking dogs, a lack of services or too many battles with insects or septic systems.  Some don’t care for the time it takes to tend to large yards or the effort needed to take care of gravel driveways that wash out in heavy rains.  Others don’t like getting stuck for days or weeks when a big snowfall hits.

Some migration out of the area is expected. People get restless.  Adapting to a rural lifestyle is tough for some, especially those used to an urban setting with nearby shopping, more entertainment options and expected services like trash pickup.

But some cite problems you just didn’t used to hear expressed in this area: Traffic, crime and high taxes.  This year’s increase in taxes hastened the decision of some to leave — even though tax rates in Floyd County remain among the lowest in Virginia.  Other express concern over the sharp increase in thefts, home break-ins and the epidemic of crystal meth production and use.

Some who moved to Floyd County to escape the problems of urban life found those problems moving in next door.  Yet others want to return to urban living because the they find it more suited to their lifestyles.

To each his (or her) own.

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