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Young adults split on whether to stay in Paducah

BY LAUREN P. DUNCANlduncan@paducahsun.com

Some of Paducah's young adults say the lack of things to do here has them considering moving away while others say they couldn't be happier living in the river city.

Over the past 50 years, Paducah's population has declined by about 9,000 residents to just over 25,000.

In a story in Sunday's Sun, one of the biggest reasons cited by area leaders was the loss of young people who relocate and don't come back. 

A dozen Paducah young adults between 19 and 30 were interviewed over the weekend. Six plan on staying, four said they're sure they will move away and two were on the fence.  

Those who want to leave said they would find the city more attractive if it had more nightlife and recreation options.

One young couple, Josh Stogsdill and Shana Gill, recently discussed moving away and decided to leave Paducah because they want more activities to participate in with other people their age.

For 19-year-old Alyson Estes, there's no other place she'd prefer to live than Paducah. She plans on becoming an elementary school teacher and said she'd like to work in Paducah. Estes is also staying because it's easier to afford college while living and working in Paducah. 

"This is a great place to get you started," she said.

Some of those interviewed have children and said they plan to stay in the area because it's a good place for families.

Tyler Crane, 22, plans on staying in Paducah not because of children but simply because he likes the town and has found a job that he enjoys.

"I think it's perfect here. I like Paducah a lot."

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