Poll: Would you like to live in a cave?

September 17, 2012
Mohammed's cave house, Bhalil

Photo by Steve & Jemma Copley/flickr

Humans have a long history of inhabiting caves. Fortunately for most people, that trend has been on the way out for a while now. In spite of that, some places the tradition lives on.

While there are few people that live in caves in North America or Europe, it was reported earlier this year that over 30 million people in China live underground in caves.

This week we want to know how many of our readers enjoy being underground enough that they’d actually want to live in a cave. Let us know by answering the poll and telling us why or why not in the comments below.

Would you like to live in a cave?

Yes 71% (50 Votes)
No 29% (20 Votes)

  Total Voters: 70

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Last Week’s Poll Results

It turns out that over 60% respondents to last weeks poll have paid homage to Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave, the longest surveyed cave in the world. Many folks even commented about their repeated visits, and participation in activities such as restoration camp.

Thanks for all the responses!

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Comments (5)

  1. Anthony Ledford
    September 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I think it would be amazing to live underground! The weather is always perfect. I would live in a “wild” cave but people might get creeped out!

  2. September 18, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I live in the Ozarks, and the caves in this area tend to be very wet and muddy. They’re nice places to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live in them.

  3. September 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Sounds initially appealing, but 100% humidity would get old pretty quick.

  4. Mudman
    September 18, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Most of us who have been caving for the greater part of our lives dream of living in a cave. The enviroument of the cave and its dampness could end up being a health hazzard. Most of the caves in my area of the world, Texas, are very humid and contain mold, mildew, fungus, and a hord of insets such a mites, fleas, ticks, some snakes, animals and bats. Large shelter caves are very dry inside the cave and were often used by Indians for living for hundreds of years. They left behind years of living and dying in these caves, and this presents real health problems.
    I feel it would take a lot of money and specialized construction to make any cave ready and aafe to live in. In the long run it would be fantastic.

  5. September 19, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Hell YEAH!! – living underground has always been a dream!!

    I was lucky enough to spend a few nights in a “Dugout” motel in Coober Pedy, South Australia. In some local Bathstone quarries,we have made our “own” little sleeping place, it has a wonderful atmosphere, and the bonus is you get a good night’s sleep without the background rumble of the 21st centuary!


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