Collection of essays entitled 'The Place Where I Live' that were written by school children in 6th class (11-13 years of age) that were living in Ratoath, County Meath between 2002 and 2004. The essays are taken from the larger collection New Urban Living that is archived with the Irish Qualitative Data Archive. Essays were created by the students as a preliminary exercise to their participation in classroom-based focus groups at their school. The essays aimed to cover topics including feelings about the locality as a place to live; nature and extent of friendship networks; nature and type of activities in which children were involved during their leisure time; views on the main problems in the locality; attitudes toward and use of information technology. 61 essays from Ratoath are available as Jpeg images, along with transcripts of the written content. The larger New Urban Living collection contains 171 essays from four Irish towns; Lucan, Leixlip, Mullingar and Ratoath.