posted on Nov, 1 2013 @ 10:17 AM
In 2011, I went from a university town of about 50,000 people to a small town "in the middle of nowhere" with about a tenth of that population. It
has taken some adjusting to -- we have a grocery and a couple of restaurants, but that's about it. If I want to go to Target or Walmart, it's a 25
minute drive; if I want to go to a shopping mall or a fancy restaurant, that's about 40 minutes away. That's taken some adjusting to, because I was
used to just running up to the shops if I needed something, now it's maybe a couple of times a month, and it is well planned.
Socially, I volunteered to participate in city government, on the planning commission, and while they were happy to have me (I have a bit of academic
background in urban planning,) it's been interesting to see the "old boys/girls network" in action -- if you didn't grow up here, you're
definitely treated a bit different. Similar thing at church, though a bit less so.
I like the feel of living here - looking out my window in my home office, there is one row of houses across the street, and then farm fields and
forest. At the end of the block is a huge corn field. Though my daughter is grown up now, I would feel quite safe in letting my children wander
anywhere in town that they would like to, and our schools are some of the best in the country (seriously, they're nationally ranked, and I have the
property tax bill to back that up, lol.)
Overall, I'm happy with the decision that I made to move here.