I live in the rural Mountain West. Last week, my wife interviewed in the rural east. It was a good reminder of just how different the two are, from a lifestyle standpoint.
I live in a town of 5,000. In a county with 10,000 or so, spanning a county significantly larger than Delaware. To get to the nearest “city” of any significance is Redstone, which is roughly an hour away. But Redstone doesn’t have a decent airport and lacks a lot of the amenities of a lot of cities. So it’s two hours to Summit. To get to the interview out east, it was a five hour drive because that’s what it takes to get to an airport with non-stop flights across the country.
The town where Clancy interviewed had about 5,000. But it was next to another town with about 3,000. Ten miles away is another town of a couple thousand. Twenty miles, a town with twenty thousand. Within an hour, there are more than three towns with over 50,000 people. Within a couple hours we’re talking about bona fide cities.
You may not think about how different it is to live in a small town that is so isolated and a small town with at least some access to “urban” amenities.
But from where I stand, it makes all the difference in the world.