Lots of people don't like small towns....everyone knows your business, everyone is in your business, there are no secrets, everyone talks about your business, there is nothing to do, it matters what your last name is and on and on.
But its undeniable, when tragedy strikes no one takes care of their own better than a small town. I attended a funeral a few weekends ago for a young man from a small town. It was easy to see why you can't beat small towns. The community center was filled to the brim and there were 500 chairs set up. The meal after the service served all those in attendance and could have easily fed another 500. Rumor has it that the family had to get a few extra fridges brought to the house to hold all the food even before the funeral.
While I don't like people in my business all the time, I wouldn't trade growing up in a small town for anything. It just can't be beat!