Hi Janetta, Good question. I like names of real towns, easy to relate to! Makes it easier to imagine things. If everything is unreal then it makes it toooooo unreal to read. Just a tinge of some real stuff makes it more tempting to read.
In some respects it does ... The size of a town can often set the pacing of a story. Those take place in the city tend to pace faster, while those that take place in the towns tend to pace slower. Of course, there are always exceptions.