I did grow up in a small town, Taylor and at this point in my life, I can look back to clearly see it was a wonderful, comfortable and safe experience. I had an unusually well-rounded childhood, and "home" seemed to be precisely where my heart was and has remained.
Although I moved away a few times for particular periods of time, as an adult, I returned to my home town after each stay.
It wasn't that I was unhappy being away but it was just the way things worked out.
Obviously I felt that my home town was the perfect place to raise my sons, because this is exactly what happened. I couldn't have been alone in my decisions, because my children have gone through school with the children of my peers.....and believe it or not.....now, our grandchildren are friends with one another!
We had the normal number of individuals who moved away after school and never came back, except to visit family, but for the most part, the people of my small town seem to be exceptionally loyal and happy.
Great question, Taylor