I live in a county of 10,000 people. I like it here. I had lived in Chicago and enjoyed it there too. Home is still Geneva Iowa though. I have fun visiting Chicago and love the restaurants, and friends and museums and coffee everywhere. But there is something to be said for the quiet mornings, the knowing everyone in town, the beauty of the country - and being surrounded by family and friends who've known you all your life.
City Hall gets creative with flowers and pipes.
Neighbors and kids come out for a barbeque.
I can listen to the Municipal Band (and they're really good) with my friends in the outdoors. Walk around and visit and no one yells at you to sit down.