I live in north DE. Wilmington doesn’t have enough tech jobs. EVERY damn job offer I get is in center city Philly, which is absolutely unacceptable. I’ve worked in the Media area, that commute was better but still tiresome 5 days a week.
I currently WFH 3 days a week, with an hour and half commute (both ways) 2 days a week. Not terrible, but I don’t expect that gig to last forever.
Middletown, DE begrudgingly fits the bill “enough” for the rural town part, my parents live there, but it is not close enough to Philly time-wise. It’s also exploding with McMansions on small lots.
What I’m basically looking for is to be able to spend the next 20 years or so not having to worry about getting jobs too much, in a nice small town I can grab necessities from when needed and be proud to live there. I like to be by a large city, but not have to live there, and I’m a country boy at heart.