The view of many these days is heavily negative of rural America: Opioids, taking in more taxpayer income from the blue states than vice versa, Trump country, “clinging to guns and Bibles,” coal-mining jobs lost, and this article that went viral after Election Day 2016: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America.
So what I wanted to ask (as someone who’s lived almost entirely in urban or suburban places): What - if anything - is good about rural America?
I did live briefly in rural western New York and noted the natural beauty of that place (and the beauty of rural Pennsylvania) - although that, of course, isn’t to be credited to humans. It did seem safer; friends would comment on how they could leave their front doors unlocked without fear of crime.
Do rural Americans have a more sedate, slow-paced lifestyle and mindset?
Are they more friendly than urbanites? (taking race out of the equation)
Are they likelier to have better hands-on knowledge of handyman skills like fixing cars, survival skills, outdoors, etc.?