As for me, I grew up in “the Thumb” area in Michigan. VERY rural- a town of 1200. Three towns’ worth of kids went to my junior/high school, and my class size was 105.
There was (and prolly still is) one street light in my town, and it just flashed at night. When my mom had overdue library books, the librarian called my grandma. My mother was 40 at the time. One time I shoplifted with one of my friends and my parents knew about it before I even got home, and I came straight home from the store.
There’s not much to do there, except drink and cruise the one main street on weekends. It wasn’t a bad place to grow up, quite the contrary.
However, I wouldn’t want to live there as an adult (nothing to do) and as for raising kids there, you do grow up rather naive and it’s rather clique-ish and hell if you don’t fit in. I’d rather raise them in a medium-sized city, like oh, say… Tucson.
What about you?