I am a Retired USAR LTC. I moved first to Memphis, TN to be halfway between my Wichita, KS and Washington, GA (population 3982) where I have property. My welcome to MEMPHIS was having my car stolen. Thankfully, I was fortunate not to be in the vehicle at the time. Which I learned was fairly common. The insurance settlement made for a good down payment.
I decided to find another place and found and fell in love with Tupelo, MS. Southern Hospitality there is real. I live in a small town, adjacent to Tupelo, Saltillo, MS.
It is the best of all possible worlds. I live in a rural area but can be to a large mall, and shopping area in 5 minutes. And there is a wonderful regional medical center. And Elvis birth place and pavilion is 15 minutes away.