There aren't many abandoned houses and if they are here, they rarely stay that way for long. There are always new people moving into homes and new people to become friends with. The area is very well populated for being a small town.
I like living in a small town where I feel safe walking around with friends. It's also nice to have connections for when you are looking for a babysitting job or a job in general. I would move here again in a heartbeat. I plan on staying in the area to be close to friends and family.