I grew up in the inner city of Chicago, so transitioning to rural Illinois was a big change. But I love the fact that you can know the people around you. I really enjoy living here, and am glad my family moved here. Comparing this area to the other places I've lived would be difficult because it's so different. I definitely feel safer here than I would in the city, but there are some kinds of shops that I would really love to be able to access that I can't because it's a smaller area and we can't support them. I do see the area continuing to grow and blossom, however. Local communities are investing in business and community restoration, so I see things beginning to improve.