Costs around the country are interesting. We’re in Phoenix, where housing is moderate but we have an Amazon distribution center, Target, Walmart, and numerous grocery stores so bargains can be found fairly easily, as can jobs.
My husband is from the midwest and his grandma lives in a small town with inexpensive housing, but one way overpriced grocery store and a trip to the hardware store requires travel to a neighboring town. His parents live in a super-tiny town with no grocery store or restaurant, so getting anything requires a big trip to ‘town’ and internet is available only through pricey satellite service. Jobs are mostly for the railroad, local utility company, or the school. Otherwise, you have to move to find work.
When I think about how our trips to Home Depot usually come in threes, I think about how lucky we are that it’s less than 5 miles away instead of 100.