So we lived in Texas for close to 2 years. The San Antonio area more specifically. Loved it. Loved the people, the landscape and the barbecue. Since we have lived most of the last decade in Safford, a really small desert town in the middle of nowhere, and yes, it was by choice. Nashville (oh yeah, we lived there for a year before Texas) and San Antonio were really jarring for us culturally. Nashville, the home of country music, reminded me more of Los Angeles than anywhere else. Not in a bad way, just sort of frentic and all about seeing and being seen.
My wife and I like that in a small town you can go into a store, even, er, especially Walmart and you are going to see some you know. Like Cheers. but I don’t drink beer and don’t weight as much as Norm. But they do know my name.