Houghton is the best place in the world
I love small towns too. I grew up in a small town (St. Ignace, MI), and even though they have their problems, I'm glad I didn't grow up in the city.
I'm going to miss Houghton when I have to leave. Hopefully I'll end up somwhere that isn't too large.
As a side note:
I had to get the door on my cheokee fixed. The weld on the top hinge of the drivers door broke off. I dropped it off at a body shop one of my profs recommended on Sunday and got it back today. I was charged $45 for a fix I expected to pay at least $150 for. The guy had been in the business for a long time and I spent about an hour and a half out there looking at pictures of his old projects and swapping traveling stories. He's got a sweet Mustang Mach1 that he's working on right now.
Its kinda hard to find service like that anywhere other than a small town.