> Yet there's an intangible charm to the area. A beautiful landscape, an absolute kindness and compassion to even unknown strangers.
Perhaps when all you have is each other, not only are you "forced" to realize that you rely on each other, it allows you to rely on others and be relied on.
Modern suburbs and cities with their abundance of impersonal support allow us, maybe even force us, to be recluses in a crowd.
Being a major driver for people moving to cities, of course: you can't get what you want out in the sticks. Sometimes it's access to something concrete like a specific job or such, but other times it's because you don't "fit in" (e.g. you're gay in an intolerant area, or aren't interested in the local religion monopoly).
Hopefully those who stick around find it to their liking.