I'm local. 50,000 people in the whole county. 5 miles to the nearest town (1,000). 8 miles to the largest town in the county (5,500). Totally rural. Great place to raise children and animals. Not a great place to look for jobs. Rural, low population density areas must constantly be aware and trying to prevent the arrival of waste companies. All kinds of waste. Put it where there is no political power. Mountains, fresh air, clear water, beautiful wilds and wildlife, but no concentrated malls, coffee shops, few police, backwoods education, and all might be one person's plus and another's minus. Really difficult to promote local economies. Difficult to even picture the metropolitan paradigm. Kids, local sports, fishing, hunting, farming, a few factories, trees, some oil, and no other resources with which to build more of anything. It can be a trap or a blessing, but that is local in this paradigm.