This is a great article.! I bought a new home in the country 15 years ago and nearly everything you mention in your experience happened to me (with the exception of the meth head neighbours). You will get neighbours who raise smelly pigs and noisy chickens, who let their garbage and old cars pile up on their property close to your fence, keep dogs outside in kennels in all weather and bone-chilling cold, run over your cats on purpose because they don’t happen to like them and who will never talk to you because they are just weird. Do I ever regret leaving the city? Not on your life. I am a survivor but it definitely is not for everyone. Keep this article close and read it a lot if you ever consider leaving the “safe” city.