After living in the mid west for 40 years I like the ability to drive to new places in a short time. Washington DC is about 4 or 5 hours from here. The mountains are 3 hours, Charleston and Savannah are within an easy drive. Living around Chicago we could drive to Milwaukee in 2 hours, Indianapolis in 3 1/2 hours, Cleveland was 6 hours as was Detroit or St Louis. Doesn't seem like a fair comparison.