Lord, have mercy!
When I just came to the USA from Kiev, Ukraine, as a young postdoc (1990), my family and I settled on the West Coast; we lived in Los Angeles area and then in Seattle (till 1998). When I got my faculty appointment in late 1998, and it happened to be in Mississippi, in a small university town with pop. ~22,000, people said that I won't make it there because it's Deep South and it is so different, both from Kiev (a 2.5 million city) and from the liberal, tolerant, cosmopolitan urban West Coast. But I see now that they were exaggerating things. We survived here and, moreover, there are certain things about the South that we like.