I live in Missouri in the very center of the US. I live in a suburb, what would be looked at as a small town, full of single family homes, schools, churchs and businesses. Very very few people own big cars anymore, no one can afford the gas to run them. However they may be bigger than the little cars that Europe have. I live in a tan colored brick bungalow (a particular kind of German styled house), two stories and a basement under the whole house. I have a small yard with very old tree's and a family of squirrels I can hear chattering outside my window right now. I have 7 rooms total and a bath, with the laundry, pantry and more storage in the basement. I have a one car garage. This is pretty typical of homes in my neighborhood. I have to drive everywhere because there are few buses out here. I am about 20mins from downtown St. Louis which is a large city. You can look up the history of St. Louis and see a map that will show you that we are a city with small and some not so small neighborhoods that spread out from the city like a fan. It takes about 30 minutes to drive to the very edges in any direction. However in less than 5minutes I can drive over the bridge to Illinois, another state.
Missouri is make up of cities, surrounded by suburbs surrounded by rural area's. We have just about every kind of terraine here except for desert. Missouri is a beautiful place, full of forest, mountains and vast farmland. The weather is mild and in St. Louis because we are the west side of the Mississippi River, we say the weather can change from summer to winter in less than 24hours.
We are a friendly people, very midwestern which means we tend to be down to earth and family oriented. In Missouri we are known to be skeptical of just about everything and our state motto is "Show Me".
Since we are in the middle of the country, its easy to drive just about everywhere. I have driven to Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia on the southeast coast. I have driven to Chicago, Illinois and Minneapolis, Minnesota, which are north. I have driven to New Orleans, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas which are south, and Tulsa, Oklahoma and Denver, Colorado to the west. I plan on driving to the the northeast and northwest before I die.
I think one of the best things about our country is our people. My family on my fathers side came from France in the very early 1700's and Ireland in the late 1800's. On my mothers side, they came from Germany at the turn of the century. On my ex husbands so(so passed to my daughters) is Irish from the late 1600's and American Indian.
The neighborhood I live in was once full of European decendents, but in the last 5 years we have become a Bosnian neighborhood. In fact there is a mosque being build across the street from the grocery store I have shopped in for 21 years. In the same neighborhood, there a 7 other churchs of different denominations. Unfortunetly we don't have a synogoge as there are very few Jews that live in south county, but are mostly in west county as that is where they as a culture moved when the city expanded 50years ago.
We are very diverse and that's a blessing. My daughters went to school with so many different nationalities and religions that they had the opportunity to get to know people for who they are, not what color their skin or where they go to church. We have large Vietnamese and Chinese cultures, African and Mexican, and of course Bosnians. Because we are a family centered state, we tend to attract people who are like minded. Home, family and country are our focal points.
Its not perfect here. We have terrible crimes, we have poverty, and we have ignorance. But common people always win out over those things, as they have for most of human existance. Come visit us some time, we'll show you the Arch.
mom of 24yr old twin daughters