I have lived in many small towns. And from that experience I can say it take between 3 to 5 years to really know the place. To really learn small town people, politics, gossip, etc. That all takes time to experience. That is, unless you live in a bubble, Which some people do, for a long time (or forever). And bubbles are fine. I like my personal bubble. It is huge. But bubbles should not be confused with local reality. Just saying.So now that we’ve lived here a little while I have to say that our assumption that the small town life would be just fine seems to be pretty accurate.