Why does eberryone want to have a small house? I want a five-story cylinder; two basements, and the roof should have a roof so I can climb out onto a gazebo as my personal breakfast-nook. The floors will be connected by a steep, narrow stairway to minimize floor loss as I'm planning for each layer to be about 800, maybe 900 square feet. Also wise I suppose to include a dumb-waiter but it wood need to be hand operated as I suspect I'll be living far enough "out there" that power will go out after each major windstorm, though hopefully not for more than a few hours.
It will be in the countryside and my property will be fenced and cross-fenced for my horses, but I'll probably need to get goats to help keep the brush under control.
It wood be nice if I lived in place where it was safe, and reasonable, to leave the house by bicycle. Where I live now and recently moved from I'd honestly fear for my life if I tried getting to the local convenience store by bicycle. In a related note, I've had my horse(s) places that it was also doable to just ... ride off, straight from the barn into a one or two hour ride, no need for a trailer to get to the major trails. Which are beautiful of course but they require you and your horse to be in shape, that you get up early, and that you're all used to this kind of routine.
I've ridden four times this year, and August is almost over. This is not comfy horse-ownership, Anon.
I'm not saying I want or expect to bicycle to work; I always have, and appreciate, living too far from the office to do that (which means, in case you didn't catch it, that good roads & highways are a big part of staying comfy). I just want to be able to get a candy bar, or see that the lake still has water, without finding a parking space.
So, I've been married a decade and a half, and I woodn't consider starting over on that end of things. I'm happy enough with my job -- I have medical issues and need to have either a lot of time off (I bought my first house still working 24h/wk) or have a berry low-stress, still well-paid job. "computers" seem to be the field for that, if you've the mind to out-guru the fools with "certs" and "degrees".
I've only known the one. But the US is so BIG that it doesn't matter you can find the biome you want. And that's true for a number of other countries around the world. The only reason to change countries is you like their politics better than what's here. But if the globohomos succeed in making their "one world government" along with eberrything that goes wrong with that, the politics will be the same so now you're down to picking neighborhood culture.
So I posit which country you live in, doesn't matter. Just take time to go visit your neighbors once a month, you'll do fine.