Jesus of Nazareth, if you believe the stories, was a prophet and teacher. His home town was Nazareth. When he began to share his message in his hometown he was rejected. He found people outside his hometown that did accept it, but he did not find support at home. Perhaps he didn’t find support because his message was off the wall, or perhaps because Nazareth had a mindset that couldn’t be swayed.
Small towns have a similar mindset. There is a status quo that is accepted, and appreciated. Families have been there for generations, every once in a while a stray will move away, but most stay close to home. Sometimes new families from bigger cities move in and breath new life into the town, and give others hope, that creativity, ideas, and change are alive and possible.