Small Town all the way
I grew up in Los Angeles, big city of course. But I have lived in small town Montana for 10 years and there is no where else I'd rather raise my family. It feels safer, plus nearly every one knows every one else. It's a nice hometown feel that I want my children to know.
For a year I lived in a small town in Northern California. With my kids and I was miserable. I felt bored and locked in and wanted more to do and see and people to meet and a bigger group of different types of people and races.
I still imagine myself in a small town and have a great fondness for the idea of it all.
I think when my kids go to college ill end up in one.