You can’t overestimate the value of culture. My startup nearly got destroyed because we tried to get it rolling in a shithole that nobody wanted to live in. Things turned around the very minute we relocated to NYC.
One could just as easily ask, "why does *anyone* live in NYC when it’s cheaper to be [anyplace else]?” But nobody asks that question, because everybody knows the answer.
Nice interview. I do have to take issue with Beau's notion that Mormonism isn't particularly sexist. Young Mormon girls are indoctrinated to believe that their best possible future is as a housewife and a mother to as many children as she can bear. My own grandparents vocally described my mother as a "disappointment" because she only had two children, and speculated on "the great things she could have accomplished with her intelligence if she had been born a man."
I suppose this level of sexism isn't unusual in any Christian denomination, but the Mormon representation of it always felt a little pronounced to me. Dunno. At any rate, it's real; the church wants to see women back in the home and supported by their breadwinners.
A funny aside: Mormon Sunday School is sexually segregated, and for three years we lived in a small Montana town where I was the only boy. Thus I spent several years as a "Merry Miss," which never fails to crack up every Mormon and ex-Mormon I've shared this with.