I've lived in Missouri my entire life and have lived in Aurora since 1994. I wish I would have never moved here! I would move, but I'm stuck cause you can never make enough money to get the heck out. You are lucky to find a job making more than min wage and if you do its going to be working at the local Wal-Mart, cause that's our largest employer in town. There is nothing to do for young people, not even a movie theater. The crime rate is very high and the area is full of Meth and other drugs. The schools are average, nothing great. The weather in southwest Missouri is awful!!!!! The winters are very long and cold and the summers are very hot and humid. Spring and fall pretty much do not exist. The only good thing is, there is a large lake nearby called Table Rock that is nice if you like the outdoors and water. In my opinion, unless you are retired and already have yourself set up financially, then you might possibly enjoy living here. Groceries and other things of that sort are fairly cheap but once again the wages are very low. So its pretty much still a struggle either way. If you ever think of moving to southwest Missouri you might want to check out the towns further north in the Springfield area.