Re: What type of environment do older kids thrive in?
I would choose an average neighborhood with lots of kids, and a great school within walking distance.
As a kid in the 70s, I lived in a city, but we had huge apartment buildings with large grassy areas all around it. We all played there every day all day. We ran all over the neighborhood, we took the bus downtown...lots of freedom. But, now, if I had a seven year old, I wouldn't want her to do any of those things that I did in that same area. So, she'd be at home most days.
I'd rather have a place with yards, streets, sidewalks and lots of kids. But, not out in the country. I want activities to be close, and the school to be closer.