Our town is very small, and started as a huge camp of migrant farmer workers who ended up putting down roots instead of moving with the harvest.
That was only fifty years ago, so in terms of towns, it is pretty new.
By way of comparison, the next town over, which is very close to us, is also very affluent. A lot of the people in my town drive to that town for work. There are a lot of people here, a lot of homes, but not a lot of businesses. When my dad started doing heating and AC repair work out of his van, he didn’t even have an actual business to speak of. Over the last twenty years he built that one man/one van into a powerful and respected HVAC contracting company. He operated out of four center locations and call centers, in major population centers, and dispatches a crew of professional HVAC techs to the jobs. He had a core team of full time HVAC techs, but he also employs a lot of local talent as freelancers.. Some weeks there is so much work he uses a dozen different independent HVAC contractors, which means he is helping the community in a lot of different ways. He tries to give back by giving work, because HVAC work gave him a life to be proud of, and that’s what he wants to do for others. I work in the front office, and don’t do any of the hands on HVAC work, but I’m learning it slowly, in case the company becomes mine one day.