My DH and I have been looking for property in Missouri about an hour from our house. The town has approximately 1,115 people. We drive through the quaint little town and out about 5 or 6 miles to an area that is very pretty. We were just there this last weekend driving around. Most of the land is still farmer owned and you can drive for miles and see very few houses. Just beautiful. There are very few areas where the houses are only on a few acres. I told my husband this weekend how much I loved the solitude there. I also was thinking it would be nice to be out of the fairly big city we are in and in the country where we didn't have to worry about crime, as there is hardly anyone around! http://msnbc.msn.com/id/14429807/ Well, that illusion was shattered.