If someone gave Cindy Astill a mansion on Salt Lake City's east bench - all expenses paid - she might consider moving.
But she emphasizes might.Astill says if she's going to uproot her family, she'd rather it be to a place with a slower pace than where she now lives - Magna.
Despite respondents' negative view of her economically depressed bedroom community (see poll) and unremitting jabs about the city's water quality, Astill's been happy to call Magna home for 34 of her 36 years.
"It's the people - the warm, loving people all around us that keeps us here," said the mother of six. "I've always felt so secure. Growing up, you never had to worry about anything. You knew everyone."
Urbanization hasn't changed the homey feeling in Magna. Many folks born there have stayed there, despite the community's floundering economy.
Cindy attended Magna schools and married Kelly Astill, the boy down the street. They bought their first home next to George and Vay Beagley, Cindy's folks. Both homes sit on land purchased by Cindy's grandfather, George Beagley, who bought several acres from the original homesteaders. Two of Cindy's sisters and a brother live less than a mile away.
Kelly's mother, Idonna Astill, also resides in Magna.
"We grew up close together and married people from Magna. Their families are here, so we've just stayed together," she said.
Cousins play together. Extended families celebrate holidays at the Beagley's home. Roots are deep.
That doesn't mean the Astills wouldn't be tempted to move.
To escape the hustle and bustle of Salt Lake Valley, two more of Cindy's brothers left the fold for a quieter life in Ferron, Emery County. Their happiness has been contagious. Family reunions are now held in Ferron, not Magna, and the Astills ponder life outside their hometown.
"If we could move to Ferron, we would too," Cindy said. "We like the pace. It's slower there."