Hell, I actually liked my hometown, but there's nothing wrong with pulling up your roots and moving somewhere else when the opportunity arises. I've been doing it every 10-15 years or so. Keeps life interesting.
One of the things I enjoyed about "Doc Hollywood" was when the Bridget Fonda and Woody Harrelson characters were allowed to move to LA even as the lead ended up going back to the small town. It was a nice illustration of your point.
(Even if I had a problem with what happened with the female lead in the same film)