well, then we get into a whole thing about earning potential, I was assuming a similar pay curve in the long run. sure, NYC's got a lot of opportunities, doesn't mean you can't make more living in the boonies...as long as you have fast internet, fed ex and plane fares, you can pretty much do anything you want.
There's no real big need to live in a big city if you're already making some decent money and are well-networked to the outside world. Overnight flights are no biggie. Living in the sticks, I would say you even have more freedom to go anywhere you want.