Wise County is home to multiple small to medium size towns, many farms and ranches and rural and semi-rural neighborhoods. The pace is a bit slower, the schools range from average to excellent and, yes, as in most areas in Texas there are oil and gas wells. The companies that do the fracking have made every effort to keep away from populated areas, but it will always be a reality here. Have not heard any complaints about fracking or damages resulting from fracking here.
Great place to rear children and raise crops and livestock. Live just outside of Decatur, the county seat, myself. Absolutely love it.
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