Neramey, I'm interested to know what you mean when you say "aweful." I'm new to living in this area, although I'm not a newbie TO the area. I was under the same impression, but have come to find that the people I have encountered in Lebanon are just as nice as most rural communities. Lebanon is a friendly and welcoming area and that is why I have decided to sell real estate in this area. If you are concerned about the friendliness of this community, I would suggest that you come to the town and do a bit of interacting with the people. That should help you to feel more 'at home.'
I've visited many restaurants and business establishments and so far I have always been treated with courtesy and friendly respect. And you could always consider some of the close, surrounding rural areas like Thorntown, I guess.