Many of the communities of the Western US have histories extending back to the 1800s, when Easterners took quite seriously the admonition to "Go West Young Man." Are they flourishing? You be the judge. The following information is only a few snippets on Denver, Colorado, taken from a study done every ten years and completed in 2007, but should be of interest to Easterners who believe that the sun both rises and sets in the East.
Metro Denver/Boulder is now the 18th largest Jewish community in the U.S., similar in size to established Jewish centers such as Baltimore and Cleveland. Denver is also similar in size to other growing western U.S. Jewish centers such as Phoenix and San Diego.
Over the past 10 years, the Metro Denver/Boulder Jewish community has grown at a faster rate than has the general community. In 2007, Jewish households represent 4.4% of total households in the seven-county area studied, compared to 3.7% in 1997. Nationally, Jewish households represent 2% of the total population.
According to initial results of the 2007 Jewish Community Study, the number of Jewish persons in the Metro Denver/Boulder area has increased 29% from 63,300 Jews to 81,500, since 1997.
Of course we would need a lot more information then what I've given here to get a more complete picture of the Denver frum community, but this is a start. Last I heard Baltimore was considered a stable Jewish community, and much of what is present in Baltimore is also present in Denver. The same for Cleveland.
Before we dismiss out of town communities out of hand we might just want to look at some figures and facts and make our decisions based on rational research and thought rather than on geocentric biases.