Was comparing nearby cities, towns & villages. Having lived in the area for 20+ years, there's a few things I've noticed. Walking through the big city, Cardiff, you'll recognise someone you know twice, perhaps three times, but there's hardly anyone to talk to.
Amble through a town like my town - and most often, you meet & greet people you recognise on more or less every corner, and in every shop.
Bring it down to village level - and almost everyone seems familiar, and strangers actually stand out.
I'm not sure which I prefer, to be honest.