Main Question or Discussion Point
How much should one weigh a grad school's location when choosing? Especially when it means living close to family and friends? If you had a choice between a rank 25-30 school in mathematics with an advisor who isn't famous, but does research which you are very interested in, and the school is right in your hometown, vs. a number ~10 school with an advisor who works in the same area but is slightly more famous, but the school is 12+ hours away? Which would you choose?