These are the most rewarding places to live, no? So much good and so much could-be-better. You'll never run out of meaningful things to work on (getting paid for it is another story) if you're in the business of chipping away at systemic challenges. Maybe that explains why your excellent colleagues are here too. Talented people need real problems to occupy them, and here they can see the fruits of their labour and savour the joys of home or whatever else compelled them to stay/return/migrate.
Perhaps you live somewhere like this. Perhaps it's really more a state of mind than a state of place. Perhaps you just spend a lot of time thinking about how to make things better.