The lifestyle, combining the best of city and country, is what people like best about living in Murray Bridge.
But a lack of jobs and drug use remain problems, according to a survey by pollsters McGregor Tan.
The telephone survey of 600 people was completed for the Murray Bridge council in October, and its results published last week.
Murray Bridge's location, close to Adelaide and the river, was one of the things respondents valued most about living in the rural city.
Those who had lived in the area more than 20 years valued the sense of community they felt, while older residents and those in small townships appreciated the peace and quiet.
On the flip side, almost a third of respondents said the lack of jobs was a problem, especially for middle-aged workers.
Concern about drug use more than doubled during the past two years, and crime levels and a lack of entertainment for young people were also worries.
Overall, about two thirds of people were satisfied about living in the district and a similar number said they felt safe, though both figures fell over the past two years.
The survey also touched on people's feelings about the Murray Bridge council.
Road maintenance, kerbing, youth programs, recreation, seniors' services, footpaths and consultation were the areas the council needed to improve on, the survey found.
Respondents were typically happy with the way they had been treated by individual council staff, but a third were dissatisfied with the way the council had dealt with an issue.
In response, the council pledged to act on the findings when it reviewed its services.
More than 40pc of respondents used The Murray Valley Standard to stay informed about council matters.