Singleton is busier and Muswellbrook is more laid back. Easy parking, less density and traffic in da Brook. Singleton is closer to Newy, though more expensive to buy and rent. The "prison" in Muswellbrook is a low security centre on the outskirts of town and you would not even know it exists. I have found people to be friendly, welcoming and thoughtful in Muswellbrook. Nothing wrong with "Bogans"..at least they're living life with Aussie pride and being one is an Australian rite of passage! I think the commission housing is slowly being phased out. Loads of ex houso homes on the market and most at a really good price. Sydney is bursting at the seams...won't be long before Newcastle does too and the Upper Hunter will become a go to melting pot and thriving place to be.