The big difference between a place like Mayfield and Moore is that Moore is a suburb of a larger metropolitan area. So after the tornado hit Moore, there’s plenty of businesses still operating in surrounding areas, plenty of housing for displaced people, etc. In a city like Mayfield, which had its entire business district decimated (including the courthouse), many people just end up leaving the area because they have few options for work nearby. I read a news story from a year later about a downtown restaurant in Mayfield that was able to reopen and they said they have hardly any customers because the downtown area is just a ghost town.There are a lot of rural communities in Alabama such as Hackleburg, Phil Campbell, Concord, and even Pleasant Grove that were devastated by violent tornadoes on April 27, 2011 that still look very desolate and barren. It takes years sometimes decades for the landscape and community to return to even just somewhat normal.
On the topic of this, Moore Oklahoma following May 20 2013 is still by far the fastest rebuilding community I’ve ever seen after a violent tornado strike, and an incredibly destructive and intense one as well. It’s incredible just how fast they were able to rebuild and you have to look very hard in some spots to even tell that a EF5 tornado had once razed the whole area to a ground.