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2017’s 12 Nicest Places in America Will Tug at Your Heartstrings

If you haven't heard of them yet, you will soon.

How One Community Came Together After 4 Tornadoes Ripped Through Their Town

Friendly neighbors are alive and well in this Midwest mecca.

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Gallatin, Tennessee: The Town That Rose Above Tragedy to Become 2017’s Nicest Place in America

This town's moving story of strength and kindness will restore your faith in humanity.

How a 3-Minute Custom Turned into a Movement to Cheer up Sick Kids in Local Hospital

Strangers in this New England town take time to bring joy to those who need it the most, and the...

The Essential Lesson One Tiny Island Has to Teach All of America

South Whidbey is a lot like the rest of America—it’s full of many different kinds of people who don’t agree...

How a Tiny Facebook Page Sparked a Movement of Kindness in Shorewood, Wisconsin

It started out as an online group for recycling kids' toys until a Facebook post from a member in need...

The 57-Year-Old Sweet Tradition That Turns an Entire Town into One Big Family

In Waterford, OH, apple butter is far from just sauce in a jar; it's a movement, bringing an entire town...

The 11-Year-Old Kid Who Hit a Home Run at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Thomas Moore is an “inspiration” to us all, says Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones.

The Tiny Town of 1,000 That Raised $45,000 in One Day

Keep those tissues handy because this sweet town’s tale will bring on the waterworks.

Believe It or Not, This High School Is Actually One of the Nicest Places in America

Imagine a high school where the kids would rather be in school than anywhere else—that’s Pflugerville High.

How It Feels to Live in a Tiny Town Where Everyone Knows Your Name

When a town's motto is "Nice people live here," you can bet their hearts know no bounds when it comes...

When Police Violence Threatened to Tear This Town Apart, What Happened Next Will Restore Your Faith ...

A saying goes, "When something terrible happens, it's how you react to it that really determines who you are." That...

This Dog Miraculously Survived an Accident 1,400 Miles from Home—and Managed to Get Back

After Holly lost her beloved owner in an car accident far from home, their small hometown banded together in a...

Duncanville, TX

Young boys play a game of basketball with the local police to build strong relationships within the community. (Credit: Jocelyn

32 Signs You Live in One Of the Nicest Place in America

There are selfless, generous people all across America. But to stand out as the nicest place of all, your town...

This Restaurant Owner Hands Out Hundreds of Dollars to Stranded Travelers

Jim Oliver's Smoke House, Lodge, and Cabins in Monteagle, TN, has a knack for helping stranded travelers. Is he running...

This Small Town Raised $54,000 for a Couple’s Troubled Pregnancy

When word got out about baby Archer's condition, the town of Wall rallied. Donations poured in from friends, neighbors, colleagues,...

After the Country’s Deadliest Mudslide, This Town Came Out Stronger Than Ever

“I don’t know that the Red Cross had ever encountered a community that would dig right in and take care...

Firefighters from All Over the Country Call This the ‘Most Hospitable’ Small Town They’ve Ever Served

The government sent Hotshots, an elite team of firefighters, to fight wildfires raging near Hayesville, NC. The community's outpouring of...

This Police Officer Bought a Shoplifter Pizza for the Best Reason

It was his first week on the job, but the officer couldn't punish a 12-year-old shoplifter after seeing where she...

This Woman Is Raising Money to Open a Salon Accessible to People with Disabilities

Cat Rongitsch, whose stepdaughter has spina bifida, dreams of a place where anyone can feel safe and comfortable getting a...

Sneadsferry, NC

Community members socialize outside. (Credit: Teresa Simmons) It’s a small military town that is very welcoming. Whenever I visit, the

Vancouver, WA

Florence Wheeler (right) featured with one of the therapists who helped her in rehab. (Credit: Florence Wheeler) Most of the

Gillionville Baptist Church in Albany, GA

Samaritan’s Purse volunteers clean up the wreckage. (Credit: Ruth Morgan) Our city and church responded and joined together when, not

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Englewood Yoga Center in Englewood, FL

People strike a pose at Loving Light Yoga’s 9th year anniversary on the beach. (Credit: Deb Congleton) In May of

Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids in Tustin, CA

Various staff members at Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids. (Credit: Constance Yang) The staff at Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids in Tustin

Jamaica Plain, MA

Flowers bloom outside the botanical outdoor laboratory (Arnold Arboretum), started by Harvard University. (Credit: Faith Girdler) Because we have all

Grayson, GA

Sunset on Cooper Lake. (Credit: Denny Wood) Grayson, Georgia retains much of its small-town atmosphere despite the encroaching suburbs trailing

Florence Park in Tulsa, OK

Community members gather at the Florence Park Neighborhood Association. (Credit: Lance Woolsey) This is the way neighborhoods used to be

Bethel Woods Center in Sullivan County, NY

Friends at Bethel Woods. (Credit: Barbara) This is the site of the original Woodstock Concert in 1969. It is now