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Meet the 20 Nicest Places in America in 2018

These are the 20 Nicest Places in America, from tiny Hayesville, North Carolina (pop. 371), to the city of Providence, Rhode Island. You really can find kindness all over the U.S.

How Did a Falafel House in Tennessee Become the Nicest Place in America?

“I’m not here just to make falafel and make money. I’m here to build this community.”

One of the World’s Most Famous Cities Has a Small-Town Secret

Not far from a popular movie-making city lies a small town you'll wish you've heard of sooner.

The Army Base Yoga Studio That’s Healing Wounded Warriors

This isn't your typical yoga class—it's a sanctuary.

The Town That Literally Wrote the Book on Being Nice

In this small Chicago suburb, being good to your neighbors is a mission everyone takes seriously, starting with the mayor.

The Small Town That Gave Rise to Hurricane Harvey Heroes

Nothing tests a town’s spirit like one of the worst natural disasters residents have ever seen.

The Library That’s Writing a New Chapter for Baltimore

Find out why 20 minutes in this library can literally change someone's life.

The Town That’s Changing Lives—One House at a Time

When it comes to being nice, everyone in this county has a story.

The Neighborhood Coffeeshop That Serves Up Cups of Kindness

When it comes to kindness, take it from the shop that serves joy on the side of their java.

This Small City Made a Huge Promise That’s Keeping Hope Alive

“I’ve been to nice places, but there’s nothing like Kalamazoo.”

The Powerful Lesson America Could Learn from This Tiny Town of 1,600

Kindness towards neighbors is the norm in Ellijay, GA; it’s their kindness towards newcomers that sets them apart.

Robin Roberts Reveals What Everyone Can Learn from 2018’s Nicest Place in America

The Good Morning America newscaster opens up about what it truly means to be nice.

The 8-Word Phrase That Made Robin Roberts Who She Is

One of America’s most beloved journalists reveals how her upbringing influenced her life, and how future generations can learn from...

PayItForward Inc. in Mower County, MN

Paying it forward is a way of life in Mower County, where one small plumbing business, built from the ashes...

McCrossan Boys Ranch in Sioux Falls, SD

Sometimes you need a little help getting your life on track, and that's what thousands of boys have gotten at...

LaBelle, FL

LaBelle is a sanctuary for those looking to reclaim balance in their lives. While the view of the Caloosahatchee River...

Mitchell, SD

Mitchell is a strong, close-knit community that is so much more than its most-famous attraction, the world's only "Corn Palace."

Hill City, SD

In Hill City, people pull together to get things done, like when a flash flood devastated downtown. Residents just grabbed...

Downtown at Sundown in Brookings, SD

Downtown at Sundown is much more than an outdoor concert -- it's a place where everyone in the community comes...

Mobridge, SD

When folks come to Mobridge for the big ice-fishing tournament, they're welcomed like family.

Silver City, NM

In Silver City, business owners are friends, not rivals.

Reno, NV

Jonathan is starting over; Paige is fighting sexual exploitation; Jessica is raising money to fight cancer and Hannah is in...

About the Home in Grand Ledge, MI

About the Home is much more than a store -- it's a place where people in the community come to...

Monte Vista Grove Homes in Pasadena, CA

Monte Vista Grove Homes is not your typical retirement community. It has a mission that each of its residents and...

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Samaritans365 Foundation’s Kindness Headquarters in Boca Raton, FL

Samaritans365 gives children and adults the tools they need to give a greater platform to the goodness that's already inside...

Kanab, UT

Kanab hosts visitors from around the world who want a glimpse of its extreme natural beauty. But what natives know...

Lafayette, LA

Seeped in Cajun and Creole culture, Lafayette is exactly the kind of place that tourists hope to find when they...

Mason, TX

The residents of Mason have a lot to say about what makes is one of the Nicest Places in America...

Old Saybrook, CT

In Old Saybrook, neighbors come knock, knock, knockin' and will be there for you through thick and thin without needing...

Eagan, MN

In Eagan, everyone is happy to help. The town communicates via social media, asking for an offering help with things...