Nicest Places

After hearing all your stories and submissions, we’ve found some of the nicest places in America. From metropolitan miracles to small-town hidden gems, our nation’s capacity for human kidness will amaze you. Did your town make the list?

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    Letter from the Editor: Searching for a Good Place

    Do you live in a place where people really care?

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    Nicest Places in America 2021

    We're on a hunt for the Nicest Places in America!

    These Are the 50 Nicest Places in America, According to Our Readers

    This list of our 50 Nicest Places in 2020 came from over 1,000 stories sent to us by readers. Check...

    The 50 Nicest Places in America in 2019

    This list of our 50 Nicest Places in 2019 came from over 1,000 stories sent to us by readers.

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    Reader’s Digest Nicest Places in America

    Every year, our editors read through thousands of nominations from readers to find the Reader's Digest Nicest Places in America....

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    Nicest Places in America 2021

    Nicest Places in America is a nationwide search for places where people are kind and do amazing things to improve...

    BBC Finds Hope for Unity in Reader’s Digest Nicest Place in America

    BBC U.S. correspondent James Coomarasamy visited the 2020 pick for the Nicest Place in America to see what makes this...

    Incredible Generosity Makes Red Handed Tattoo in Shreveport the Nicest Place in Louisiana

    Learn how the owner of one small-town tattoo shop made a big difference.

    Caring for Neighbors Makes Yardley the Nicest Place in Pennsylvania

    Coronavirus couldn't stop this congregation's spirit of giving.

    Walking the Walk Makes Rio Vista the Nicest Place in California

    Find out why this small town was voted the nicest place in California.

    Kid Power Makes Gaithersburg the Nicest Place in Maryland

    In a time when we need kindness more than ever, young people are stepping up in this Maryland city.

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    Fighting COVID-19 and Racial Injustice, Buchanan, Michigan, Is the Nicest Place in America

    In 2020, we received a record number 1,177 story submissions to our annual search for the Nicest Places in America...

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    Q&A: Mitch Albom Talks Kindness Through the COVID Crisis and the Nicest Place in America

    We sat down with Tuesdays With Morrie best-selling author and moral voice of America Mitch Albom to discuss the...

    27 Profoundly Inspiring Quotes from Everyday Americans Making the Best of a Tough Year

    A year of pandemics, police shootings, and racial protests didn’t get their spirits down. These notable folks rose to the...

    Americans Surprisingly United Locally—Though Nationally, Divided as Ever, Survey Shows

    Americans feel more unity with those in their local communities, even as they see the country as divided as ever.

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    In Columbiana, Ohio, the Nicest Place in America in 2019, Nobody Gets Left Behind

    In Columbiana, Ohio, nobody gets left behind, from blue-collar workers, to the wealthy, to folks who sometimes need a little...

    The Nicest Place in Idaho: Hidden Springs

    When illness nearly caused a beloved shop owner to close the doors, one group came to the rescue: Her customers.

    The Nicest Place in Michigan: Armada

    A beautiful public park full of butterflies and doves is a living, loving monument to a young girl taken too...

    The Nicest Place in Minnesota: Fertile

    A dying veteran gave his all to his town after nearly giving his life for his country. His neighbors decide...

    The Nicest Place in Mississippi: Jourdan River Estates

    Hurricane Katrina wiped out 58 of the 60 homes here. But the town’s back with a bang, celebrating their recovery...

    The Nicest Place in Missouri: Columbia

    A faraway tragedy inspired this community to work hard to bring goodness into the world.

    The Nicest Place in Montana: Ovando

    A tiny town in the middle of nowhere has an outsized reputation for helping strangers.

    The Nicest Place in Arizona: Kingman

    After an ugly incident split this town, the citizens found common ground when they anointed a homeless poet their “Adopted...

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    The Nicest Place in Nebraska: Sehnert’s Bakery in McCook

    Don’t be in a hurry when you visit the local bakery. Order the “bieroc,” grab a seat, and make a...

    The Nicest Place in Arkansas and Texas: Texarkana

    In most places, a dividing line acts to separate people. In this border town, the line brings folks together.

    The Nicest Place in North Carolina: Sunset Hills in Greensboro

    One family’s silly lark leads to a city realizing the true spirit of Christmas.

    The Nicest Place in Alabama: Drexell & Honeybees Donations Only Restaurant

    Drexell & Honeybees gives food and dignity to people who need it most and has inspired the surrounding community to...

    The Nicest Place in Nevada: Dayton

    A woman felt disconnected and alone in the city she lived in. Then she moved to Dayton, and suddenly, everyone...

    The Nicest Place in California: Anaheim

    It isn’t every city where someone can be elected mayor by running on the slogan, “Make Kindness Contagious.”