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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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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...


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.


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 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


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

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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


Madison Park in Seattle, WA

A boy rides his bicycle down the Madison Park Children’s Parade. (Credit: Hunter Robbins) Home to a variety of fantastic