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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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 occasion in the most remarkable way—and inspired others to do the same.


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.”


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,...


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.

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.


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...

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...


Sugar Hill Assisted Living Community in Dalton, MA

When Robert Rood initially checked into Sugar Hill, it was out of necessity. Two weeks later, he simply couldn't leave....


Rochester, NY

Rochester has a history of kindness and philanthropy that has only gotten stronger with time, as some of Rochester's most...


The James F. McGuire Memorial Senior Center in Northvale, NJ

The James F. McGuire Memorial Senior Center has "breathed new life" into many of its residents, they say. It truly...

The Homeless Charity and Village in Akron, OH

When a thriving businessman saw the opportunity to make a real difference by opening his property to local homeless people,...


Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, CO

When surrounded the awe-inspiring art in the Benson Sculpture Garden, it's hard not to reflect the same beauty in your...


Ely, IA

Volunteerism isn't a duty in Ely, it's a way of life. The town thrives because of it, and it's so...


Delray Center in Delray Beach, FL

The overwhelming generosity and culture of healing manifested by the folks at the Delray Center are an inspiration.


Orting, WA

Under the shadow of Mt. Rainier, Orting shines when it comes to kindness, especially toward some of its most vulnerable...

FINALIST: Mower County, MN

In Austin, kindness isn't just something you do in your spare time -- the town has formed a committee to...


First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carlisle, PA

First Evangelical Lutheran is full of charity and goodwill. Each month members make and sew together quilt toppers to donate...


Kiss the Cook Restaurant and Catering in Paragould, AR

Kiss the Cook Restaurant and Catering isn't as much a restaurant as a means to extend charity, love and care...


Winona, MN

Home to several charitable organizations to enrich their community, Winona leads the pack when it comes to kindness. And the...


Crystal Falls, MI

Always upfront with neighbors and acquaintances, Crystal Falls is crystal-clear when it comes to kindness. There's a whole lot of...


Westport, IN

Like something out of a black and white movie, Westport is one of those classic American small towns with chivalry...


FINALIST: Bothell, WA

How do you celebrate a birthday in Bothell? Well, if you're one local resident, you do it by collecting charity...


Branson, MO

Branson, home to classic midwestern kindness and hospitality, is a place that treats strangers as guests and those who are...

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Unity Spiritual Center in Vero Beach, FL

A pinnacle of true selflessness, Unity Spiritual Center believes that nice people give of themselves to each other. So when...


Stacey Hurford’s Group Exercise Classes at Villa Sport Athletic Club in Beaverton, OR

Exercise instructor Stacey Hurford inspires her students far beyond that extra sit-up, motivating to do the very best for themselves...


Snowmass Village, CO

Extreme sports are a staple at Snowmass, but none will take your breath away they way the locals' kindness will.


DeRidder, LA

A military community with a rich history of being nice, fables of DeRidder's kindness stretch as far back as World...


Bellevue, IA

When you give to Bellevue, Bellevue gives back. A long-time resident and champion of the charities in town and across...


Madison, VA

Surrounded by awe inspiring mountains and rivers, Madison's natural beauty pales in comparison to the generous acts of it's people....