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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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 with a huge fireworks display.

The Nicest Place in West Virginia: B.A.R.K. Club at Doddridge County High School

A student club is making it their mission to make high school a friendlier place for kids who could use...


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.


FINALIST: Katy, TX

When Hurricane Harvey crashed into east Texas, residents in Katy, like most towns in the storm's way, were largely left...


Greenbrier Valley, WV

West Virginians are nothing if not resilient. No matter the crisis thrown at them -- opioid, flooding, or fire, these...

Montecito, CA

It was a tough winter in the idyllic California town of Montecito. First, wildfires, then, a deadly mudslide. Now, the...


Roseland Collegiate Prep in Santa Rosa, CA

When Sonoma County burned in the wildfires of 2017, the community scrambled to help those most affected help get back...

Westport, IN

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


Houston, TX

When Houston was devastated last year by Hurricane Harvey, the city proved what it was made of: nice, kind people,...


Sausalito, CA

Sausalito isn't all easy living and Golden Gate views, it's community, strength, and resilience too. As California wildfires ravaged the...


Rockport, TX

When Hurricane Harvey barreled through the Gulf, it left a devastated Rockport in it's wake. But as the name suggests,...

Gatlinburg, TN

When wildfires swept this community tucked away in the Smoky Mountain, they found refuge in the only place they could...


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...