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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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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

West Jefferson, NC

A group of women casually enjoy a meal together on a typical day in West Jefferson. (Credit: Ginny Tedder) In


Gary, IN

Gary Mayor, Karen Freeman-Wilson, presents the World Civility Day resolution to Community Civility Counts partners Dr. Gordon Bradshaw, Bob Heisse,


The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS

Parishioners who welcomed Betty into their church with open arms. (Credit: Betty Swisher) First, it was a smile, a handshake


La Loma Village in Litchfield Park, AZ

Residents and staff take a hike up Camelback Mountain together. (Credit: Roy Jarvis) In 2014, my wife and I determined

Jackson, MS

Vickie Bradley is an integral part of the Jackson community thanks to her good samaritan heart and generous contributions to


Jubilee Community Association in Lacey, WA

Jean’s husband eats some homemade chocolate fondue with their grandkids. (Credit: Jean Rennick) Neighbors are always available to lend a


Bridgeport, WV

Despite being diagnosed with a brain tumor, 4-year-old Heath Owen is all smiles after surgery thanks to the loving support


Bellingham, WA

You’re greeted by everyone who walks past you on the street with a smile, hello, or how are you even


Grand Junction, CO

When Walter was faced with financial problems the sweet people of Grand Junction lent him their services free of charge


St. Ignatius, MT

The huge pile of wood donated by neighbors while a resident was incapacitated. (Credit: Jack Pierce) Friendly hospitality and a true sense


Morristown, AZ

I recently moved here and the neighbors in this area are the most helpful and kindest people I’ve ever met.


Ballinger, TX

A local military hero with only one leg helping to raise scholarship funds in the name of another local hero

The Doak’s House in Waterford, OH

Named a Finalist Because: Encapsulating the best of small-town America, the Doaks turn everyone into family—especially on Apple Butter Weekend.


Sullivan, IL

Local resident, Geoffrey Auden handcrafts beautiful wooden American flags and donates the money to charity. (Credit: Ellen Ferrera) Sullivan is


Redeemer Church in Lansing, MI

A retired parishioner shovels snow from a widow’s driveway free of charge. (Credit: Nettie Wood) They respect all people regardless


Lynchburgh, VA

As we visited the area, we were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness, hospitality, and kindness that we encountered during our walks


Ord Township Library, NE

Doreen stands in front of the library, her favorite space to write and make new friends. (Credit: Doreen Frick) No


St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Sugar Grove, IL

A parishioner gave the church organist a bouquet of pink roses thanking her for her instrumental talents. (Credit: Audre Kurowski)


North Branford, CT

Lyla and her classmates and friends hold up a banner that reads “Love for Lyla” to show their support for


Safeco Field in Seattle, WA

Sophia Robinson, who suffers from two life-threatening heart conditions, gets a send-off from the Mariner Moose before she begins her


Buckingham County, VA

Craig, a 70-year-old resident, spends his time collecting food and distributing it to the needy. (Credit: Rachel Wilson) Buckingham is

Randall Elementary School in Madison, WI

Students celebrate their favorite principal’s birthday. John Wallace inspires his students every day to be the best they can be


Phillip Sparks Memorial Park in Keene, TX

The Mizpah Gate is a historical landmark that stands at the southern entrance to the Southwestern Adventist University. Students often


Saint George, UT

Locals often explore nearby national parks for a family hike full of stunning views and fun. (Credit: Susan Lafaele) We


Pittsfield, ME

Members of the community have created a “kindness tree” and posted it on a bulletin board at the local grocery


Norwood Stables in Savannah, GA

Norwood Stables gave Marguerite great happiness after she and her family endured many struggles. (Credit: Marguerite Fischer) Historic Savannah is


New Baltimore, MI

A proud American town raised money to build the tallest flagpole in Michigan. (Credit: Robert Earle) A great place for