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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    Ruidoso, NM

    When more than 200 homes in Ruidoso burned, neighbors helped everyone who lost recover. (Credit: Dorrie Tyler) Residents of Ruidoso

    Olympia, WA

    A local enjoys the Hands on Children’s Museum. (Credit: Margaret Stockert) Olympia may be a small city, but we have

    Bordentown, NJ

    When a local resident lost his life at war, the town pulled together to remember and honor him. (Credit: Anne

    North Kingstown, RI

    In North Kingstown, hugs are a way of life. (Credit: Essie Bowden) I live in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. It’s

    Glendale, NY

    The community gathers at an outdoor concert venue for events. (Credit: Craig Schwab) Nestled between cemeteries and Forest Park, a

    Clay County, AL

    Meet Eli Sims. When he was diagnosed with cancer, the whole community rallied around him and his family. (Credit: Kaitlyn

    Silver Spring Gardens, PA

    Silver Spring Gardens is a community of good friends where everyone helps out. (Credit: Beverly Bortz) This is a retirement

    Big Canoe, GA

    Kids playing in Burt’s Pumpkin Patch. (Credit: Brian Rogers) Big Canoe has over 100 clubs and several events per week

    Reliance, TN

    Even if you’re a stranger, Reliance feels like home. (Credit: Laura Curbow) The folks in Reliance treat you like they

    Sun City West, AZ

    The Sun City West PRIDES make sure to keep local streets clean with their volunteer service. (Credit: Peggy Joynson) There

    Port Malabar Holiday Park in Palm Bay, FL

    A 96-year-old resident of Port Malabar Holiday Park starts off the community’s senior olympics in full regalia. (Credit: Becky Earnest)

    Ketchikan, AK

    Ketchikan is a town where people make sure everyone is safe and happy. (Credit: Robin Harford) I was brand-new to

    Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Ballard Lodge No. 827, WA

    New initiates to the lodge pose for a photo. (Credit: Ben Braden) Members of the Ballard Elks Lodge No. 827

    New Paltz, NY

    The Huegonot family, pictured near the Deyo House, anchor historic New Paltz. (Credit: Stephen Deck) This town hosts the French

    Wall, TX

    Wall High school wears red to support Iraan School in Texas after they lost their cheer sponsor. (Credit: Megan Timmermann)

    Martinsburg, MO

    Martinsburg is a small, quiet place (population 304), but when it comes to kindness, it packs a punch. (Credit: Amanda

    Evansville, WI

    Merry Christmas! So many people go without gifts over the holidays — but in Evansville, far fewer than before, thanks

    Salida, CO

    Look twice! That’s not just a Christmas tree — it goes all the way up the mountain, hundreds of feet!

    West Bend, IA

    Amy Wasson’s parents (middle) died just weeks apart. When they did, the town of West Bend banded together to help

    Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Hattiesburg Lodge No. 599, MS

    For Elk Lodges all across the country, helping your fellow man, especially youth and veterans, is a standard. For our...

    Worden, MT

    Tom Martin, a 90-year-old local, is surprised by the town on his birthday. (Credit: Cherie Freeman) This rural community takes