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 South Dakota: Rapid City

    Each winter, people drape coats, gloves, and scarves on the town’s statues. It’s for the needy to take, and it’s...


    The Nicest Place in Georgia: The Fugees Family in Clarkston

    This non-traditional school uses soccer to help refugees learn, and it has a 100% college acceptance rate.


    The Nicest Place in Tennessee: Franklin

    To bring people together, this traditional Southern city embraces its past—both the good and the bad.


    The Nicest Place in Hawaii: Ahuimanu

    "Aloha" is a way of life on Hawaii, and this place truly embodies the spirit.


    The Nicest Place in Utah: Springville

    Every year, folk dancers and musicians from around the world come to this out-of-the-way town to strut their stuff, and...


    The Nicest Place in Vermont: Barre City

    Most people don’t want a drug treatment addict as a neighbor. In this town, they’re met with open arms.


    The Nicest Place in Illinois: Fox Point in Barrington

    An act of vandalism against an LGBT couple brings a neighborhood together and teaches a powerful lesson to the next...


    The Nicest Place in Alaska: North Pole

    Letters to Santa make their way to this frosty town, where folks keep the Christmas spirit alive for kids around...

    The Nicest Place in Virginia: Colonial Beach

    When young people in a small town need a place to play, residents do what it takes to give to...


    The Nicest Place in Washington: Kitsap Peninsula

    For a period of 24-hours, no place in America has greater community spirit.


    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 Nicest Place in Kentucky: Winchester

    A friendly town gets into an unfriendly battle with polluters, and wins!


    The Nicest Place in Wisconsin: The Lingonberry Llama Coffee Shop in Belleville

    Small towns need a place to meet, talk and share. In this tiny town, that need was met in a...


    The Nicest Place in Maine: Bristol

    Often, townies and tourists don’t gel. In this seaside town, they’re one in the same.


    The Nicest Place in Maryland: Whitehurst Community in Severna Park

    It's hard to find a house in this neighborhood because people hardly leave, and when they do, they sell to...


    The Nicest Place in Massachusetts: Plymouth

    The spirit of Thanksgiving lives on every day here as new settlers are as welcome as the very first pilgrims...

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    The Secret to This Small Town’s Revival Is Making Everyone Want to Live There

    Mount Vernon, Texas, could have become just another fading outpost. Folks in town weren’t about to let that happen.


    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,...


    How Did a Falafel House in Tennessee Become the Nicest Place in America?

    “I’m not here just to make falafel and make money. I’m here to build this community.”


    One of the World’s Most Famous Cities Has a Small-Town Secret

    Not far from a popular movie-making city lies a small town you'll wish you've heard of sooner.


    Robin Roberts on the 13 Reminders the World Needs Right Now

    These simple but powerful quotes can teach everyone something about hope, respect, and just being nice.

    The Army Base Yoga Studio That’s Healing Wounded Warriors

    This isn't your typical yoga class—it's a sanctuary.


    The Town That Literally Wrote the Book on Being Nice

    In this small Chicago suburb, being good to your neighbors is a mission everyone takes seriously, starting with the mayor.


    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.


    The Library That’s Writing a New Chapter for Baltimore

    Find out why 20 minutes in this library can literally change someone's life.


    The Town That’s Changing Lives—One House at a Time

    When it comes to being nice, everyone in this county has a story.


    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.