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 North Dakota: Watford City

    Newcomers discover that a population explosion couldn’t diminish just how friendly this town is, even after tragedy strikes.


    The Nicest Place in Oregon: Molalla High School in Molalla

    The students’ goal was to fill a jar full of money for the needy. It’s two decades later, and they...


    The Nicest Place in Florida: The Villages

    A community of senior citizens remember the young men and women serving overseas by sending them goody bags chock-full of...


    The Nicest Place in Pennsylvania: Delta Pizza in Delta

    The local pizzeria owner made sure his Amish neighbors never went hungry. When his restaurant burned down, they repaid the...


    The Nicest Place in Kansas: Cedar House in Abilene

    When this town helped women struggling with addiction get back on their feet, they repaid the favor.


    The Nicest Place in Rhode Island: Maury Loontjens Memorial Library in Narragansett

    As the people of this seaside town fight to save their library, the librarians go about their business, serving the...


    The Nicest Place in Iowa: Lansing Iowa Food Trust in Lansing

    People go hungry everywhere, every day. In this tiny town, help is here, and everyone pitches in, even guests.


    The Nicest Place in South Carolina: Lake Trollingwood

    A transplant to the south has found a home in a town that is so nice, she says, “It’s made...

    The Nicest Place in Louisiana: Houma

    A toe-tapping city welcomes everyone to dance their blues away.


    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 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 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 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,...