Nicest Places in America
Jefunne/Shutterstock We’ve picked our leading candidates in each state—but maybe you live in or know about another Nicest Place in America. Click here to tell us about it, and your hometown could end up on the cover of Reader’s Digest!
Clay County, Alabama
Syda Productions/Shutterstock Reader’s Digest has named Troy, Alabama in the past, but this year we’re looking at Clay County. With a population of less than 6,000, it’s home to more National Guard volunteers than anyplace else in Alabama and was dubbed the “Volunteer County” during the Gulf War. Each month, the county seat (Ashland) holds a “Fun Day.” When local 21-month-old resident Eli Sims was diagnosed with liver cancer, the community rallied around the little boy and his family, hosting fundraisers, prayer meetings, and generally making them feel loved and cared for at a time when they truly needed it. Find out how these children help the sick kids in their hometown. Do you live in one of the Nicest Places in America? Tell us about it, and your hometown could end up on the cover of Reader’s Digest!