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McCrossan Boys Ranch in Sioux Falls, SD

Sometimes you need a little help getting your life on track, and that's what thousands of boys have gotten at...


Hill City, SD

In Hill City, people pull together to get things done, like when a flash flood devastated downtown. Residents just grabbed...


Downtown at Sundown in Brookings, SD

Downtown at Sundown is much more than an outdoor concert -- it's a place where everyone in the community comes...


Mobridge, SD

When folks come to Mobridge for the big ice-fishing tournament, they're welcomed like family.

Silver City, NM

In Silver City, business owners are friends, not rivals.


Reno, NV

Jonathan is starting over; Paige is fighting sexual exploitation; Jessica is raising money to fight cancer and Hannah is in...

Kanab, UT

Kanab hosts visitors from around the world who want a glimpse of its extreme natural beauty. But what natives know...


New Canaan, CT

New Canaan puts in the work to make to make the town a home for its residents, providing constant opportunities...


The Kansas City Center for Inclusion in Kansas City, MO

The path to finding community can be filled with obstacles and hurdles, especially when your community already hangs on the...


Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library and Park Plaza in Columbus, OH

When it comes to downtown developments, it's not often you think of libraries taking the lead, but that's exactly what...

Nolensville, TN

When the Warren's family house burned down, Nolensville came to the rescue, helping ease the burden of losing everything.


Joliet, IL

Joliet has a long history of welcoming folks to town with open arms -- including, once, President Kennedy.


VA Austin Outpatient Clinic in Austin, TX

Veterans make enormous sacrifices for their country, but rarely receive reciprocal care and concern in return. At the VA Austin...


Saint Paul, MN

Sure, the weather might be cold, but their shoulders? Never. Saint Paul residents are always there to help, come hell...


Musser Lake in Worcester, WI

When an injury sidelined Susan Darlak, neighbors braved a long drive to her rural home to make sure she had...

Westport, IN

Like something out of a black and white movie, Westport is one of those classic American small towns with chivalry...


A Stitch N Time in Asheville, NC

The work ethic and customer service at A Stitch N Time tailors is exemplary and unmatched, and they've got a...


North Shelby County, AL

North Shelby County is fast-growing for a lot of reasons you might expect -- it's safe and near amenities people...


Wolf Pack House in Smith’s Station, AL

Wolf Pack is a safe place for animals and people in need, even if that means someone has to sleep...


Unity Spiritual Center in Vero Beach, FL

A pinnacle of true selflessness, Unity Spiritual Center believes that nice people give of themselves to each other. So when...


Flowood Family YMCA in Flowood, MS

The Flowood YMCA is community hub because their interest goes far beyond formalities -- it's personal.


Houston, TX

When Houston was devastated last year by Hurricane Harvey, the city proved what it was made of: nice, kind people,...


Plano, TX

People say that the kids these days have no manners -- well, that's just not true in Plano, where they're...

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Bellevue, IA

When you give to Bellevue, Bellevue gives back. A long-time resident and champion of the charities in town and across...


Wanamingo, MN

When you first move to Wanamingo and you don't know anybody, you'll find it surprisingly easy to make friends with...


Cameron Regional YMCA in Cameron, MO

The Cameron Regional YMCA has only been around for a few years, but the community that is growing around it...


The Nicest Places in Every State in 2018

The nicest places in America embody kindness and cooperation: Locals help out neighbors and strangers alike—and newcomers are welcomed as...


Gardner, KS

Gardner is more than a town -- it's a community. Everyone helps each other out when things get tough, from...


Williamstown, VT

Home is much more than where you hang your hat -- it's where you hang your heart. So when Bonnie...