Ohio City, Crowned ‘Nicest Place in America,’ Gives Residents with Special Needs the Chance to Be Stars

The nicest place in America is a small Midwest town with a thriving park, generous residents and a local theater that gives people with special needs the chance to be stars.

Reader’s Digest has crowned Columbiana, Ohio, the winner of its third annual “Nicest Places in America” contest, meaning it bested more than 1,000 other places submitted by readers.

The magazine said its goal in launching the effort was to “uncover places where people are kind and treat each other with respect” ⁠— and that’s just what they found in Columbiana.

“At a time when some Americans are questioning their trust in each other, Columbiana has the answer: Nobody will ever get left behind,” Editor-in-Chief Bruce Kelley said in a statement. “This town is growing and changing, but everyone is welcome to be a part of it. This is truly one of the nicest places we’ve ever written about. Giving back without wanting anything in return is a way of life in Columbiana. We hope it will shine as an example for communities all across this great country.”

The town, which has a population of 6,200, was nominated by Mary Lou Wilson, whose 36-year-old grandson participates in plays at the Main Street Theater. Read the full article here.

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