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.

This year, Reader’s Digest welcomed Life Extension, a global authority on nutrition, health and wellness

 

(NEW YORK, NY) October 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Reader’s Digest has named Columbiana, Ohio the winner of its third annual search for the “Nicest Places in America,” a national crowd-sourced effort to shine a light on places where people are kind and treat each other with respect. Columbiana’s story is featured in the November issue of the magazine and online at www.rd.com/nicest.

In Columbiana nobody gets left behind and the helping-hand spectrum extends from one side of town to the other. The town’s crown jewel, the Main Street Theater, which is known for its beloved theater productions that feature only actors with special needs, exemplifies the town’s “irrepressible spirit of community” and “pay-it-forward mentality.”

“At a time when some Americans are questioning their trust in each other, Columbiana has the answer: Nobody will ever get left behind,” said Reader’s Digest Editor-in-Chief Bruce Kelley. “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. ”

This year’s nationwide search received more than 1,000 submissions of stories of places across America where people are kind and civility is winning. From these submissions, Reader’s Digest editors and a panel of judges, including Sarah Friar (CEO of NextDoor) and David Brooks (Op-ed columnist for the New York Times), selected the 50 Nicest Places in America —one for each state. After a nationwide poll, which drew in over 45,000 votes, Reader’s Digest editors and judges, named Columbiana, Ohio the “Nicest Place in America.”

The places named the “Nicest” in each state were:

The complete collection of their stories, as well as the stories submitted by hundreds of other nominees, can be found at rd.com/nicest.

Launched in 2017, the search for Nicest Places has resulted in thousands of stories THAT PORTRAY a kinder America. In 2017, the heartwarming story of the winning place, Gallatin, Tennessee, captured a growing city able to heal painful racial divides when faced with tragedy. In 2018, the winning place told the story of Yassin Terou, a Syrian refugee whose falafel restaurant has become an engine of kindness and charity in Knoxville.

This year, Reader’s Digest welcomed Life Extension, a global authority on nutrition, health and wellness, as the first-ever sponsor of Nicest Places in America and the presenter of the companion program “Community Health Heroes.” Created with Reader’s Digest, Community Health Heroes celebrates communities and individuals committed to kindness, trust and health. The three winning Community Health Heroes—Camp Sweeney in Gainesville, Texas, People’s Health Clinic in Park City, UT, and Nano Corona, resident of Okeechobee, FL—are featured at https://www.rd.com/communityhealthheroes/.