Franklin is a finalist in Reader’s Digest’s 50 “Nicest Places in America” contest — the result of a national crowd-sourced effort to uncover places where people are kind and treat each other with respect, according to a release from Reader’s Digest.
For the third annual search, Reader’s Digest editors sifted through over 1,000 stories of kindness from across America to name 50 finalists, one from each state.
Franklin was nominated by Alan Simms: Read more from the nomination here.
Public voting to name Franklin the nicest place in American are open now and end on July 21. According to the release, Reader’s Digest editors will consider the voting tally along with the input of a panel of judges that includes David Brooks, op-ed columnist for The New York Times; Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America; and Sarah Friar, CEO of NextDoor.
One finalist will get a cover story in the November issue of Reader’s Digest magazine. Nine others will also be featured.
Both of the previous winners have come out of Tennessee: In 2017, Gallatin, Tenn., won as a “growing city struggling 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.”
The other cities going up against Franklin are:
Alaska: North Pole
Connecticut: Clintonville Elementary School in North Haven
Delaware: Estates at Saint Anne’s in Middletown
Florida: The Villages
Georgia: The Fugees Academy in Clarkston
Idaho: Hidden Springs
Illinois: Fox Point in Barrington
Kansas: Cedar House in Abilene
Maryland: Whitehurst Community in Severna Park
Massachusetts: Chiltonville Village in Plymouth
Mississippi: Jourdan River Estates in Kiln
Nebraska: Sehnert’s Bakery in McCook
New Hampshire: Pembroke
New Jersey: Hunterdon County YMCA in Flemington
New Mexico: Las Cruces
New York: Harding Park in The Bronx
North Carolina: Sunset Hills in Greensboro
North Dakota: Watford City
Oklahoma: Country Aire Estates in Broken Arrow
Oregon: Molalla High School in Molalla
Pennsylvania: Delta Pizza in Delta
Rhode Island: Maury Loontjens Memorial Library in Narragansett
South Carolina: Lake Trollingwood
South Dakota: Rapid City
Vermont: Barre City
Virginia: Colonial Beach
Washington: Kitsap Peninsula
West Virginia: B.A.R.K. Club at Doddridge County High School in West Union
Wyoming: S. Chestnut St. in Casper