Friendly neighbors, safe streets, excellent schools, and quieter regions near bustling cities are all qualities some of the best small towns in America share in common. To find the best small towns to live in across America, Stacker referenced Niche's Best Places to Live study, released in August 2021, which ranked American towns by overall quality of life. The variables used by Niche include cost of living, health and fitness, and weather. Any town with more than 40,000 people was excluded.

The top cities on this list run the gamut from long-established villages in the suburbs of New York City to planned communities in Virginia and Texas. They feature stops on the Underground Railroad, buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, and community traditions—apple festivals, communal gardens, ice cream socials, and harvest markets—reflecting their roots as farming towns.

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With the autumn season upon us, we have the perfect opportunity to find creative ways to support local businesses. Now more than ever, it's important to show our community some love.

This fall, the LCBO is coming together for incredible local tastes, local drinks, and local businesses. Pop into your local LCBO or check out their website to support Ontario with delicious Ontario-inspired whisky cocktails.

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