Palm Springs: the 4th nicest town in the country

February 20th, 2014 | by Skip Descant | Comments
Bella da Ball waves to the crowd on Sunday, November 6, during the Greater Palm Springs Pride 2011 Pride Parade in Palm Springs, Calif. Bella may be one of Palm Springs' nicest residents, lending a hand with numerous charitable and other causes. Crystal Chatham, The Desert Sun

Bella da Ball waves to the crowd on Sunday, November 6, during the Greater Palm Springs Pride 2011 Pride Parade in Palm Springs, Calif. Bella may be one of Palm Springs’ nicest residents, lending a hand with numerous charitable and other causes. Crystal Chatham, The Desert Sun

Those extra-nice cashiers at the Ralph’s grocery store in Palm Springs were not an illusion.

This is an especially nice town. And don’t just take my word for it.

Movoto, a real estate blog, put together its list of the 10 nicest cities in the United States, and Palm Springs ranked at No. 4. (San Luis Obispo, our coastal neighbor a few miles up the road between Los Angeles and San Francisco, ranked No. 1.)

For the analysis Movoto editors selected the 100 largest cities of 50,000 residents or fewer and then examined topics Movoto thought might be indicators of a community’s overall cheer level. How many flower and gift shops are there? Same goes for card shops. (Which might seem to also be a measure of nice manners as well as an affable comportment. I know, I revel at choosing the perfect Thank You Note.)

Also, how many religious organizations are up and thriving within a community, since being nice to folks is something most religions — regardless of denomination — seem to consider a no-brainer.

Some of the harder stats examined were reports of violent crime, since nice people tend to not run around stabbing each other.

The ranking even seemed to put a smile on the face of our mayor, Steve Pougnet, a mostly pleasant person. (Though he can be rankled. Just replay his most recent State of the City presentation.)

“The city of Palm Springs truly is one of the friendliest small cities in the nation and this is evident by the thousands of new residents and visitors who come to our city each and every year to enjoy year-round sunshine and a relaxed resort lifestyle that has made our city world famous,” the mayor said in a statement Thursday morning.

“I want to thank the leaders of Movoto for recognizing that when it comes to choosing a unique destination to live, work and play, Palm Springs truly is like no place else,” he added.

See, wasn’t that nice!

Palm Springs topped off the list as having the most number of bars per capita. (No wonder I love life in Palm Springs.) There’s one for every 792 residents the research concluded.

And the editors, one of whom is Palm Springs native Randy Nelson, praised our city’s small-town atmosphere and “LGBT-friendliness.”

Here’s Movoto’s the complete list of the 10 nicest cities in the Unites States.

1. San Louis Obispo. Calif.

2. Charlotttesville, Va.

3. Olympia, Wash.

4. Palm Springs, Calif.

5. Harrisburg, Pa.

6. Littleton, Colo.

7. Joplin. Mo.

8. Grapevine, Texas

9. Galveston, Texas

10. Coral Gables, Fla.

 

 

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