A small town of 35,000 on the shores of Lake Michigan was named one of the happiest towns in America. In this 2010 article on the ABC News site, the author tries to find out exactly what makes Holland, Michigan so great. Not surprisingly, the residents talked about the sense of community in their town. An unemployed man also mentioned the strong social safety net in place because of local churches and charities.

“Residents here know that solutions to problems are not found in the maze of ideas that come out of Washington, but from the rewards that come from caring about their neighbors.”

While the town of Holland is small and relatively homogenous, there is much to admire about a city that prides itself on philanthropy and community spirit.