Great Places in America

The Gold Standard in America’s Neighborhoods, Streets, and Public Spaces

Each year, APA recognizes outstanding people, planning work, and places — representing the best in planning and community impact. During the National Community Planning Month each October, we celebrate how planning improves lives and communities of lasting value.

Suggest a Place

Know a great neighborhood, street, or public space? Suggest it today! APA accepts suggestions year-round.

Suggestions received through April 29, 2016, will be considered for a Great Places in America designation in 2016.

What Makes a Place Great?

APA has defined characterics and guidelines for great neighborhoods, public spaces, and streets. APA also considers geography, population, demographics, and setting (rural, suburban, urban).

Great Neighborhoods

Great Public Spaces

Great Streets

View Places by State


People’s Choice

We all have places dear to our heart. APA invites members and all Americans to select their own Great Place in America — the People's Choice designee. Designees are chosen through a two-step process.


Previous Designees

Order Your Great Places in America Bronze Plaque

Plaques to mark these recognized places may be ordered by local governments, businesses, donors, or organizations.

Celebrate Your Great Place in Style

APA offers a wide selection of clothing and office products featuring Great Places in America.