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June 26, 2014

Cooperstown named one of America's best small towns

The hits keep coming for Cooperstown. 

Little more than a month after President Barack Obama visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to speak on tourism, Cooperstown has further evidence to back up its claim to being “America’s most perfect village.”

For a second year in a row, Fodor’s Travel, one of the world’s largest producers of English language travel and tourism information, has published a list on its website of America’s 10 best small towns. The list, which  was also on features Cooperstown.

“It’s always nice to get outside recognition for a village that really deserves it,” said Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz.

There were some differences between Fodor’s list this year and last year of America’s 10 best small towns. For one, none of last year’s entries were included on this year’s list.

Michael Connelly, the editor of and co-writer of the story, said this decision was made because it was felt that recommending the same places would be boring.

“I think the point is to share the love,” Connelly said.

Another notable difference was that this year’s list looked at towns with populations of fewer than 30,000 people, while last year’s list had the population cap at 50,000.

“50,000 started to sound like a lot to us,” said Connelly.

However, most communities profiled in this years list were well below the 30,000 mark, with the majority of entries having populations less than 10,000 people.

To begin the selection process, the team of editors who work on Fodor’s guidebooks were asked for nominations. Connelly said that about 65 different editors submitted at least one suggestion for a town to be considered. Cooperstown was suggested by three different editors, making it the most popular choice.

“It received the most nominations,” Connelly said.

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