Cooperstown now has a little more 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. This year, Cooperstown made it.
“It’s always nice to get outside recognition for a village that really deserves it,” said Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, when asked about the distinction.
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 fodors.com 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, in explaining the decision.
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.
While this didn’t ensure that Cooperstown would make the final 10, there were other things that recommended Cooperstown. Connelly said that because New York has many great small towns, he had wanted an entry from the state on the final list.