Rand McNally/USA Today Contest Names Denton, Frisco, Gainesville Among Best Small Towns in U.S.

Rand McNally and USA Today are running a contest called the Best of the Road Rally. Three North Texas cities made the finals.

Specifically, Denton is a finalist for the Most Fun Small Town in America.  Frisco is a finalist to be named Friendliest Small Town. And Gainesville is a finalist for Most Patriotic. (“Small towns” are apparently any place with a population of less than 150,000, which seems like an overly broad definition.)

Two-person teams will tour the six finalist cities in each of the categories between June 15 and mid-July, when the winners will be announced.  According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, leaders there are already planning on showing whoever shows up on behalf of the contest a good time:

City officials will plan to introduce the team to the music scene, take them to Apogee Stadium, coordinate with the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, take them to the water park and to visit horse country.

I grew up in Denton. I like the place just fine, and it’s certainly possible to have fun there. But the most fun small town in all of these United States?


  • Noah

    Frisco is not a small town. They have a major league soccer team and a damned IKEA.

  • Sotiredofitall

    I agree with Noah – who makes this stuff up, their definition is meaningless.