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Lake Havasu City Named One of the Friendliest Small Towns in America

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (June 6, 2011) – There are big towns, little towns, poor towns and rich towns in the U.S., but following an announcement today by Rand McNally in collaboration with USA Today, there are only six official “Friendliest” small towns in America, and Lake Havasu City is one of them.

Lake Havasu City, home of the historic London Bridge relocated to this desert oasis in 1971, was named as a finalist in the inaugural Rand McNally/USA TODAY Best of the Road Rally® in the “Friendliest” category for towns with a population under 155,000.

The Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau entered the competition after a recent visitor study conducted by independent consultant The Prism Partnership, revealed that the city’s friendly people were one of the main reasons travelers love to visit, in addition to the region’s natural beauty and its famous freshwater lake on the Arizona-California border. The study had a margin of error of less than one percent.

“We’re a fairly young city, started in the early 1960s and incorporated in 1978, and since that time people from all over the world have come here because they absolutely love the people here,” said Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark S. Nexsen. “We’re a melting pot, a microcosm of America, and we enjoy having visitors.”

Picked Following Exhaustive Judging Process

Lake Havasu City was picked following an exhaustive judging process. Last May approximately 20,000 people nominated over 600 towns in five categories: Most Beautiful, Most Fun, Friendliest, Most Patriotic, and Best for Food. Six finalists were then selected in each category. The other five cities named as "friendlist" were Mount Airy, NC, Nacogdoches, TX, Valdosta, GA, Walla Walla, WA, and Woodward, OK.

Five rally teams of two people, in competition to win a new SAAB 9-4X and $10,000, criss-crossed the country to document the towns in video and photographs. Lake Havasu rolled out the red carpet for Jason and Nikki Wynn, a married couple from Dallas – he’s a photographer and she’s a makeup artist – who call themselves “Gone With the Wynns” and live out of their RV ( The Wynns went on to become the winning travel team and Walla Walla was judged to be the most friendly.

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The video the Wynns produced about Lake Havasu City shows the couple interacting with the friendly residents of Lake Havasu City.