Ludington named USA Today’s Best Historical Small Town

April 10, 2024

LUDINGTON — Ludington has been named USA Today’s Best Historical Small Town during the national newspaper’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

Ludington was the only Michigan city among the 20 nominees. To be eligible, the town has to have a population of fewer than 25,000 people.

“We are overjoyed to receive this incredible news about Ludington being the best historic small town in America,” said Brandy Miller, executive director of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are the perfect city to claim this title, with our rich history dating back to 1873 celebrated at last year’s sesquicentennial and our many historic attractions. It’s one of the top reasons people visit Ludington.”

The USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards highlight top-notch attractions and businesses, providing readers with trusted recommendations. Nominees are chosen by a panel of relevant experts, including a combination of editors from USA Today; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. Kicking off March 4, the “Best Historic Small Town” contest lasted four weeks, closing April 1 at 11:59 a.m. Individuals 18 years and older could vote online once a day.

“To receive the recognition from not only USA Today expert panel but all of the people who voted for this great city is truly an honor,” said Ludington City Manager Mitch Foster. “The work that has been done by citizens and non-profits to preserve and restore our community and its assets is something we are proud of here locally and is worthy of this incredible recognition.”


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