USA TODAY and 10Best Declare Rahway, NJ is the #2 Small Town Arts Scene in the Country

RAHWAY, NJ — The results are in! Throughout the month of April, TAPinto Rahway helped to promote the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Award competition for “Best Small Town Arts Scene.” A panel of experts made the nominations, and winners were then decided by popular vote. Rahway was a nominee, and readers were encouraged to vote once a day, every day, so that Rahway might have a good opportunity to win against some other, very competitive small town arts scenes. Organizers just announced that the votes were counted, and Rahway earned a very respectable second-place finish.

First place went to Tubac, Arizona, a very small town just outside of Tucson with a population of about 1,400. (We hadn’t heard of it either.) The town is described as a popular destination for shoppers and for those interested in its many galleries. A complete list of the top-ten winners can be found by clicking here.

For the competition, small towns were defined as those with populations under 30,000. At the time of the contest, Rahway was hovering just under the 30,000 mark. As the USA Today 10Best website put it, “Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to these 10 small towns, each with a population of fewer than 30,000 people (as of the last census). What each lacks in size, it makes up for with a big art scene—museums, art galleries, performing arts and busy event calendars.”Sign Up for Rahway NewsletterOur newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The Rahway Business and Arts Partnership put Rahway’s second-place finish in perspective well, saying, “As wonderful as it would be to come in first, second is nothing at all to be disappointed about. To be recognized, THEN to make it to the top 10 and after weeks of voting to land second is huge. We are getting noticed! We are grateful to all of the folks who make up our little community. Be proud Rahway!”

Perhaps we can put this another way as well for all our readers. This was not a competition merely to discover the best of New Jersey. This was a nationwide search! The town of Rahway finished second in the ENTIRE nation. How many small towns even exist in the whole United States of America? Like a billion? (Well, that may be a slightly exaggerated estimate, but you get our point.) This is a major accomplishment, and the community of Rahway should be immensely proud of this honor and recognition.

And, of course, we’ll shoot for first place next time around.