THOMASVILLE -- Thomasville is now a finalist in the All-America Cities contest. It's one of 20 cities that made the final cut.
With just about 27,000 people living in Thomasville, many agree it's a great place to live. And now that it's a finalist, others may soon know it too.
"We're known as a great place to raise your children," Thomasville City Manager Kelly Craver said. "We're known as a tight-knit caring community and I think that screams All-America City."
The award recognizes cities which seek solutions to difficult challenges. While unemployment still floats above 10 percent in Thomasville, city leaders are seeing upticks in the economy with new businesses opening and jobs being created.
"We're not the same town we were 30 years ago," Craver said. "We're evolving."
Thomasville submitted three projects for the award, focusing on their Memorial Day activities, Children at Play initiative and Project Divine Intervention, which helps children who are economically challenged.
Thomasville may be known as the Chair City, but folks said it's the people that make this place an all American city.
"The people have all stuck together and worked hard to keep the community in tact," Gary Hill said.
"It's homey, it's friendly, great to be here," Bill Whitehart said. "The people are nice."
"They're what you would expect Americans to be," Ray Baker said.
"I think we should win All-America City," Hill said.
Thomasville will find out if they take home the All-America City title in mid-June.
A couple other North Carolina cities also made the list of finalists, including Dunn and Garner.