1. Talkeetna, AK
Those who love cats know what it’s like to bow down to our feline overlords. To put it simply: cats are in charge. But the people of Talkeetna, Alaska, already knew that. In fact, they chose a four-legged friend to preside over their whole town. From 1997 to 2017, Stubbs, a cat, was mayor of Talkeetna, located halfway between Anchorage and Denali National Park and with 1,237 human residents. After Stubbs’ passing at 20 years old, brother-and-sister duo Aurora and Denali now handle all Talkeetna governing duties, specifically finding cozy spots to nap and assisting customers at Nagley’s Store.