New cities, towns, and villages are created each year in the United States. They’re not necessarily new settlements, and are more often areas within a county that decide to incorporate. According to data collected by 24/7 Wall St. from the U.S. Census Bureau, nine new municipalities have incorporated in the last two years.
The nine new cities are located in different parts of the country, but the reasons why they chose to incorporate are similar. Unincorporated communities are at the mercy of greater legislative bodies — most often county governments — and incorporation gives them more local control. Providence Village, TX cited its lack of policing capabilities as a reason it incorporated in 2010. Jurupa Valley, CA, which incorporated this summer, cited garbage collection. Ultimately, these cities and towns reflected a desire among residents to control the development of their metropolitan areas.
Some communities said survival — in a territorial sense — was one of their primary reasons for incorporation. Coyote Flats, TX, Summit, WI and Semmes, AL all incorporated to, at least in part, avoid annexation by neighboring cities. Unincorporated areas can lose land to incorporated neighbors, or be fully absorbed, potentially altering the nature of their communities.
Greg Bryan, mayor of the recently incorporated Tusayan, AZ told 24/7 Wall St. that residents made the decision because they wanted to “take control of [their] own destiny.” This desire appears to be prevalent across the country.
These are the nine newest cities in the country.