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The Longest City Name in Every State

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There are tens of thousands of cities, towns, and villages in the U.S., each with a unique characteristic — be it an interesting landmark, a fascinating backstory, or a special name. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the cities with the longest names in each state.

Many of the names on this list were made longer by the addition of a directional word like “north” or “west.” Such an addition gives a city name those few extra characters needed to put it over the top of the competition as the longest city name in the state.

Lots of other cities got their lengthy names from a merger. Two nearby cities or towns that merged and hyphenated their names created a much longer name than if they otherwise decided on an entirely new moniker for the combined town.

Most U.S. cities on the list are a few words and somewhat lengthy, but they don’t even come close to long names in other countries. The longest town name in Wales is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. And though it’s not an actual city, there’s a hill in New Zealand known as Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu. Quite the mouthful.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey and ranked each U.S. city, more than 29,000 of them, in order of the characters in their name to determine the longest city name in each state. We omitted suffixes like “city,” “borough,” “village,” and “town” from a city name. Population data came from the Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

Census-designated places, or CDPs, are statistical areas that can include multiple towns. Those were omitted in every state except for Hawaii. Hawaii is the only U.S. state with no legally incorporated areas, so all places there are considered CDPs.

Click here to see the longest city name in each state.

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1. Alabama
> Longest city name: Owens Cross Roads
> Population: 1,667

Named for a family of settlers with the surname Owens, Owens Cross Roads, Alabama has a rich agricultural tradition. Like much of the South, the town’s economy was based on cotton until a boll weevil infestation hurt crops around the Great Depression. Owens Cross Roads was officially incorporated in 1967.

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2. Alaska
> Longest city name: Russian Mission
> Population: 410

Russian Mission, Alaska is a small town of just a few hundred people in the southwestern part of the state. The city was named Russian Mission because it became the first fur trading post established by the Russian American Company on the Yukon River in 1837.

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3. Arizona
> Longest city name: Pinetop-Lakeside
> Population: 4,306

Pinetop and Lakeside were two separate towns before merging in 1984. Now Pinetop-Lakeside boasts of its natural beauty as it sits near the White Mountains, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and Rainbow Lake.

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4. Arkansas
> Longest city name: Helena-West Helena
> Population: 11,546

Helena-West Helena, Arkansas is the result of the 2006 merger of two cities on Arkansas’ eastern border along the Mississippi river. Due to Helena’s proximity to the Mississippi River, it was a major port city in the 1800s.

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5. California
> Longest city name: Rancho Santa Margarita
> Population: 49,026

Rancho Santa Margarita is a city of approximately 49,000 residents located between Los Angeles and San Diego. Though it was not incorporated until January 1, 2000, the area’s rich history dates back to the 18th century. Spanish explorers first met Native Americans where the city now stands in 1769.

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6. Colorado
> Longest city name: Green Mountain Falls
> Population: 671

Green Mountain Falls is a small mountain town located just off of Pikes Peak and only a few miles away from Colorado Springs. The town bills itself as a perfect place for hikers and an ideal spot for picturesque vacations.

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7. Connecticut
> Longest city name: Groton Long Point
> Population: 510

Groton Long Point was incorporated in 1921 so that people who spent their summer in the area would be able get municipal services there. Located at the southern tip of Connecticut, the proximity to the ocean likely makes the town an attractive spot to relax and sail.

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8. Delaware
> Longest city name: Slaughter Beach
> Population: 211

Slaughter Beach is a small town of just over 200, but it has a lot to offer. It is located on the eastern edge of Delaware, looking into the Delaware Bay. It is also partially situated in the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, which has hiking trails, canoeing, and more.

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9. Florida
> Longest city name: Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
> Population: 6,313

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is located along the eastern part of Florida and just a few miles north of Fort Lauderdale. The town was first incorporated in 1927, though the state revoked its charter just six years later. The small seaside town re-incorporated in 1947.

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10. Georgia
> Longest city name: Chattahoochee Hills
> Population: 2,575

Chattahoochee Hills became the city with the longest name in Georgia just recently — the city was incorporated in late 2007. Though the city is relatively close to Atlanta, it remains rural and natural.

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11. Hawaii
> Longest city name: Hawaiian Paradise Park
> Population: 11,684

Like many other cities and towns in the state, Hawaiian Paradise Park is situated by the coast. It is located on the island of Hawai’i, the largest in the chain. Hawaiian Paradise Park is surrounded by the ocean, forest reserves, and wildlife refuges.

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12. Idaho
> Longest city name: Lava Hot Springs
> Population: 333

Lava Hot Springs, Idaho is home to several natural geothermal hot springs with water that stays a constant 100 degrees or hotter. The heated springs draw tourists year-around, helping to support Lava Hot Springs’ tourism industry.

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13. Illinois
> Longest city name: South Chicago Heights
> Population: 4,152

South Chicago Heights is roughly a half-hour commute from the Windy City. The village of South Chicago Heights bills itself as an alternative to living in the city, claiming to offer comparable shopping and dining at lower prices.

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14. Indiana
> Longest city name: Country Club Heights
> Population: 114

Country Club Heights, Indiana has a big name, but that is one of the few things big about it. It is a tiny town in both size and population. Sitting along the White River, it has just 114 residents and takes up just a little over a quarter mile.

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15. Iowa
> Longest city name: University Heights
> Population: 1,222

University Heights is just a short ways away from Iowa City and the University of Iowa. In fact, the city’s northeast side borders Kinnick Stadium, where the Iowa Hawkeyes play football on Saturdays.

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16. Kansas
> Longest city name: Cottonwood Falls
> Population: 939

Cottonwood Falls, Kansas is located right in between Topeka and Wichita, lying just south of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. The city’s roots can be traced to the area’s first settlement in 1854. Today, Cottonwood Falls is the county seat of Chase County, which was incorporated in 1859.

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17. Kentucky
> Longest city name: Old Brownsboro Place
> Population: 393

Old Brownsboro Place is a tiny town in the Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area near the Indiana border. The city with fewer than 400 people spans just 76 acres, or just over one tenth of one square mile.

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18. Louisiana
> Longest city name: French Settlement
> Population: 1,349

This town’s name, French Settlement, may sound like it draws from the rich French tradition in Louisiana, but it actually gets its name from a general store. Steamers from New Orleans on the Amite River used to stop at a general store named “French Settlement,” and the name stuck for the entire area.

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19. Maine
> Longest city name: South Portland
> Population: 25,304

South Portland and Portland are two distinct cities separated by the Fore River. Incorporated in 1898, South Portland is the fourth-largest city in Maine.

 

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20. Maryland
> Longest city name: Chevy Chase Section Three
> Population: 787

Believe it or not, Chevy Chase Section Three is this Maryland’s village full name. Though it was initially differentiated as a special taxing district over a century ago, Chevy Chase Section Three was fully incorporated in 1982. And, no, it has nothing to do with the actor. It gets its name from the Chevy Chase Land Company, which got its name from “chevauchee,” a Scottish word for a border raid.

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21. Massachusetts
> Longest city name: West Springfield Town
> Population: 28,600

Most commonly known as simply West Springfield, the U.S. Census Bureau has the area west of Springfield, Massachusetts officially listed as “West Springfield Town city.” The three-word name makes it a shoe-in for the longest city name in Massachusetts.

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22. Michigan
> Longest city name: Village of Grosse Pointe Shores
> Population: 2,995

Though the Census lists it as “Village of Grosse Pointe Shores city,” the longest city name anywhere in America, the city’s residents actually voted in 2009 to incorporate it as “Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, A Michigan City”.

The shores referenced in the name are along Lake St. Clair, which is connected to Lake Erie by the Detroit River.

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23. Minnesota
> Longest city name: Norwood Young America
> Population: 3,630

The cities of Norwood and Young America merged in 1997. Young America’s peculiar name also has a peculiar back story. The town was first called Teuteberg, but the town sign was flattened by a herd of oxen. Fearing that was a bad omen, townspeople changed the name to Florence, but the name was already taken. They finally settled on Young America.

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24. Mississippi
> Longest city name: North Carrollton
> Population: 498

North Carrollton is a small town of fewer than 500 people that is located in the center of Mississippi. It sits just north of the larger city of Carrollton, with the two cities divided by the Yalobusha River.

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25. Missouri
> Longest city name: Village of Four Seasons
> Population: 2,218

Village of Four Seasons is located in the popular tourist area of Missouri known as the Ozarks. The village is flanked on three sides by the Lake of the Ozarks, giving residents plenty of access to boating and swimming.

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