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.