Special Report

The Shortest City Name in Every State


To identify the shortest town names in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed all incorporated places tracked by the U.S. Census. These are places with a charter recognized by state and elected officials. We did not consider Census Designated Places (CDP’s), which are statistical entities. Hawaii, where all places are considered CDPs, was an exception. To count the characters in each place’s name we counted “town,” city,” “village,” “municipality,” etc. only when these were parts of the official title. Ex: with Gas City, Indiana, “City” is part of the proper name of the city, whereas the “city” in Gas, Kansas is not part of the official title and was excluded from the character count. Most states’ shortest place names are tied with other places in the state. Ties were broken by taking the shortest place name with the largest population. Population figures are five-year averages from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey.