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The Shortest City Name in Every State

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11. Hawaii
> Shortest town name: Puhi
> Population: 3,435

Puhi, Hawaii, is located on Kauai, the northernmost Hawaiian island. In the Native Hawaiian language, “puhi” means “a puffing or a blowing.” The area certainly has plenty of ocean breezes as it is just a few miles away from the coast.

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12. Idaho
> Shortest town name: Kuna
> Population: 16,557

During the late 1800s, a pathway westward through Idaho was put in place. To avoid building on uneven terrain, the Oregon Short Line Railway Company decided to build a station called “Kuna” about 15 miles from Boise. A town would then grow from around the station. It’s also just north of a lava tube cave system known as Kuna Caves.

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13. Illinois
> Shortest town name: Ina
> Population: 2,342

Ina, Illinois, originally came about because its founders wanted to attract a railroad to come through southern Illinois. A railroad worker was staying with a nearby family and asked the homeowner, S. E. “Jerry” Brown, to name the town. Brown had two daughters, Anna and Ina. Since there was already a town named Anna, Ina was selected as the name.

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14. Indiana
> Shortest town name: Amo
> Population: 508

The small town of Amo, Indiana, lies about 30 miles west of Indianapolis in Hendricks County. The town was founded by John Morris in 1850 as Morristown and changed its name in 1855. The town was incorporated in 1913.

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15. Iowa
> Shortest town name: Ely
> Population: 1,994

Ely is one of the more popular short city names, as it appears on this list three times along with towns in Minnesota and Nevada. Ely, Iowa, was originally settled in 1838 by a German immigrant. It became a railroad town and a place for pioneers to stock up on supplies.

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