Special Report

Towns and Cities With the Longest Names

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45. Grosse Pointe Woods
> State: Michigan
> Population: 15,785

Situated just three miles north of Grosse Pointe Farms is Grosse Pointe Woods, a city with a population of 15,785 people within 3.28 square miles. The city is also located in Wayne County, Michigan, and was incorporated in 1927 as the Village of Lochmoor. It wouldn’t receive its present-day name until December 1950.

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44. Inver Grove Heights
> State: Minnesota
> Population: 34,757

About eight miles south of Minnesota’s capital city, Saint Paul, lies Inver Grove Heights in Dakota County. Incorporated originally as a township in 1858, Inver Grove Heights has grown considerably over the past century and a half, encompassing nearly 30 square miles of wooded terrain and with a population of nearly 34,800 people.

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43. San Juan Capistrano
> State: California
> Population: 36,006

San Juan Capistrano is one of the many affluent cities in Orange County. The city got its name from Mission San Juan Capistrano which was founded in 1775, the seventh of 21 missions in that area of California.

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42. Rancho Palos Verdes
> State: California
> Population: 42,412

Rancho Palos Verdes, or, “Ranch of Green Sticks,” is one of four small cities located within The Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County. The peninsula is rich in history, having been home to Native Americans for thousands of years. The city got its name from Juan Jose Sepulveda, a man who ran cattle on a section of the Rancho in 1810.

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41. South San Francisco
> State: California
> Population: 66,587

South San Francisco, located in San Mateo County, California, is just under 10 miles south of San Francisco, at the southern portion of San Bruno Mountain. South San Francisco was incorporated in the early 20th century.