Special Report

The Most Common Town Names in the US

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25. Kingston
> Number of towns with the same name: 18
> Most populous city: Kingston, New York (pop: 23,419)

Kingston, New York, was set on fire by British soldiers after the Battle of Saratoga, which was a turning point in the American Revolution.

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24. Waverly
> Number of towns with the same name: 18
> Most populous city: Waverly, Michigan (pop: 24,589)

While the source of the name may differ across towns, several of them are named after Walter Scott’s Waverley novels. (Picture is of Waverly, Nebraska.)

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23. Dayton
> Number of towns with the same name: 18
> Most populous city: Dayton, Ohio (pop: 140,939)

Dayton, Ohio, was named after politician and Revolutionary War veteran Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey.

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22. Riverside
> Number of towns with the same name: 18
> Most populous city: Riverside, California (pop: 321,570)

Riverside, California, residents are not far from one of the largest annual outdoor music festivals, Coachella. The city and the festival site are both in Riverside County.

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21. Oakland
> Number of towns with the same name: 18
> Most populous city: Oakland, California (pop: 417,442)

Oakland, California, is home to Lake Merritt, which was declared a National Wildlife Refuge in 1869, making it the first in North America.