Special Report

The Most Common Town Names in the US

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20. Washington
> Number of towns with the same name: 18
> Most populous city: Washington, District of Columbia (pop: 672,391)

Washington, D.C., streets have letters for names. But there is no J street, because D.C. was planned before the letter J was added to the English alphabet.

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19. Oxford
> Number of towns with the same name: 19
> Most populous city: Oxford, Ohio (pop: 22,624)

Oxford, Mississippi, was named after Oxford University in England, which is one of the most prestigious and expensive universities in the world.

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18. Ashland
> Number of towns with the same name: 19
> Most populous city: Ashland, California (pop: 24,477)

Ashland in Oregon was founded in 1852 by three men who shortly after established a timber mill. (Picture is of Ashland, Oregon.)

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17. Newport
> Number of towns with the same name: 19
> Most populous city: Newport, Rhode Island (pop: 24,745)

In 1700, over half of the population of Newport, Rhode Island, were members of the religious group Society of Friends, or Quakers.

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16. Chester
> Number of towns with the same name: 19
> Most populous city: Chester, Pennsylvania (pop: 34,102)

William Penn gave the city of Chester, Pennsylvania, its name as a tribute to the English city of Chester, which was founded as a fortress in the first century and is still one of the best preserved walled cities in Great Britain.