Special Report

The Most Common Town Names in the US

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10. Springfield
> Number of towns with the same name: 20
> Most populous city: Springfield, Missouri (pop: 165,785)

Springfield, Illinois, was the home of Abraham Lincoln — considered by many historians to have been one of the best presidents — and his family from 1837 until 1861, the year he became president.

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9. Georgetown
> Number of towns with the same name: 21
> Most populous city: Georgetown, Texas (pop: 63,062)

Georgetown, South Carolina, was named after George, Prince of Wales, who later became King George II of Great Britain, who was mostly known for his lack of self-confidence and reliance on his ministers.

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8. Arlington
> Number of towns with the same name: 21
> Most populous city: Arlington, Texas (pop: 388,225)

Before Las Vegas, Arlington, Texas, was the largest gambling destination in the country in the 1930s and 1940s.

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7. Salem
> Number of towns with the same name: 22
> Most populous city: Salem, Oregon (pop: 163,654)

Salem is the Anglicized form of the Hebrew word “shalom,” which means peace. Despite the peaceful origin, Salem, Massachusetts, is most notorious for the witch trials of 1692-1693.

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6. Marion
> Number of towns with the same name: 23
> Most populous city: Marion, Iowa (pop: 38,014)

Marion, Ohio, is nicknamed the World’s Popcorn Capital, even though popcorn jobs are gone. There is still a museum and an annual popcorn festival, however.