Special Report

The Least Common Town Names in the US

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16. Pie Town, New Mexico
> 2017 Population: 66
> Municipal status: Census-designated place

Pie Town was named after a bakery that was known for making pies with dried apples. The community hosts a Pie Festival every September.

Source: Courtesy of Town of Seven Devils

17. Seven Devils, North Carolina
> 2017 Population: 258
> Municipal status: Town

Incorporated in 1979, the town was named after, as one legend goes, seven brothers who had a reputation for being troublemakers. The version that’s more widely accepted, however, is that the town has got its name from the nearby seven rocky hills that early settlers found difficult to pass.

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18. New Egypt, New Jersey
> 2017 Population: 2,421
> Municipal status: Census-designated place

New Egypt’s history goes back to colonial days, when settler Clement Plumstead was granted the land in 1699. It was simply called Egypt then. It’s not clear when the “New” was added. In 1845, it was incorporated as Plumstead Township. The name was officially changed to Oakford in 1869, and back to New Egypt a year later.

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19. Lost City, Oklahoma
> 2017 Population: 962
> Municipal status: Census-designated place

The history of the community’s name has been spread by word of mouth. A tribe of Native Americans was camped on Fourteen Mile Creek, but they disappeared and no one knows how or what became of them. So people started calling the place Lost City.

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20. Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania
> 2017 Population: 1,334
> Municipal status: Borough

Shoemakersville was a thriving manufacturing area, though it was making clothes, not shoes. The name comes from the last name of the borough’s first settlers, Henry and Charles Shoemaker.