Special Report

The Least Common Town Names in the US

Source: Image courtesy of Amber H. via Yelp

26. Kite, Georgia
> 2017 Population: 363
> Municipal status: City

Contrary to what may first come to mind, the city’s name has nothing to do with flying kites. Kite was named after Shaderick Kight, who owned the land and donated it to the public in the late 1800s. He asked that the name be spelled Kite because it would be easier for people to write and pronounce.

Source: Don Barrett / Flickr

27. Raisin City, California
> 2017 Population: 313
> Municipal status: Census-designated place

Raisin City was once known for its drag races. The community in Fresno County was even regarded by some as the center of the racing world. How exactly Raisin City got its name isn’t clear, but it may have had something to do with the thriving California raisin industry. All of the growers in the state are within 60 miles of Fresno.

Source: U.S. Geological Survey

28. Choccolocco, Alabama
> 2017 Population: 2,572
> Municipal status: Census-designated place

Native Americans settled in Choccolocco Valley more than 2,500 years ago. It was a Creek Indian village in the 1830s. Choccolocco is an Indian word meaning a shallow creek with big shoals. Settlers, mostly from North and South Carolina, started moving there in 1834.

Source: Paul Sableman / Wikimedia Commons

29. Black Jack, Missouri
> 2017 Population: 6,941
> Municipal status: City

The popular card game isn’t the reason for the city’s name. Black Jack is actually named after three gigantic American Oak trees that grew there in the early 19th century. Farmers used them as shelters and a place to relax and meet during breaks.

Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

30. Qui-nai-elt Village, Washington
> 2017 Population: 79
> Municipal status: Census-designated place

The community of Qui-nai-elt is located in the southwestern part of the Quinault Indian Nation, about three miles from the Pacific Ocean. About 97% of the area’s population identifies as Native American. The name “Quinault” has been anglicized from “kʷínayɬ,” which was the name of a village on the Quinault River, now called Taholah.