Special Report

The Least Common Town Names in the US

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31. Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania
> 2017 Population: 564
> Municipal status: Census-designated place

A popular theory about Bird-in-Hand’s name origin has to do with inns. In the early 18th century, the people visiting the area spoke various languages, so locals named their inns after images everyone could understand. One such image was a hand holding a bird. At the time, communities that grew around inns often took the name of the inn because it was the most recognizable place in the area.

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32. Fifty-Six, Arkansas
> 2017 Population: 134
> Municipal status: City

Fifty-six is one of the most visited tourist attraction in Ozark National Forest. When locals applied for a post office in 1918, they suggested the name Newcomb, but it was rejected. They then suggested with Fifty-six because, it’s assumed, this was the number of the community’s school district.

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33. Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida
> 2017 Population: 1,287
> Municipal status: Town

The town, founded by William John Howey, was incorporated as Howey in 1925. It got its new name two years later to reflect the rolling hills and lakes, which Howey nicknamed “the Florida Alps.”

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34. Y-O Ranch, Wyoming
> 2017 Population: 62
> Municipal status: Census-designated place

Y-O Ranch, Wyoming, is a census-designated place located in Platte County, and it borders Chugcreek. Many people probably confuse it with the popular Y.O. Headquarters ranch in Texas, which draws tourists interested in hunting.

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35. Top-of-the-World, Arizona
> 2017 Population: 325
> Municipal status: Census-designated place

Top-of-the-World is certainly not named for its elevation, which is just 4,528 feet. For comparison, Humphreys Peak is the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet, almost three times as high.