Here Are the 13 Most Common Names of American Towns

Live in Franklin? You're not alone
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2019 11:39 AM CDT
Here Are the 13 Most Common Names of American Towns
Franklin, Tenn.   (Getty Images / TennesseePhotographer)

It would not be all that surprising if you, dear reader, live in a town called Franklin. There are 30 of them in the US, making it the most common town name across the country. (All of them a tribute to founding father Benjamin Franklin.) As 24/7 Wall St. explains, about two-thirds of city, town, municipality, borough, village, and census-designated place names in the US are unique (more than 15,500 names in total); the other third, or about 3,800 names, are shared. The most common ones after Franklin, plus how many of them there are:

  1. Fairview, 28
  2. Clinton, 27
  3. Madison, 23
  4. Greenville, 23
  5. Marion, 23
  6. Salem, 22
  7. Arlington, 21
  8. Georgetown, 21
  9. Springfield, 20
  10. Manchester, 20
  11. Milton, 20
  12. Clayton, 20
Read on for more about the country's least common names.

24/7 Wall St. also compiled a list of some of the least common and most unconventional names. Here are the names it chose as the top 10; obviously, each of them only appears once in the US:

  1. Yolo, California
  2. Braintree Town, Massachusetts
  3. Cut and Shoot, Texas
  4. Chowchilla, California
  5. What Cheer, Iowa
  6. Minnehaha, Washington
  7. Reid Hope King, Texas
  8. Kicking Horse, Montana
  9. Mexican Hat, Utah
  10. Ixonia, Wisconsin
See the full list of most common names here, or the least common names—plus more on how the names were chosen—here. (Check out the 10 priciest cities to call home.)

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