Just for Fun: List of Interesting City Names


Over the last couple years I’ve had several projects that involved creating localized content for different cities across the country. I eventually got my hands on a list of All U.S. cities with their geographic location. Quite often there would be a city name that would cause me to ask, “Who came up with that?” So, I decided to compile a couple lists of cities that stood out. Enjoy!

Cities with State Names

Cities whose name is also a state. Kinda fun.

  • California, KY
  • Delaware, OH
  • Indiana, PA
  • Iowa Park, TX
  • Missouri City, TX
  • New York, NY
  • Washington, NJ
  • Washington, PA
  • Washington, UT
  • Washington, WI
  • Wyoming, OH
  • Wyomissing, PA (wait…what?)

Cities with Great Party Names

These cities sound like a great place to party.

  • Choccolocco, AL
  • Essex, VT
  • Gig Harbor, WA
  • Great Neck, NY
  • Kissimmee, FL
  • Scotchtown, NY
  • Shamokin, PA
  • Surprise, AZ
  • Weed, CA
  • Whiskeytown, CA

Cities with Beer Names

Beer, it’s everywhere, even in city names.

  • Keystone Lake, OK
  • Mead, CO (I know…it’s a stretch)
  • New Castle, NY
  • Porter, NY
  • Rye, NY

Cities with Scary Names

When you hear about cities named “Garden Grove” and “Pleasant Pines” it makes you want to have a picnic and enjoy life. There are other cities with scary names that just don’t sit well with me:

  • Cary, NC
  • Chloride, AZ
  • Cripple Creek, CO
  • Cut Off, LA
  • Devils Lake, ND
  • Echola, AL
  • False Pass, AK
  • Five Forks, SC
  • Gun Barrel City, TX
  • Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Hood, CA
  • Hurricane, UT
  • Killduff, IA (scary…especially if your name is Duff)
  • Leachville, AR
  • Lynch Station, CA
  • Meansville, GA
  • Needles, CA
  • Painesville, OH
  • Perdido, AL (perdido = lost in Spanish)
  • Rib Mountain, WI
  • Scarville, IA
  • Slayton, MN
  • Sleepy Hollow, NY
  • Tombstone, AZ

Cities with Holy Names

Only the saintly live here.

  • Christchurch, VA
  • Holy Cross, AK
  • Pope, TN
  • Priest River, ID
  • Saint Marys, AK
  • St. Albans, WV
  • St. Francis, WI
  • St. George, UT

Cities with Welcoming Names

Welcome to our city. May you forget your burdens and enjoy life in the present.

  • Aloha, OR
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • Friendship, AR
  • Goodnews Bay, AK
  • Gulf Breeze, FL
  • Happy Camp, CA
  • Jolley, IA
  • Jollyville, TX
  • Minnehaha, WA
  • Mount Joy, PA
  • Welcome, SC
  • Pleasant Prairie, WI
  • Smartville, CA
  • Sweet Home, AR (Why isn’t this in Alabama?)
  • Tranquility, CA
  • Wonderland, HI

Cities with Poker Names

Gambling may not be legal in all states, but poker is a national pass time.

  • Antes Fort, PA
  • Bluff City, AR
  • Call, TX
  • Chase, MI
  • Cheat Lake, WV
  • Check, CA
  • Clubb, MO
  • Deal, NJ
  • Money, MS
  • Plain Dealing, LA
  • Richfield, WI
  • Rush, KY
  • Show Low, AZ
  • Spade, TX
  • Stayton, OR
  • Tell, TX

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