Oddities of Official Place Names of the United States

There are 2,278,005 registered place names in the United States. The average length of a place name is 19.46 characters. The average number of words in a place name is 2.89.

At 117 characters, the longest official place name of the United States is Center Street Colored Methodist Episcopal Church-Chestnut Street Colored Methodist Episcopal Church Historical Marker.

There are 25 places which have short names of only two characters: 

Ai, AL, Ai, GA, Ai, OH, Ai, MH, Ai, NC, Ex, AK, Hy, MO, Ii, PW, Iw, FM, Kì, HI, Ka, VA, Le, WY, Mo, FM, Na, FM, Ni, MH, Or, FM, Ot, FM, Ot, FM, Ow, FM, Oz, KY, Ri, FM, Ti, OK, To, FM, Uh, FM, and Yo, MH

With 19 unique words, the building San Juan County Fire District 2 / Orcas Island Fire and Rescue Station 24 Deer Harbor / Spring Point tends to stand out.

You may find it frustrating as a resident of Grant's Vacation Park Recreational Vehicle and Mobile Home Park if you are having to write your address frequently. It turns out that all 8 of the places one can live with the most words are all mobile home parks.

There are some odd stream and river names out there, including Little North Fork North Branch North Fork Elk River, or North Fork of South Fork of North Fabius River.
Data processing done with data from NationalFile_20180801.zip located at 
Domestic and Antarctic Names - State and Topical Gazetteer Download Files. Software used was Microsoft Access 2007, and ArcMap 10.6.1.


Anonymous said…
Sharing with my friends in the San Juan Islands. Great post!

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