Catching some “Z” cities

Zagreb - Source:

Zagreb – Source:

Here’s my working list of cities across the globe the letter “Z” in the English version of their name. Those with more than one “Z” are highlighted in bold, including one city in Russia and one town in California with three.

From the list below, China contains the most cities with a “Z” in its name. The list primarily includes larger cities outside of North America, so any additions are most welcome. *UPDATE – Check out the lengthy list from Geographer of cities and towns in Spain with the letter “Z” in them under comments.  Kinda makes my original list look rather inadequate.

  • Allouez, WI, USA
  • Azusa, CA, USA
  • Brazzaville, Congo (two z’s without starting with a z)
  • Cadiz, Spain
  • Cadiz, OH, USA
  • Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
  • Cozad, NE, USA
  • Emiliano Zapata, Mexico
  • Graz, Austria
  • Grozny, Russia
  • Guangzhou, China (largest Z city with approximately 15 million residents)
  • Gustavo Djaz Ordaz, Mexico (2 z’s)
  • Hazelhurst, GA, USA
  • Hazel Park, MI, USA
  • Hazelwood, MO, USA
  • Horizon City, Texas
  • Huizhou, China
  • Kalamazoo, MI, USA
  • La Paz, Bolivia
  • La Paz, Mexico
  • Lazaro Cardenas. Mexico
  • Leipzig, Germany
  • Linz, Austria
  • Lodz, Poland
  • Manzanilla, Mexico
  • Martinez, GA, USA
  • Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Mazatenago, Guatemala
  • Mazatlan, Mexico
  • Natchez, MS, USA
  • Santa Cruz, Bolivia
  • Santa Cruz, CA, USA
  • Seabreeze, NC, USA
  • Shenzhen, China
  • Szegred, Hungary
  • Trabzon, Turkey
  • Veracruz, Mexico
  • Walbrzych, Poland
  • Yazoo City, MS, USA
  • Zaanstad, Netherlands
  • Zabol, Iran
  • Zabrze, Poland (two z’s)
  • Zachary, LA, USA
  • Zacualopitan, Mexico
  • Zacupa, Mexico
  • Zacatecas, Mexico
  • Zagazig, Egypt (2 z’s)
  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Zahedan, Iran
  • Zama, Japan
  • Zamboanga City, Philippines
  • Zamora, Mexico
  • Zanesville, OH, USA
  • Zanjan, Iran
  • Zanzibar, Tanzania (2 z’s)
  • Zaoyang, China
  • Zaozhuang, China
  • Zapata, TX, USA
  • Zapopan, Mexico
  • Zaporizhia, Ukraine (2 z’s)
  • Zaragoza, Spain (2 z’s)
  • Zarate, Argentina
  • Zaria, Nigeria
  • Zarqa, Jordan
  • Zeeland, MI, USA
  • Zebulon, GA and NC, USA
  • Zeigler, IL, USA
  • Zelenograd, Russia
  • Zelianople, PA, USA
  • Zellwood, FL, USA
  • Zemora, Mexico
  • Zenica, Bosnia
  • Zephyr Cove, NV, USA
  • Zephyrhills, FL, USA
  • Zhalantun, China
  • Zhangjiagang, China
  • Zhangjiajie, China
  • Zhangjiakou, China
  • Zhangshu, China
  • Zhangye, China
  • Zhangzhou, China (2 z’s)
  • Zhanjiang, China
  • Zhaodong, China
  • Zhaoqing, China
  • Zhaotong, China
  • Zheleznodorozhny, Russia (3 z’s)
  • Zhengzhou, China (2 z’s)
  • Zhenjiang, China
  • Zhongshan, China
  • Zhoukou, China
  • Zhoushan, China
  • Zhucheng, China
  • Zhuhai, China
  • Zhuji, China
  • Zhukovsky, Russia
  • Zhumadian, China
  • Zhuozhou, China (2 z’s)
  • Zhuzhou, China (2 z’s)
  • Zhytomyr, Ukraine
  • Zibo, China
  • Zieglersville, PA, USA
  • Zielona Góra, Poland
  • Zigong, China
  • Ziguinchor, Senegal
  • Zihuatanejo, Mexico
  • Zilah, WA, USA
  • Zilwaukie, MI, USA
  • Zimmerman, MN, USA
  • Zinder, Niger
  • Zion, IL and PA, USA
  • Zionsville, IN, USA
  • Zitacuaro, Mexico
  • Zixing, China
  • Zlatoust, Russia
  • Zoetermeer, Netherlands
  • Zolfo Springs, FL, USA
  • Zumbrota, MN, USA
  • Zrenjanin, Serbia
  • Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, USA
  • Zunyi, China
  • Zurich, ON, Canada
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Zuwara, Libya
  • Zwickau, Germany
  • Zwolle, Netherlands
  • Zwolle, LA, USA
  • Zzyzx, CA, USA (three z’s) Thank you, Maggie!

Sources: personal knowledge, 2014 Rand McNally Road Atlas, and en.wikipedia,org

Brazzaville - Source:

Brazzaville – Source:

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12 Responses to Catching some “Z” cities

  1. I have a National Geographic Collegiate Atlas of the World dated … well, it doesn’t say in the front matter. Bad. I opened the index to “Z” to see if I could find more city names that just begin with Z. There appear to be scores. I don’t have time now for listing them and comparing them to the list already posted. Maybe later.


  2. problogic says:

    I was surprised how many there were too. If you meed a new hobby… 🙂


  3. Maggie Grabow says:

    Zzyzx, California


    • problogic says:

      Wow – there’s a new one. Where is it located?


      • Maggie Grabow says:

        Southern California, about 100 miles from Las Vegas with the closest town being Baker, CA. Fun fact (from Wikipedia): Zzyzx was approved as a place name by the United States Board on Geographic Names on June 14, 1984. As is the case with the road, Zzyzx, California, is the USBGN’s lexicographically greatest (alphabetically last, at least in Latin alphabetical order) place name. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.


  4. I’m looking at a map I’ve had for years, a California Desert Recreation map from Rand McNally. There’s a Zzyzx Road a bit southwest of Baker, along I15. This is in San Bernardino County. I’ve been by there many times when I lived in L.A. My maps – the AAA maps which do show the old railroad sidings marked, partly because they’re good camping site on BLM land – doesn’t even show a siding there, let alone a town. Wikipedia says what had been a town, also known by other names, is now the site of the Desert Studies Center. I was never there – don’t even know when it was founded. This is some distance down Zzyzx Road, not at the intersection.


  5. Geographer says:

    Zamora, Spain
    Lanzarote, Spain
    Ibiza, Spain
    Badajoz, Spain
    Zarautz, Spain (2 z’s)
    Iznalloz, Spain (2 z’s)
    Olivenza, Spain
    Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
    Aranjuez, Spain
    Baza, Spain
    Zahara de los Atunes, Spain
    Sigüenza, Spain
    Vélez, Spain
    Trévelez, Spain
    Tarazona, Spain
    Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
    Puente del Arzobispo, Spain
    Orgaz, Spain
    Mazarrón, Spain
    Medina Azahara, Spain
    Mogarraz, Spain
    Illanoz, Spain
    Castrojeriz, Spain
    Baeza, Spain
    Manzanares, Spain
    A Cañiza, Spain
    Betanzos, Spain
    Azpeitia, Spain
    Legazpi, Spain
    Idiazabal, Spain
    Leitza, Spain
    Arbizu, Spain
    Irurtzun, Spain
    Aoiz, Spain
    Zumaia, Spain
    Elizondo, Spain
    Doneztebe, Spain
    Berriozar, Spain
    Zestoa, Spain
    Ademuz, Spain
    Manzanera, Spain
    Alzira, Spain
    Cieza, Spain
    Cuevzas del Almanzora, Spain
    Albánchez, Spain
    Pozo Alcón, Spain
    Ciempozuelos, Spain
    Zújar, Spain
    La Zubia, Spain
    Vélez de Benaudalla, Spain
    Alozaina, Spain
    Grazalema, Spain
    Alcalá de los Gazules, Spain
    Fernán-Núñez, Spain
    Zahora, Spain
    Calzada de Calatrava, Spain
    Zorita, Spain
    Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain
    Las Rozas, Spain
    Azuqueca de Henares, Spain
    Manzanares el Real, Spain
    Lozoyuela, Spain
    Buitrago de Lozoya, Spain
    Alaraz, Spain
    Daganzo de Arriba, Spain
    Atienza, Spain
    Riaza, Spain
    Calatañazor, Spain
    San Esteban de Gormaz, Spain


  6. m. rıfat akbulut says:

    An amusing way to look at urban geography 🙂 There are a lot in Turkey. A list to choose. according populationsürkiye%27deki_yerleşim_yerleri_listesi
    Good luck


  7. I started listing “Z” names from the aforementioned Atlas. Here are some:
    Yuzawa, Japan
    Zab, Poland
    Zabalats, Belarus
    Zabalj, Serbia-Montenegro
    Zabarj, ”
    Zabaykal’sk, Russia
    Zaberezh, Belarus
    Zabid, Yemen
    Zablace, Serbia-Montenegro
    Zabok, Croatia
    Zabol, Iran
    Zabolottsi, Ukraine
    Zabolottya, Ukraine
    Zabre, Burkina-Faso
    Zabrezje, Serbia-Montenegro
    Zabu, Egypt
    Zaburun’e, Kazakhstan
    Zacapa, Guatemala
    Zacapu, Mexico
    Zacatepec, Mexico
    Zadar, Croatia
    Zadawa, Nigeria
    Zadonsk, Russia
    Za’farana, Egypt
    Zafarobod, Uzbekistan
    Zafirovo, Bulgaria
    Zafra, Spain


  8. problogic says:

    Im gonna need a larger blog.


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