Largest American cities with world capital names – UPDATE


Source: classiccitybrew.com

Source: classiccitybrew.com

Below is a compiled list of the largest American cities that have the same name as a current world capital, along with each city’s 2010 population. Any additions and/or corrections are welcome. I did not include small towns, township, hamlets, or villages.

Athens and Paris are the most common world capital names with four cities on the list. Berlin, Georgetown, Cairo, and Ottawa are next with three cities each on the list, followed by Dublin, Lisbon, London, Rome, and Madrid with two each. Given that European immigrants primarily settled across the United States when most of these communities were founded, it is not a surprise that European capitals dominate the list. However, each populated continent is represented by at least one city – Damascus in Asia, Georgetown and Lima in South America, Monrovia in Africa, Wellington in Oceania, and Ottawa and Panama City in North America. Thank you to macrakis for the additions shown in bold.

  1. Athens, Georgia = 115,452
  2. Wellington, Florida = 56,508
  3. Georgetown, Texas = 47,400
  4. Dublin, California = 46,036
  5. Dublin, Ohio = 41,751
  6. New Berlin, Wisconsin = 39,584
  7. Lima, Ohio = 38,771
  8. Monrovia, California = 36,590
  9. Panama City, Florida = 36,484
  10. Rome, Georgia = 36,303
  11. Rome, New York = 33,725
  12. New Bern, North Carolina = 30,242
  13. Georgetown, Kentucky = 29,098
  14. New London, Connecticut = 27,620
  15. Paris, Texas = 25,171
  16. Athens, Ohio = 23,832
  17. Moscow, Idaho = 23,800
  18. Athens, Alabama = 21,897
  19. Ottawa, Illinois = 18,768
  20. Amsterdam, New York = 18,620
  21. Damascus, Maryland = 15,257
  22. Warsaw, Indiana = 13,559
  23. Athens, Tennessee = 13,458
  24. Athens, Texas = 12,710
  25. Ottawa, Kansas = 12,649
  26. Berlin, New Hampshire = 10,051
  27. London, Ohio = 9,904
  28. Cairo, Georgia = 9,607
  29. Lisbon, Maine = 9,009
  30. Paris, Illinois = 8,837
  31. Paris, Kentucky = 8,553
  32. London, Kentucky = 7,993
  33. Belgrade, Montana = 7,389
  34. New Prague, Minnesota = 7,321
  35. Cairo, New York = 6,610
  36. Berlin, Wisconsin = 5,524
  37. Paris, Maine = 5,183
  38. Delhi, New York = 5,117
  39. Ottawa Hills, Ohio = 4,517
  40. Edinburgh, Indiana = 4,480
  41. Jerusalem, New York = 4,469
  42. Georgetown, Ohio = 4,331
  43. Lisbon Falls, Maine = 4,100
  44. Berne, Indiana = 3,999
  45. New Madrid, Missouri = 3,116
  46. Cairo, Illinois -= 2,831
  47. Madrid, Iowa = 2,543

2010 population source: en.wikipedia.org

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12 Responses to Largest American cities with world capital names – UPDATE

  1. Erin Bierly says:

    Hey –

    2 of my fave places are Paris, KY and Versailles (ver-sales) KY. Population over 8k for each. That’s where we purchase our bourbon truffles. 😉

    Love your posts…enjoying your blog…always something interesting I didn’t know before. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Stavros Macrakis says:

    Interesting list. How about non-capitals like New York, Boston, etc.? Obviously you’d need to prioritize by both the size of the original and of the New World cities (Boston, UK, is not a very important place, but York, UK is, as is New York).

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  3. macrakis says:

    There’s also New Bern, NC (30,242), Amsterdam, NY (18,620) (and yes, Amsterdam, not Den Haag, is the capital of the Netherlands), Cairo, GA (9607), Belgrade, MT (7389), New Prague, MN (7321), Cairo, NY (6610), Jerusalem, NY (4469). After your 36, there are also New Madrid, MO (3116), Cairo, IL (2831), Madrid, IA (2543), ….

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  4. macrakis says:

    Some more: Delhi, OH (29,510), Delhi, MI (25,877), Delhi, NY (5117). (New Delhi, the capital of India, is located within the city of Delhi.)

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    • problogic says:

      Thank you – a couple of those are townships, tho.

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      • macrakis says:

        The distinctions among city, town, township, borough, village, hamlet, etc., vary from state to state, and have no obvious meaning even within states. In Massachusetts, for instance, we have only cities and towns, and the distinction is based on form of government, not on population or relationship to a city center: North Adams is a city with a population of 14k; Framingham is a town with a population of 68k. The Town of Watertown (its official name) has a city form of government. The town of Brookline is completely surrounded by the cities of Boston and Newton, and is urbanistically half-way between the two. And so on.

        When you look at other states, you find that Freeport, Kansas is a city with a population of 5, while the incorporated Village of Hempstead has a population of 54k, while its containing incorporated town has a population of 760k. The 5 “boroughs” of New York City each form a county; though one county normally contains multiple municipalities, here multiple counties constitute one municipality.

        So what exactly is your definition of “city”, and why is it useful?

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  5. Not sure what you are calling a “small” town. I’ll assume a population > 4000 qualifies as a “big” town. There are also several Lisbons with populations between 1,000 and 4,000….
    Some of these are cities, some are towns:
    Moscow Mills, Missouri (2509), Vienna, Georgia (4011), Vienna, NY (town, 5440), Vienna, VA (town, 15,687), Vienna, WV (10,749), Lisbon, CT (4338), Lisbon, NY (4102), Lisbon, Waukesha County, Wisconsin (9359)….

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