The “Pleasantvilles” of America



A search of the internet identified 17 different variations of “pleasant” being used in the naming of a city or town in the United States. Needless to say, the use of “pleasant” as part of a place-name is meant to brand the community as a nice place to live, both as a source of pride and as a way of encouraging others to visit or move there.



If you have ever watched the movie Pleasantville, you would realize that life in the town portrayed in the film is not necessarily as amiable as it first appears on the surface. While adept screenwriting and artistic license provided added drama to the movie, even within your average “pleasant” community, there are unpleasantries that occur. Regardless, the term “pleasant” does add a sense of peacefulness, tranquility, and stability to one’s perception of the community. Here’s the list.  Any additions or corrections are most welcome. Have a pleasant day…and a better tomorrow!

  • Lake Pleasant, New York
  • Mt. (or Mount) Pleasant (8) – Iowa, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin
  • Pleasanton (3) – California, Kansas, and Texas
  • Pleasant City, Ohio
  • Pleasant Grove, Utah
  • Pleasant Hope, Missouri
  • Pleasant Hill (3) – California, Iowa, and Missouri
  • Pleasant Lake (2) – Indiana and Michigan
  • Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
  • Pleasant Ridge, Michigan
  • Pleasant Valley (2) – Missouri and New York
  • Pleasant View, Tennessee
  • Pleasant View City, Utah
  • Pleasantville (3) – Iowa, New Jersey, and New York
  • Point Pleasant (2) – New Jersey and West Virginia
  • Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
  • Seat Pleasant, Maryland

SOURCES: personal knowledge and a Google search under “pleasant cites” and “pleasant towns” on the internet

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