The following list identifies those communities from each state that have the smallest population while also including the term “city” in their name. They are listed below from smallest to largest. The population data is based on the most recent census or population estimate and includes villages, hamlets, towns, smaller cities, populated places, unincorporated communities, and Census-designated places. Ghost towns are not included, though some of the places listed below are very close to becoming a ghost town.
Couple of items of note from the list – the most commonly named small city from these 43 is a tie between Garden City (2) and Junction City (2). In fact, while preparing this list it was quite fascinating to see how many smaller Junction City’s there are even if they were not quite the smallest “city” named place in the state.
The states of AK, CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT have no examples. It was surprising to not find a single populated place with the term “city” in its name from seven (7) different states. And as is evident down below, South Carolina had few examples too.
Here’s the complete list. Any additions and/or corrections are most welcome. It will be interesting to see how the list changes after the 2020 Census is finalized. Enjoy!
- Silver City, Oklahoma = 6 (2010 Census)
- Whites City, New Mexico = 7 (2010 Census)
- Valley City, Illinois = 13 (2019 estimate)
- Tate City, Georgia = 16 (2010 Census)
- Junction City, Washington = 18 (2010 Census)
- Prairie City, South Dakota = 23 (2010 Census)
- Phelps City, Missouri = 24 (2010 Census)
- Atomic City, Idaho & Corral City, Texas = 27 each (2019 estimate/2010 Census)
- Canton City, North Dakota = 35 (2018 estimate)
- Atlantic City, Wyoming = 37 (2010 Census)
- Holiday City, Ohio = 47 (2019 estimate)
- Sun City, Kansas= 52 (2016 estimates)
- Steele City, Nebraska = 58 (2017 estimate)
- Shannon City, Iowa = 70 (2016 estimate)
- Cooke City, Montana = 75 (2010 Census)
- Nessen City, Michigan = 97 (2010 Census)
- Tunnel City, Wisconsin = 106 (2010 Census)
- Bluff City, Arkansas = 116 (2019 estimate)
- Burns City, Indiana = 117 (2010 Census)
- Jamison City, Pennsylvania = 134 (2010 Census)
- Dickerson City, Florida = 146 (2010 Census)
- Mono City, California = 172 (2010 Census)
- Pamplin City, Virginia = 223 (2018 estimate)
- Bryce Canyon City, Utah = 224 (2018 estimate)
- Morgan City, Mississippi = 240 (2017 estimate)
- Sugar City, Colorado = 253 (2019 estimate)
- Garden City, Minnesota = 255 (2010 Census)
- Cumberland City, Tennessee = 308 (2018 estimate)
- Cove City, North Carolina = 391 (2018 estimate)
- Corbin City, New Jersey = 491 (2019 estimate)
- Garden City, Alabama = 501 (2019 estimate)
- Junction City, Louisiana = 555 (2018 estimate)
- Park City, Kentucky = 558 (2018 estimate)
- Hartford City, West Virginia = 599 (2018 estimate)
- Johnson City, Oregon = 615 (2018 estimate)
- Chesapeake City, Maryland = 693 (2018 estimate)
- Rock City Falls, New York = 763 (2010 Census)
- Virginia City, Nevada = 855 (2010 Census)
- Rainbow City, Arizona = 968 (2010 Census)
- Delaware City, Delaware = 1,837 (2019 estimate)
- Lanai City, Hawaii = 3,102 (2010 Census)
- Lake City, South Carolina = 6,675 (2010 Census) – Apparently, there weren’t any small towns in SC with big ambitions.
en.wikipedia.org for each state and the communities within them by looking under cities, towns, villages, hamlets, municipalities, unincorporated places, and CDPs.