Continuing with the recent theme of hyphenated cities and towns, the following list identified the largest hyphenated city or town in each state, Canadian province, or territory. As with previous posts on this subject, the population data pertains to the core city/town/CDP, not the metropolitan area (if there is one). Populations range from 162 people in both Two Mile and Two and One-Half Mile Village, Yukon and in Ma-Me-O Beach, Alberta to 253,531 residents in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
As can be seen, 18 of those listed are Census Designated Places (CDPs). This is important to note because over time CDPs can be added or dropped by the Census Bureau. In fact, it is unclear where Emory-Meadowview, Virginia remains a CDP or not. In addition, another 15 states, provinces, and territories have no hyphenated communities that could be found by a search of the internet.
Not included in the list are townships, counties, nor city-county amalgamations. As always, any additions, corrections, or suggestions are welcome. Enjoy!
Alabama: West End-Cobb Town CDP = 3,128 (2020)
Alaska: Knik-Fairview CDP = 19,297 (2020)
Alberta: Ma-Me-O Beach = 162 (2021)
Arizona: Dewey-Humboldt 4,326 (2020)
Arkansas: Helena-West Helena = 9,519 (2020)
British Columbia: none found
California: Arden-Arcade CDP = 94,659 (2020)
Colorado: Security-Widefield CDP = 38,639 (2020)
Connecticut: none found
Delaware: Rising Sun-Lebanon CDP = 4,104 (2020)
Florida: East Lake-Orient Park CDP = 28,050 (2020)
Georgia: Candler-McAfee CDP = 22,468 (2020)
Guam: Chalan Pago-Ordot = 7,064 (2020)
Hawaii: Waihee-Waiehu CDP = 9,234 (2020)
Idaho: none found
Illinois: Cave-In-Rock = 228 (2020)
Indiana: Leo-Cedarville = 3,634 (2020)
Iowa: Melcher-Dallas= 1,313 (2020) – added on 8/26/22 – Thank you, Dan!
Kansas: Oaklawn-Sunview = 2,880 (2020)
Kentucky: Graymoor-Devondale = 2,853 (2020)
Louisiana: none found
Maine: Dover-Foxcroft = 4,422 (2020)
Manitoba: Killarney-Turtle Mountain = 3,520 (2021) – corrected on 8/26/22
Maryland: Fountainhead-Orchard Hills CDP = 6,189 (2020)
Massachusetts: Manchester-by-the-Sea = 5,395 (2020)
Michigan: Level Park–Oak Park CDP = 3,260 (2020)
Minnesota: none found
Mississippi: Hide-A-Way Lake = 2,065 (2020)
Missouri: Bel-Ridge = 2,686 (2020)
Montana: Bonner-West Riverside CDP = 1,404 (2020)
Nebraska: none found
Nevada: Cal-Nev-Ari = 183 (2020) – Thank you, Dan! Added 8/27/22
New Brunswick: Haut-Madawaska = 3,720 (2021)
Newfoundland & Labrador: Grand Falls-Windsor = 13,853 (2021)
New Hampshire: none found
New Jersey: Holiday City-Berkeley CDP = 12,216 (2020)
New Mexico: Skyline-Ganipa CDP = 1,173 (2020)
New York: Jefferson Valley-Yorktown CDP = 14,444 (2020)
North Carolina: Winston-Salem = 253,531 (2022 est.)
North Dakota: none found
Northwest Territories: none found
Nova Scotia: none found
Nunavut: none found
Ohio: Mentor-on-the-Lake = 7,131 (2020)
Oklahoma: none found
Ontario: Whitchurch-Stouffville = 49,864 (2021)
Oregon: West Haven-Sylvan = 9,299 (2020)
Pennsylvania: Wilkes-Barre = 44,328 (2020)
Prince Edward Island: Borden-Carleton = 788 (2021)
Puerto Rico: none found
Quebec: Trois-Rivières = 139,163 (2021)
Rhode Island:Wakefield-Peacedale CDP = 8,925 (2020)
Saskatchewan: Île-à-la-Crosse =1,425 (2021)
South Carolina: Batesburg-Leesville = 5,270 (2020)
South Dakota: Manderson-White Horse Creek = 554 (2020)
Tennessee: Soddy-Daisy = 13,070 (2020)
Texas: McLendon-Chisholm = 3,455 (2020) – corrected on 8/27/22 as Lacy Lakeview officially does NOT have a hyphen in its name even though it is shown that way on certain webpages, including a map on the city’s own website.
U.S. Virgin Islands: none found
Utah: Marriott-Slaterville = 2,135 (2020)
Vermont: none found
Virginia: Emory-Meadowview = 2,338 (2007 est.)
Washington: Union Hill-Novelty Hill CDP = 23,114 (2020)
West Virginia: Mount Gay-Shamrock = 1,434 (2020)
Wisconsin: Fontana-on-Geneva Lake CDP = 3,120 (2020)
Wyoming: Fox Farm-College = 3,876 (2020)
Yukon Territory: Two Mile and Two and One-Half Mile Village = 162 (2021)
- en.wikipedia.org for cities, towns, villages, hamlets, CDPs, unincorporated places, resort communities (Canada), pueblos, municipalities, and similar jurisdictions for each state, province, and territory.
One in Iowa: Melcher-Dallas = 1,195 (2020)
An error: Both Kentucky and Manitoba have Graymoor-Devondale as their entries. The one for MB is wrong since that city is in KY.
Hmmm? Will double check.
Good catches – Thank you.
Another error: according to its wikipage, Lacy Lakeview TX does not have a hyphen, although people sometimes write it with one. I don’t know what the next largest in Texas is, but possibly Little River-Academy.
I was surprised by how many on the list are CDPs, although in retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have been. Even some of those not explicitly labeled as such are CDPs. For example, West Haven-Sylvan OR is a CDP. (The largest in OR that’s not a CDP is Milton-Freewater.) There were two or three others that Wikipedia says are also CDPs.
Anyway, I expect the reason so many CDPs are hyphenated is that they’re the creation of the Census Bureau. If the Bureau combines two adjacent neighborhoods into one CDP, they’re likely to hyphenate the names, rather than go to the trouble of coming up with a single name. That’s certainly the case with West Haven-Sylvan.
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Corrected Lacy Lakeview. Their own city webpage has a map on it showing it as Lacy-Lakeview, but the header on the page does not. Oh well.
One for Nevada: Cal-Nev-Ari (another CDP)
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