The Longest City Name in Every State

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Alabama
> City with the longest name: Owens Cross Roads
> Population: 2,029

Named for a family of settlers with the surname Owens, Owens Cross Roads, Alabama has a rich agricultural tradition. Like much of the South, the town’s economy was based on cotton until a boll weevil infestation hurt crops around the Great Depression. Owens Cross Roads was officially incorporated in 1967.

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Alaska
> City with the longest name: Russian Mission
> Population: 318

Russian Mission, Alaska is a small town of just a few hundred people in the southwestern part of the state. The city was named Russian Mission because it became the first fur trading post established by the Russian American Company on the Yukon River in 1837.

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Arizona
> City with the longest name: Pinetop-Lakeside
> Population: 4,330

Pinetop and Lakeside were two separate towns before merging in 1984. Now Pinetop-Lakeside boasts of its natural beauty as it sits near the White Mountains, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and Rainbow Lake.

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Arkansas
> City with the longest name: Helena-West Helena
> Population: 10,965

Helena-West Helena, Arkansas is the result of the 2006 merger of two cities on Arkansas’ eastern border along the Mississippi river. Due to Helena’s proximity to the Mississippi River, it was a major port city in the 1800s.

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California
> City with the longest name: Rancho Santa Margarita
> Population: 48,792

Rancho Santa Margarita is a city of approximately 49,000 residents located between Los Angeles and San Diego. Though it was not incorporated until Jan. 1, 2000, the area’s rich history dates back to the 18th century. Spanish explorers first met Native Americans where the city now stands in 1769.