How Many City Names Are Shared by South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa?
What's in a name?
Well when it comes to naming a city or town, it usually boils down to a few key areas: bodies of water, local landmarks, community founders, or historical figures/places.
Between South Dakota (311), Iowa (947), and Minnesota (853), there are 2,111 towns and cities on the map, but how many names are common to all three states?
Not as many as you might think.
An exhaustive search of Wikipedia's current list of incorporated places in the Tri-State area found just ten.
SHARED CITY CITY NAMES (population)
- Arlington (SD: 921, IA: 419, MN: 2,260)
- Aurora (SD: 1,071, IA: 169, MN: 1,667)
- Badger (SD: 130, IA: 522, MN: 426)
- Brandon (SD: 10,950, IA: 341, MN: 504)
- Buffalo (SD: 349, IA: 1,176, MN: 16,386)
- Centerville (SD: 922, IA: 5,412, MN: 3,948)
- Clear Lake (SD: 1,192, IA: 7,687, MN: 655)
- Fairfax (SD: 99, IA: 2,828, MN: 1,241)
- Montrose (SD: 454, IA: 738, MN: 3,841)
- Raymond (SD: 49, IA: 759, MN: 794)
You may notice one city that is not on the list.
Contrary to popular belief, there is not a Springfield in all 50 states. Currently, 34 states have a Springfield within their borders, including South Dakota and Minnesota.
Iowa is one of the 16 Springfield-less states in America.
Some of the other most common city names in America:
- Franklin (28)
- Clinton (27)
- Washington (27)
- Madison (27)
- Chester (26)
- Greenville (26)
- Marion (26)