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Matt Rosenberg

Smallest Cities in the United States

By March 29, 2006

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Peter wrote me to ask me for a list of the smallest cities in the United States by area. I went to the County and City Data Books site and produced a list of cities by area. It turns out these are the smallest (with area in square miles) cities as of the 2000 edition of the publication...

1. West New York Town, NJ (1.00)
2. Maywood City, CA (1.20)
4. Hoboken City, NJ (1.30)
4. Union City City, NJ (1.30)
5. Central Falls, RI (1.50)
6. West Hollywood City, CA (1.90)
7. Lawndale City, CA (2.00)
9. Garfield City, NJ (2.10)
9. Long Beach City, NY (2.10)
10. Chelsea City, MA (2.20)
13. Bell City, CA (2.50)
13. Bell Gardens City, CA (2.50)
13. Fort Lee Borough, NJ (2.50)

Comments

April 5, 2006 at 7:06 pm
(1) Alan Choiniere says:

Please check the size of the City of Central Falls, Rhode Island it is about one square mile and is not on your list.

April 6, 2006 at 12:02 am
(2) geography says:

Thanks for the note! It appears that Central Falls is about 1.5 miles so deserves a place on the list! I’ve added it…

April 7, 2006 at 10:51 am
(3) Jay Berman says:

I think you’ll find Hermosa Beach, California, and Avalon, California, should be on your list, as well, at 1.3 and 1.18 square miles, respectively. We enjoy your site.

April 7, 2006 at 12:41 pm
(4) Matt Rosenberg says:

Thanks Jay! I wonder why the County/City Data Book is so non-inclusive and missed so many locales?!?

April 7, 2006 at 1:52 pm
(5) SCC says:

Can you actually count West New York, NJ and Fort Lee, NJ, as cities when legally they are not? Officially, West New York is a “town,” and Fort Lee is a “borough” under New Jersey’s five separate types of municipal government (borough, city, town, township, and village).

September 3, 2006 at 6:37 am
(6) Depherios says:

I should probably point out the city of Maywood Park, Oregon… it’s .2 square miles… and sits smack dab in the middle of Portland Oregon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maywood_Park,_Oregon

September 3, 2006 at 7:50 am
(7) Matt Rosenberg says:

Perhaps the County and City Data Book has a minimum size of one square mile for inclusion?

February 19, 2007 at 11:11 pm
(8) jill says:

i wanted to know if anyone knew the least populous town in the united states…i believe it to be ismay montana w/a population of 26 but am not sure…if anyone can find out please let me know thanks!

April 10, 2007 at 4:22 pm
(9) Ryan says:

Check out City of Darfur, MN. This is the true smallest City in the United States.

April 11, 2007 at 12:26 pm
(10) Dennis McClain-Furmanski says:

Dalworthington Gardens, Texas (population appx. 2300)is 1.9 square miles, of which .1 is water. It, and its neighbor Pantego, are completely surrounded by the city of Arlington, between Dallas and Fort Worth. Its name comes from DALlas, fort WORTH, and arlINGTON. It was started as a community for families with a commuter working in Dallas (28 miles) or Fort Worth (15 miles), but who wanted to raise animals or crops on their land. This planned community was created under the auspices of the Federal Subsistence Homestead Corporation, as part of Rooselevlt’s “New Deal”, due in part to Eleanor Rooselvelt coming to visit her married daughter who lived here. Today there are still small older homes with goats, donekys and horses in the yard, as well as some gardens that stretch the definition by thweir size, in the same neighborhood with multi-million dollar mansions. To their credit, the city government resists all attempts by newer residents to rezone it to exclude livestock and farming.

April 27, 2007 at 4:49 pm
(11) parrott says:

Parrott Ga, approx pop 150 Area is 0.78 sq miles

April 29, 2007 at 10:22 am
(12) Ben in Fargo says:

Tenney Minnesota has an area of about .05 square miles according to the US Census bureau. It was incorporated in 1901, and despite its small size it has never relinquished its official status as a city.

June 27, 2007 at 12:05 pm
(13) Moriah Park says:

How about Vergennes, Vermont? total area of 6.5 km˛ (2.5 mi˛ and the oldest incorporated city in Vermont and one of the oldest in the country.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vergennes,_Vermont

Thanks!

July 27, 2007 at 2:42 am
(14) chris says:

jill

the smallest city that i know of is athelstan iowa it has the Population of 18

July 27, 2007 at 3:02 am
(15) chris says:

Well im wrong

jill,

the smallest city in the us is has the population of 5 and the name is Maza North Dakota

September 7, 2007 at 3:32 pm
(16) Keri says:

Hey i live in a town that is less than 1.00 square mile. Its called Guttenberg and it shares a zipcode with West New York.

West New York iitself is large

November 12, 2007 at 2:34 pm
(17) Dotty says:

I am moving to Adams, North Dakota and that is approximately 1 square mile.

November 18, 2007 at 2:40 pm
(18) Richard McIntosh says:

Check Aldrich, Minnesota it has approximately 1/2 a square mile and a population of a 53.

December 3, 2007 at 1:19 pm
(19) Dave Deaton says:

Hawaiian Gardens in Southern California is .96 square miles, thus making it the smallest city by area in Los Angeles County (www.city-data.com/city/Hawaiian-Gardens-California.html). It is also home to one of the very best Catholic Churches in Southern California, St. Peter Chanel (www.spcomv.com).

December 27, 2007 at 1:00 am
(20) LARRY says:

CHELSEA, MASS. IS 1.8 SQ. MILES NOT 2.2

January 19, 2008 at 11:22 pm
(21) Mike says:

Farmingdale, New Jersey (in Monmouth County) is 0.5 square miles!

February 15, 2008 at 12:06 pm
(22) nativeofiowa says:

I grew up in the northwest Iowa area and there are MANY more little towns to add to this list. Here are two…
Ringsted 1.08 square miles
Fenton 0.35 square miles

April 9, 2008 at 11:09 am
(23) kevin says:

i think the city of beverly,n.j. should be on the list.i think it is under 1 square mile

April 9, 2008 at 5:08 pm
(24) Dave says:

What is a city, C5 classification?

May 20, 2008 at 3:15 pm
(25) Tom says:

sherrill ny is the smallest city in ny
i heard it was second in u.s.
i think it is 2 miles by 2 miles

May 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm
(26) Kevin says:

The city of Pleasant Ridge, MI is .6 square miles. It is located between Ferndale and Royal Oak in Oakland County, just north of Detroit. The city boasts that it is the smallest incorporated city in the United States. The square miles are based upon information from Wikipedia. However, I do not even know if it is that big. In trying to think about the city itself, it is less than a half a mile long and probably about a half a mile wide.

May 26, 2008 at 12:30 am
(27) Dave says:

Colfax, California is 1.10 square miles.

July 26, 2008 at 12:16 pm
(28) merc0390 says:

slapout oklahoma is the smallest city I know about. It is in the panhandle and it is a gas station on one side of the highway and a hotel on the other with a few trailer houses and it is about 1/2 mile long on the highway. probably 1/4 square miles of land area. check it out.

August 16, 2008 at 2:57 am
(29) JULIE, Inc says:

Valley City, Illinois

It is .2miles and has a population of 14people.

September 8, 2008 at 4:14 am
(30) Tred says:

Climax Springs, Missouri is 0.3 square miles, and Cumming, Georgia is 5.9.

October 13, 2008 at 6:38 pm
(31) Explorer says:

Hometown, IL is less than half a square mile and has near 5,000 people to it. It is not only one of the smallest cities in the United States but also one of the most densely populated.

November 3, 2008 at 9:44 pm
(32) Gil says:

Puru in Kansas where Obama grandmother is 0.4 square mile and I dont see in the list

November 30, 2008 at 11:47 pm
(33) Jimmy C says:

What about Cudahy and Hawaiian Gardens, both in Los Angeles County????

December 4, 2008 at 8:27 pm
(34) Karen S. says:

There’s also a city in MN called La Salle, which is .1 square miles…

December 7, 2008 at 10:34 pm
(35) Jeff Newcomb says:

Pamplin City, VA is .3 miles.

December 20, 2008 at 11:24 pm
(36) Stephen says:

Actually the smallest city is in Parker Pa.
There are signs up all around the city, so it has been proven to be the smallest

January 2, 2009 at 10:48 pm
(37) rolandbrunault says:

east newark, n.j. is .2 sq miles.

January 5, 2009 at 5:39 am
(38) Jameson says:

According to Wikipedia (I know, I know), Donnybrook, North Dakota has an area of .7 miles.

January 5, 2009 at 11:13 pm
(39) Juan says:

You forget Del Rey california
its a very tiny town you need to visit it

January 9, 2009 at 9:48 am
(40) Carrie says:

Mechanicville, New York should be on that list. It is total .9 square miles ~ .8 being land .1 being water

January 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm
(41) Win Barber says:

Check out HAMTRAMCK, Michigan. It’s a tiny enclave, surrounded by the city of Detroit, but independent of it.

January 24, 2009 at 5:58 pm
(42) Rich says:

To add to the interesting small towns that are being added here, I’d include Teterboro, NJ, which is 1.1 sq. mi., almost all of it is comprised of Teterboro Airport (which is 827 acres in size).

You may have heard the name Teterboro recently as that was the airport that was briefly considered by US Airways Flight 1549 as a possible landing place before pilot Chelsy Sullenberger successfully ditched the plane in the Hudson River.

While the 2000 census listed the population as 18 making it the smallest town in New Jersey, except that the census takers neglected to count people living in 12 new apartments that had been built in 1999 which caused the population to swell to 3 times that number. Forgotten in the census was the mayor and four councilman who lived in those apartments.

Still, when you remove the airport from the picture, Teterboro is a tiny, tiny town.

February 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm
(43) Paul says:

Mechanicville, NY 12118. Look it up. It is the smallest city in the United states. It is 0.9 miles in complete space. 0.9 is smaller than 1.0…

February 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm
(44) Paul says:

Towns should not be included, just cities. Cause if you are going by just cities, then Mechanicivlle is the smalles city in the united states and possibly the world. It is 0.9 miles and 0.1 is water.

February 22, 2009 at 3:49 pm
(45) Jennifer says:

You should check some cities from Upstate and Central NY there is some very small cities there

April 6, 2009 at 1:30 pm
(46) JPM says:

I’d like for you to look into Augusta Ks, Gordon Kansas, and Rock Kansas. thanks =D

April 20, 2009 at 8:41 am
(47) Rick says:

city of parker p.a. a true city 945 people at one time in the oil boom had 18000 . and still has its city charter and it is the smallest city in the u.s

April 24, 2009 at 5:54 pm
(48) someone says:

please cheack Bridge City,Texas it is very small

May 2, 2009 at 12:35 am
(49) Joseph says:

Check out Best Arkansas I think it has a population of 3 or 4. As well as clifty Arkansas not sure of the mileage sizes but both are very small.

May 4, 2009 at 5:04 pm
(50) Peter says:

It appears that some of the cities in your list might be towns, the distinction being its form of government. I teach in the aforementioned city of Vergennes, VT, pop.3000 (by charter and government a city). I’d like to inform the kids that while we’re the smallest city in a small state, this is where we stand in the nation.

August 26, 2009 at 7:50 pm
(51) Brenna Carlson says:

Please check Clayton, ID. It is not on your list and I think that maybe it should be.

October 6, 2009 at 8:20 pm
(52) brittany says:

you need to make finding facts much easier.i went on here and typed north dakotas smallest cities and all it said was north dakota has a lot of small cities…i know that i just want to know what those small cities are!!! no disrepect but this company and this website needs help!!!!!!

October 26, 2009 at 6:36 pm
(53) bill says:

i thought sherrill ny was the smallest city in the usa

November 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm
(54) Justin says:

Winooski vt should be on that list somewhere with a size of 1.5 sq mi and a population of 6500+ ^-^

November 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm
(55) Jessica says:

Wellington, MO 1.1 sq. miles and Mayview MO is only 0.2 Sq. miles….

December 21, 2009 at 11:16 pm
(56) bndoarn says:

i think the site you got your information from is all jacked up because Callahan FL is 1.3 mi˛ and it’s not on the list

January 28, 2010 at 11:46 pm
(57) Kamarie Shelley says:

I think you need to check Hi-Nella, New jersey…

January 31, 2010 at 11:54 am
(58) Edward Sisk says:

Vergennes, Vermont also has an area of 2.5 square miles.

March 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm
(59) Dave says:

Wevki Wachee, Florida is 1 sq. mile population 12

March 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm
(60) Jawnzap7 says:

Beverly City, New Jersey is the smallest city in the United States (0.8 miles)….consequently my hometown. Google me. Lol.

March 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(61) Sarah says:

I think you need to check Cedar Springs, MI. My hometown is only about 1.9 square miles, 1.8 of that is land and .04 is of water.

April 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm
(62) Lakeline says:

LakEline, oHIO .1 Square miles trully the smallest

May 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm
(63) Robert William Evans says:

What about the smallest cities by population. I’ve got a good one. How about Keene, NH. There’s only about 21000 people living in this city.

May 31, 2010 at 8:47 pm
(64) KS says:

belle plaine, KS it’s a city, not a town or village, and it’s .8 square miles

June 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm
(65) Stephanie G says:

You should check out Alma Center, Wisconsin…Its very very small!! Or Comfort, Texas!

July 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm
(66) Bill says:

My God look what you started LOL. Just kidding! Very Interesting, Thanks for the info!

July 18, 2010 at 7:27 am
(67) charlie says:

the city of brice ohio is less than 1 sq mile with less than 100 people

July 28, 2010 at 12:46 am
(68) 2n2 says:

Can you check the size of Ivanhoe, VA?

August 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm
(69) Lorra says:

Covina, California…less then 1 mile!

August 24, 2010 at 1:28 am
(70) Andrew says:

You could add the City of Southside Place in Texas. Completely surrounded by Houston but idependent of it. 0.2 square miles.

August 31, 2010 at 6:23 pm
(71) haley says:

i think taos,NewMexico is the smallest town do u

November 23, 2010 at 1:01 am
(72) smith says:

Check out Tobin CA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobin,_California

Population….. 11

December 26, 2010 at 5:04 pm
(73) randall says:

Omer Michigan is only 1.2 sq mi

December 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm
(74) robert says:

I live in Parker PA . It is known to be the smallest city in the usa!!

February 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm
(75) steve says:

the town of winooski, vt is roughly 1.5 square miles and should be included on your list

March 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm
(76) James says:

Alamo Heights, TX should be on your list at 1.8 sq mi, thanks!

April 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm
(77) luigi says:

travistock new jersey is a municipality of .6 square miles with a population of 5

May 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm
(78) Robby says:

Randolph, maine. Little bit south of Agusta(the capitol). It is listed at about 2.1 square miles. Everyone seems to forget about us up here. How would you feel if we just stopped making your popsicle sticks!? Huh! Lol. Anyways..

June 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm
(79) Tabitha Wilson says:

City of Rose City, Michigan 1.08 sq miles population 653

June 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm
(80) josh18 says:

Rosman NC. Smallest population in North Carolina.

July 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm
(81) Philippe says:

Mechanicville, NY is a city at .9 sq miles. That’s less than the smallest one on that list.

September 30, 2011 at 1:46 am
(82) Abbie says:

The city of Winooski, Vermont also belongs on this list at 1.5 square miles.

November 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm
(83) Some Guy says:
February 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm
(84) M says:

Actually Guttenberg, NJ has the the smallest area with 0.196 square miles of land.

But going by population, it has over 10,000 residents. So it depends on how one is measuring size.

February 7, 2012 at 3:21 am
(85) dsfasdf says:

central falls, rhode island

February 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm
(86) O Hester says:

Asbury Park NJ-1.6 Square miles. Asbury Park is a true city, not a borough or town. Also the 17,000 year round residents make its demographics more city-like than many of the town which are incorporated as cities or just use the word city in their names.

February 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm
(87) aaron says:

Check out Guttenberg NJ. It’s 1/5 of a square mile, and has about 11,176 people. It is the most densely populated incorporated place in the country.

March 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm
(88) VIC says:

WAR WEST VIRGINIA
.9 SQUARE MI.
IT’S THE ONLY CITY WITH
THAT NAME

March 31, 2012 at 12:10 am
(89) nk18 says:

Blackwolf or Frederick KS
Blackwolf population is 3 or less
Frederick is 15 or less

April 13, 2012 at 12:21 am
(90) Mike says:

I believe that the smallest fully incorporated city in the US is Hilltop, Minnesota with a land area of 0.1 sq. mi.

April 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm
(91) Evan Hardy says:

hapeville, georgia. 2.2 sq. mile..its not on the list

June 21, 2012 at 1:24 am
(92) bob n says:

The City of Hawaiian Gardens, CA is located in Los Angeles County and covers 9/10th of a square mile. It is an incorporated City and has a population of approximately 15,000.

June 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm
(93) jw says:

I think alot of you are confusing your municipalities. Although many of locations you have mentioned are municipalities, they are not cities. The original question is about the smallest city, not the smallest incorporated municipality. This means if it is not a city..it doesnt count. Towns, townships, boroughs, hamlets, villages, etc. All do not count.

July 2, 2012 at 11:43 am
(94) George says:

Jamesburg, new jersey is .883 sq.mi.

August 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm
(95) Jessica says:

There must be at least one city in Michigan that should be on this list.

August 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm
(96) Iowaguy says:

Deaconsville Iowa is only .74 square miles

September 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm
(97) Alyson says:

Don’t forget about Tonasket, WA. It has a square area of 0.6 sq miles

September 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm
(98) pat says:

Central Falls, Rhode Island which is only 1.29 square mile, is also very populated with approximately 20,000 people living here. Amazing!!

November 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm
(99) josiah says:

there is also Mechanicville New York its about 1 square mile

November 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm
(100) Mack says:

Royal Oak Charter Township of Michigan is 0.55 sq mi has 2419 residents as of late 2012.

November 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm
(101) Michael jenkins sr says:

City of roosevelt park michigan is 1square mile and has its own police department

November 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm
(102) Michael jenkins sr says:

Roosevelt park mi. 1 sq. Mile and it has its own police force its in muskegon county mi

February 27, 2013 at 11:28 pm
(103) TJ says:

Remerton, Georgia is only .21 square miles.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Remerton-Georgia.html

March 2, 2013 at 11:21 pm
(104) Dave says:

Payne Georgia, to be dissolved this year, is the size of a dot.

April 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm
(105) dgehrh says:

its monowi ne. it has 1 population

April 13, 2013 at 1:27 am
(106) Natasha says:

Wonderful site you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics talked about here?
I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get comments from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Many thanks!

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