At The Daily Meal, we know a thing or two about our country’s 50 states. We’ve previously rounded up the Strangest Fact About Every State, the Weirdest Law in Every State, and the Prettiest Town in Every State. Which left us wondering: What about the little guys? So we set out on a quest to discover the Smallest Town in Every State, and was it ever enlightening.
We sifted through data from the 2010 U.S. Census (the most recent national census completed) and found the tiniest towns, villages, boroughs, and CDPs (census designated places) in each state.
You may need a magnifying glass to spot some of these places, but each one offers a unique (and sometimes peculiar) view into our country’s past. Some of these little towns flourished during the gold rush and coal mining heydays, with wild, romantic pasts. Some have been nearly decimated by natural disasters, ghosts, or the dreaded airport expansion. Each of these places has a story to tell, even if there may soon no longer be any residents left to tell it.
Enjoy this peek into truly small-town American life, as we check out the smallest town in every state.