The 50 Weirdest Town Names in America

Burns Down! Bacon Level! Buttzville! (And that's just "B.")

The 50 Weirdest Town Names in America

Burns Down! Bacon Level! Buttzville! (And that's just "B.")


The United States is known as “the land of the free.” But honestly, “the land of the weirdly named” might be more accurate. Across the 50 states, more than anywhere else in the world, cities and townships have some of the strangest names you’ll find. From monikers that tell you where, exactly, you’ll be spending all of eternity (it’s not pleasant…) to locales inspired by Saint Nick, these unusual town names are sure to leave you in stitches. And when you want to tickle that funny bone again, check out the 75 Jokes That Are So Bad They’re Actually Funny.

Bacon Level Alabama

Bacon Level, AL

A triumphant name if followed by “high.” A tragic one if followed by “low.”

Deadhorse Alaska sign

Deadhorse, AK

Alaska may be beautiful, but we hear this town is always telling visitors to beat it. If you want to make your trip to Alaska way more fun, start with the 20 Ways to Make Travel Less Stressful.

Nothing sign

Nothing, AZ

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Greasy Corner Arkansas

Greasy Corner, AR

We’re guessing tourism isn’t exactly booming in this unappetizingly-named town.

salmon edamame, food synergy

Forks of Salmon, CA

We’re all about omega-3s, but this is taking things a bit far.

Nowhere sign

Nowhere, CO

The perfect town to escape to when you don’t want your mom, significant other, or boss to know where you’ve been but aren’t a good liar.

Hazardville Connecticut

Hazardville, CT

Let’s hope Insuranceville and Lawyerville are within driving distance. When you want a less perilous-sounding vacation, book a trip to one of the 20 Most Zen Places on Earth.

Blue Balls

Blue Ball, DE

Not a great town for dating, or so we hear.

Kid jumping on bed

Fluffy Landing, FL

Is anyone imagining a town-sized pillow fort? Knowing Florida, it’s probably a fort full of alligators, though.

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Ty Ty, GA

Wait until the nap hotel industry hears about this place.

Volcano, HI

Volcano, HI

We’re sure it’s beautiful, but rumor has it this town is hot as blazes.

Mall Santa and kid

Santa, ID

No offense to Idaho, but this seems like downgrade from the North Pole. If Idaho isn’t on the itinerary, try out the powder in one of these 9 Best Luxury Ski Resorts in America.

dog, dog house, celebrities not like us

Bone Gap, IL

This sounds like one of those Instagram body trends that lands teenagers in the hospital.

American Flag

Young America, IN

Babies only.


What Cheer, IA

If you’re happy and you know it, move here.

Neutral, KS

Neutral, KS

The Switzerland of Kansas. And when you want to make your trip to Neutral a little more exciting, get there on one of the 40 Roads Everyone Should Drive by Age 40.


Hell for Certain, KY

I mean, we always knew there was a chance.


Book, LA

Every librarian’s dream vacation destination.

trill is a phrase people under 40 use

Friendship, ME

There’s a place called Friendship in a state that calls itself Vacationland? And we were just about to buy that house in Hell for Certain.

broken glass

Accident, MD

Probably not a great place to live if you’re trying to cut your car insurance payments.

The Devil

Satan’s Kingdom, MA

We never imagined the underworld would be so far north.

White bird

White Pigeon, MI

Did they mean “dove”?

Embarrassed Man

Embarrass, MN

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amazon alexa questions

Money, MS

We’ve got our minds on this Mississippi town and this Mississippi town on our minds.

Cat licking mouth

Licking, MO

Lollipop and ice cream sales here are through the roof, or so we hear.

Brown bear

Bear Dance, MT

This sounds equal parts dangerous and adorable.


Funk, NE

We need it, want it, and gotta have it. And while you’re road-tripping to Funk, make sure to get a load of The Ugliest Statue in Every State.

Scott Disick

Scotty’s Junction, NV

Well, at least he got something out of his relationship with Kourtney Kardashian.

30 compliments

Happy Corner, NH

The part of the room with the bed/a town in New Hampshire.

Women in underwear

Buttzville, NJ

We like this town and we cannot lie.

Truth or Consequences New Mexico

Truth or Consequences, NM

This town got so excited about the prospect of having the radio show of the same name aired from here that the town changed its name to make it happen.


Horseheads, NY

This town’s name feels like a Godfather reference, but it actually refers to the not-any-less-creepy horse skulls found in this location.

blowing nose, cultural mistakes

Boogertown, NC

This icky name actually refers to the boogeymen legend locals would tell to keep tourists out.

Trench coat

Flasher, ND

A terrible town to wear a trench coat in.

Man showing stress at the gym

Knockemstiff, OH

This town’s name doesn’t refer to fighting but is actually thought to be a reference to the strength of the local moonshine.

Palm creases

Slapout, OK

Apparently, Slapout’s unusual name comes from the local store having low inventory, or being “slap out” of whatever customers wanted.

Zigzag, Oregon

Zigzag, OR

This Oregon town is named after a river that—you guessed it—zigzags through the land.

Beaver in grass

Big Beaver, PA

Dam, that’s an unusual name.

Dr. Dre

Little Compton, RI

Home of the famous Little NWA.

Putting out fire

Burns Down, SC

If this South Carolina town was going for something confidence-inspiring, they may have just missed the mark.

Hooker, South Dakota

Hooker, SD

We’re guessing business is booming?

angry woman

Difficult, TN

If you’re looking for the opposite of the Big Easy, we may have found it.

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Jot Em Down, TX

Yet another town named for a radio show, this town took the name of the store on Lum and Abner, which ran from 1931 to 1954.

Silver forks

American Fork, UT

A town that captured the United States’ two greatest passions: patriotism and snacks.

Sliced bread

Bread Loaf, VT

But is it gluten-free?

Woman with cast on wrist

Hurt, VA

This is what happens when you let people name towns after a breakup.

Electricity, lightbulbs, scandalous

Electric City, WA

With a population of just about 1,000, we’re guessing this Washington town isn’t the all-night rave the name makes it out to be.

Woman pinching fat

Pinch, WV

“Just a dash” and “smidge” were already taken.

Mirror ball

Disco, WI

Donna Summer’s ghost is said to roam the streets of this town, looking for someone to take her up on that last dance.

woman cozy reading in her bed stay sharp

Recluse, WY

We’re going to go ahead and guess that Recluse residents aren’t exactly the partying type. Luckily, when you want to travel somewhere a little more exciting, these 15 Best Under-the-Radar American Escapes.

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