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Palindromic Places, Part 2

As a follow-up to my previous post about the community of Blake in Dekalb county Alabama, I thought I'd investigate a bit more the possibility of palindromic place names in the United States. Referring to data from the 2000 Census, I crunched the numbers, er... letters.

Turns out, there aren't that many palindromic places. If you do not include the state abbreviation, there are only fourteen names with the quality:

  • Ada (in Minnesota, Ohio, and Oklahoma)
  • Ama (in Louisiana)
  • Anna (in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas)
  • Ava (in Louisiana and Missouri)
  • Capac (in Michigan)
  • Eleele (in Hawaii)
  • Hannah (in North Dakota)
  • Harrah (in Oklahoma and Washington)
  • La Sal (in Utah)
  • Noxon (in Montana)
  • Oso (in Washington)
  • Oto (in Iowa)
  • Remer (in Minnesota)
  • Y (in Alaska, yes... it's a 'Census-Designated Place' called 'Y')

    All of these places are cities, towns, villages, or CDPs according to the Census data. Unfortunately, the document I have does not include relevant country names or such (so, maybe readers can send in more interesting tidbits).

    If one decides to append the associated two-letter state abbreviation to the place names, one gets only a single additional palindrome. That distinction belongs to a 'borough' in Pennsylvania named 'Apollo'.

    -- Eric

    [28 July 2009]
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    Comments about this article:
    Interesting stuff, Eric. All of this is new to me. I'm sure you know of this page already (heck, maybe you wrote the page), but Wikipedia has several international locations on their palindromic places page. Also, interestingly there is only one nationality which is palindromic, that is, a Nauruan (individual from the country of Nauru). All of this is new to me as of five minutes ago - the beauty of the Internet. -Ben

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_palindromic_places

    Posted by: Ben from ToysPeriod


    My dad grew up in Zion, Illinois. They almost had it.

    Posted by: Larry Hosken


    Glenelg in the Highlands of Scotland

    Posted by: Rab


     
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