World’s Most Common Town Name

The most used name for towns and cities around the world is San Jose according to several sources. There are more than 1,700 San Joses, but most of them are very tiny and in Spanish or Portuguese speaking areas. The #2 most popular town name in the world is San Antonio, and there are almost as many of these as there are San Joses. There are so many San Antonios because many early missionaries were world travelers and doted on St. Anthony of Padua.

The largest San Jose is in the USA. San Jose, CA has more than a million people. Its most famous tourist attraction is an oddity called the Winchester Mystery House. It’s supposedly haunted and very bizarre. It’s female owner was told to keep building it and she succeeded. San Jose, CA was the first town of consequence in the colony of New California and is today considered The Capital of Silicone Valley.

The capital of Costa Rica is also named San Jose, and you would think that it’s the 2nd largest San Jose in the world, but it’s not. The San Jose in Brazil is, and it’s officially called Sao Jose dos Campos. More than half a million people live there. The Costa Rican San Jose has about 340,000 residents and ranks #3. There is not much for the tourist to do in Sao Jose, but there’s lots to do in the one in Costa Rica including a major gold museum. Almost every country in South America has a San Jose, but they are small. the 4th largest San Jose is a city in The Philippines, and the 5th largest is a town of about 85,000 in Venezuela.

There are many San Joses in the United States but not in Spain. Illinois, New Mexico, and Arizona are among the states with them; but they tend to be very small, so the 2nd largest town with this name is a suburb of Jacksonville, FL with almost 6,000 people. You would expect there to be a major city named San Jose in Spain, but this is not the case. The Spanish San Jose is a mere village of 849 souls.


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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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