The largest place named Warsaw is, of course, the capital of Poland. The Warsaw area has a population over 3 million, making it the 7th most populous center in the EU. The photos that accompany this article were taken by me in Poland.
Beginning in the 1870s Polish people began emigrating to the USA and settling on the Great Plains. This big influx mostly ended after World War II, but the Polish presence by that time was definitely felt.
One of my best friends as a teen was Donald Kostecki, a male of Polish descent and very proud of his heritage. His branch of the family settled in St. Louis but others flocked to larger communities in Chicago, Milwaukee, and the Twin Cities. However, the first largely Polish community in the US was in the Texas Gulf Coast area. The Poles of St. Louis built an impressive church, St. Stanislaus, which still stands.
Poles during the immigration period also settled in Canada. There were 40,000 Canadians of Polish descent documented in the 1950s. Some also settled on the Island of Jamaica and named their town Warsaw. Most of the existing Warsaws were named after the Polish capital.
There are 14 towns named Warsaw in the United States. The largest one is in Indiana. The Warsaws in Arkansas and Alabama must be very tiny. Warsaw, Georgia’s population has been dwindling since its sawmill burned down. One of the more interesting Warsaws is in North Dakota on the Great Plains. Like most of the towns named Warsaw, it was settled by Poles, and it remained mostly Polish until the middle of the 20th century. It was at one time large enough to have a huge church named St. Stanislaus, which still exists like the one in St. Louis, but most of the Poles drifted away from North Dakota leaving Warsaw historically important but now very small.
A lot of Poles like John Radzilowski have well documented the Polish settlement of America, where several communities also have the name Kosciusko. This Polish gentleman became the most famous Pole in America during the Revolutionary War when he became a Continental Army hero. One of the larger towns with his name is in Mississippi, which also has a tiny Warsaw. Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, now a town of about 7,000.