Towns Named Concord

The experts say that there are 31 towns named Concord in the USA. That is probably true but most of them are very small. You can basically eliminate 14 of them right away from consideration as significant towns because they have populations of less than 1,000 people. Concord, NB, for example, has a population under 200. An exception to this is Concord Park, FL, which has a population nearing 100,000 because it’s in growing Florida. Concord, ID has become a ghost town. The Concord in California is the largest Concord in the country. It’s in the Bay Area and has a population exceeding 122,000. Basically a bedroom community, Concord has 2 amusements parks.

You would think that having such a name would imply harmony. The first Concord was the town in Massachusetts that had notoriety during the American Revolution. Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women in this Concord. There are still several Concords in New England like the one in New Hampshire that today has more than 43,000 residents, but a focus on this word now would tell you that it derives from an Algonquin native word meaning “grassy plain”.

The larger Concords are towns, neighborhoods, and suburbs in Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. As you can clearly see, there are many towns named Concord. The town in Massachusetts that began it all now has a population of 5,000 and is a serious tourist destination.

To the Concords in the United States, you might add the number of Concordias that have developed. I assume that they have come from the same roots. Missouri is unusual in that it has both a Concord and a Concordia. I have gone through Concordia many times. It’ s a hilly town on I-70 between Kansas City and St. Louis. The Concordia in Louisiana turned out to be an entire parish of 21,000 people across the Mississippi River from Natchez, MS.

Hank

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