There are lots of oak towns in the USA. The oak, however, is not the most popular tree in the USA. Research shows that the most popular tree in the United States is the red maple. The sugar maple ranks #6, just under the Quaking Aspen. How did that happen? There are only about 16 Aspens in the entire world.
There are 8 aspens in Sweden alone. More about that coming up. The sweetgum is the 3rd most popular tree here. Ruth was shocked when I told her that because she hates to sweep up sweetgum balls. Two of the most popular trees on the list are firs, and 2 are pines. There is only one oak in the top 10 because the white oak is a very common tree here. However, there are about 600 kinds of oak trees around the world.
There are only 12 towns with maple in their names, and 11 of them are in the United States. There are towns that include the word maple in several states. The Maple in Canada’s Ontario is very small. There are Maples in Wisconsin, South Carolina , Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arkansas. Four of the towns with “maple” in their names are unincorporated. Most of the towns using the word maple are followed by another word. For example, the Maple in Wisconsin is Maple Bluff, a town with more than 1,000 people living in it. It’s on Lake Mendota in the Madison area and is not too far from the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired building called Monona Terrace that straddles 2 huge lakes. Maple Heights is a suburb of Cleveland in Ohio and is a city of more than 23,000 people.
The champion maple state, however, is Minnesota. In this state are 5 major towns with “maple” in their names, The Minnesota town names are Mapleton, Maplewood, Maple Lake, Maple Grove, and Maple Plain. Maplewood and Maple Grove are suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The largest maple town in Minnesota is Maple Grove with a population of more than 61,000 Minnesotans.
There is a Maplewood in Missouri too. I grew up near Maplewood, MO in the St. Louis area, which has a population of more than 8,000. Maplewood had at one time many fine restaurants and was a middle class ring community with a great community pool.