Towns Named Peru

Oddly, the South American country that has the most towns named for it in the United States is the country of Peru. There are at least 15 Perus in America. Why would many people want to name their town after Peru? It can’t be that many US citizens have emigrated to the USA from South America. Why are there at least 5 towns with this name with a substantial population? The largest Peru is the one in Indiana There are more than 11,000 people living there. There are at least 2 Perus in the state of Maine, East and West Peru.

For the record there are 5 Perus with more than 1,000 people living in them in the USA. They are in Illinois, Indiana, New York, Maine, and Vermont. The Peru in New England has grown to almost 7,000 people attesting to our desire to live in smaller towns again. The others Perus are in Nebraska, Massachusetts, Iowa, Pennsylvania near State College, West Virginia, and North Carolina on the coast. The Iowa Peru has an east in front of it which would imply that the 3 other directions are represented too.

There are said to be at least 17 more Perus in the world. The strangest places you will find a town named Peru is in Iran, China, or Sweden. There are said to be 3 towns named Peru in Brazil. Why is this possible?

Peru is a growing destination for travelers. It is famous for Machu Picchu, its Inca Empire roots, and an expanding interest in its food. I have always aspired to visit its city of Cuzco.


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