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Presidential Birth States and Places With Names of Presidents

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Presidential Birth States and Places With Names of Presidents

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All 46 U.S. Presidents Were Born in Just 21 States but Hundreds of Places Have Presidential Names

We inaugurated our 46th president, Joseph Biden, on Jan. 20, but there are no places in the United States named Biden — at least not yet.

As we near Presidents' Day on Feb. 15, just weeks after a presidential inauguration, we look at where our presidents were born and how many places in the United States carry their names. Places include counties, cities, towns and minor civil divisions.

George Washington, who took the oath on April 30, 1789, tops the list of presidential namesakes with at least 94 places that share his name.

George Washington, who took the oath on April 30, 1789, tops the list of presidential namesakes with at least 94 places that share his name.

Every other president, except for Dwight Eisenhower and our most recent – Biden, Donald Trump and Barack Obama — have places that share their names, too. (A ghost town named Trump in Colorado disappeared in the 1930s.)

 

 

Second on the list of places with presidential monikers is Abraham Lincoln (72), followed by Andrew Jackson (67) and Thomas Jefferson (62).

Five names show up twice because we had different presidents with the same last name: John Adams and John Quincy Adams; William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison; Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt; Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson; George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. 

Adams, Roosevelt and Bush were related but there is one more name that appears twice but belongs to one man: Cleveland, as in Grover Cleveland, who was our 22nd and 24th president. 

So, while Biden is the 46th president, he is the 45th person to be president.

Fun Facts

  • Of the 45 men who have been or are president of the United States, a third (15) came from just two states: eight from Virginia and seven from Ohio.
  • Many presidents (29) were born in states that were colonies or former colonies. While there were 13 colonies, 15 states were former colonies because Maine was then part of Massachusetts and Vermont was part of New York.
  • The top five presidents with matching county names are: Washington (31), Jefferson (26), Jackson (24), Lincoln (24) and Madison (20). Of the 3,143 counties in the United States, 298 match presidential names.
  • Only eight presidents were born west of the Mississippi. The president born farthest west? Barack Obama in Hawaii. Even though we may think of Ronald Reagan as a Californian because he served as governor of that state, he was born in Illinois. Richard Nixon, however, was born in California and is the only president from the West Coast.
 

 

Derick Moore is a senior communications specialist at the Census Bureau.

 

 

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