The 23 Parises of America
You might not have realized it was that many (I'd really only heard a lot of jokes about Paris, Texas), but there are twenty three cities and towns in the United States named after Paris.
This hub will be a quick guide of all of them, just in case you get bitten by the Paris bug but don't want to go international.
(The population and related statistics come from the 2000 Census.)
New Paris, Indiana
With a population of 1,001, the main attraction is Sunnyside Park, which won the title of America's Most Beautiful Park from the National Library for the Blind. It features a state-of-the-art playground and a duck pond.
New Paris, Ohio
Technically a village, the population is 1,623. It sits quite close to the border of Indiana. The coolest thing about it is that Benjamin Hanby wrote "Up On The Housetop" (a Christmas carol) here.
New Paris, Pennsylvania
This borough is home to only 214 people. One road here offers a phenomenon called "gravity hill" where cars and water appear to roll uphill against gravity. It is actually an optical illusion of the surrounding scenery.
Plain Old "Paris"
The site of the last public hanging in Arkansas, Paris has a population of 3,707. The man hung had been convicted of murdering his girlfriend, and this was before the first electric chair in Little Rock.
Paris, Dakota Territory
2,006 people live here in what is now called Beresford in South Dakota. The name was changed when the city incorporated in 1884 and named after Lord Charles Beresford.
Surrounded by ranching land, this Paris is home to just 576 people. It was founded by Mormon pioneers who built a church that seats over 2,000 people, which is almost four times the total population of the town.
Home to "Alfalfa" of the Little Rascals, Paris now has 9,077 residents. In the 1950s a minor league baseball team was based here called the Paris Lakers.
The world's tallest three-story structure, according to Ripley's Believe It or Not, was built here and still stands. 9,183 people live in this city, whose tourism motto is, "Horses, history, and hospitality."
There is some confusion about the name of this town of 4,793. South Paris is a census designated place within Paris, and because of this the town itself is often referred to as "South Paris." This is with the exception of Paris Hill, which is the historic district.
It is only an unincorporated community within the larger township of Green Charter, which has a population of 3,209. The village is thought to be "fathered" by John Parish in 1965, who named it after himself. Over time, it changed from "Parish" to "Paris."
A whopping 1,529 people (603 households) and a bicentennial tree live on just 1.2 miles of land that are this Paris.
Paris, New York
This Paris is divided into six different communities and hamlets, with the total population at 4,609. It was not named after the French city but after a benefactor, Colonel Isaac Paris.
Paris, Ohio and Paris, Pennsylvania
Too small to even have a census, these Parises are technically communities. Though unincorporated, they do have a post office (for each) and their own zip codes.
A park in this city is home to a sixty-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower. About 10,000 people call their hometown the home of the World's Biggest Fish Fry.
The "Second Largest Paris in the World," 25,898 people call this Paris home. It, too, has a small replica of the Eiffel Tower, though the current one standing is the second one that was built in the city; the first was wooden and destroyed in a tornado (this Paris is right in Tornado Alley).
Right in the middle of Virginia's hunt country, this Paris only has a population of 49. There is one church here, and the Appalachian Trail passes nearby.
There are two Parises in the state of Wisconsin. One, in Grant County, has 754 people. The other is in Kenosha County and occupies much more space but still only has 1,473 people.
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Paris Township, Michigan
Not to be confused with Paris, Michigan, Paris Township is a civil township with a population of 557. The unincorporated community within Paris Township is called Parisville, which has been a Polish American settlement since 1848, making it one of the oldest in the States.
South Paris, Maine
This is the census-designated place whose name is popularly applied to the whole town of Paris, Maine. 2,237 people call South Paris home.
St. Paris, Ohio
Originally called "New Paris," the founder (David Huffman) renamed the village after learning there was another place in Ohio called "New Paris." While there is an actual Saint Paris, it is unclear whether Huffman meant the town name as a reference to him or not.
West Paris, Maine
Of the 1,722 people living in this town, 98.78% are white. 16.4% of the population here is living below the poverty line.
Marie Lucien on September 21, 2017:
The first one I heard about is Paris, GA. I was excited because it is close to Florida, where I live. I want to take my daughter, who is a Paris/Eiffel tower fan to "Paris". It is nice knowing there is more than one. Maybe we will work our way around the USA Parises and then to the vraie Paris!
Thank you for the article!
Jan Woods from Birmingham on September 09, 2017:
Favour Justina. on November 27, 2016:
Thanks for the information: really, i never knew there is even a city call Paris in America. I had a dream last night , and i was in Paris with my family. So i was suprised when i woke up and i decided to browse to see if that could be true, and here it been proved. thank you.
Dennis Thorgesen from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S. on January 14, 2016:
It is fantastic when a person can do a Google search and find a hub 7 years old with the information for which they were searching. It is my hope that you haven't stopped writing.
Reggie on August 14, 2015:
You didn't mention Paris Mississippi.
kylie cruz on March 02, 2014:
Google is my lest favorite thing to look stuff up on i have to do a state report in 2 days and Google has not helped me at all
Leland Joned on June 02, 2011:
We natives of Paris, Tennessee call ourselves Parisians and those that relocate here Parasites...but lovingly. Yes, Hank Jr. (Parasite) lives here and Cherry Jones (Parisian) is from here and visits often.
PoloWorld on December 26, 2010:
Fabulous research! I have been to all and Paris, Virginia is a fabulous trip indeed and is celebrating its bicentenial December 2010. Paris has one of the Washington, DC area's best B&B's that has been in operation (as a tavern) since the 1700's. Also, George Washington surveyed Paris, VA and Stonewall Jackson and Mosby's Rangers spent much time together with Lafayette in the small village of Paris that is unchanged from the 1800's. Rich in history, a worthy trip indeed and now a wine trail leads you to this adorable village and you are greeted by a turn of the century massive old bank barn with a red roof and silo together with a working farm and acres of crops. Frozen in time, the farm operators offer classes on 18th century soap and candle making as well as herbology and organic farming classes and all the proceeds benefit the livestock rescue. Great folks and a worthy cause. Check them out: Liberty Hall Livestock Rescue @ Boneta Reserve. Viva la Paris!
Moises Estrada on December 01, 2010:
Great Job in researching the cities by the name of Paris in the USA, however you only listed 22 and your title says 23. Missing one: Paris, California
coldsnack64 on July 12, 2010:
Paris, Tennessee's population is 10,000 not 2,000. Also is the home of Hank Williams Jr.
helenathegreat (author) from Manhattan on June 07, 2010:
Wow, thanks for the inside information, John! Very interesting.
John on June 06, 2010:
We who live in Paris, Michigan call ourselves Parisites. Only Paris France have Parisians. :-)
Karen Forney on May 30, 2010:
Now that my husband and I are retired. We plan on going to all the Paris's in the United States and someday will go to Paris, France. Thank you for the information. Just what I was looking for.
Sara Watson on March 30, 2010:
I'm from Paris, Missouri. Its unfortunate that the person from the Lake of the Ozarks has never heard of my town. Its a great small community to live in!
Lake of the Ozarks Vacation Rentals on January 14, 2010:
Paris, Missouri. I am from Missouri and didn't even know Paris, Missouri existed. Very interesting hub. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri is a great vacation destination.
junieB on December 12, 2009:
what do you mean, "I've heard a lot of jokes about Paris, Texas"? What's to joke about?I never heard any, I've been here my whole life.You just made that up,didn't you?
sherrylou57 from Riverside on November 24, 2009:
Nice hub you did a lot of research!!
Whitney from Georgia on March 01, 2008:
I bet. It looks like you did a lot of research for this one. I applaud that. I would have given up. Ha.
helenathegreat (author) from Manhattan on March 01, 2008:
Marlo -- I didn't realize it either until I started researching! Thanks for reading.
Whitney -- Thanks! It was kind of torturous to write; I was quite sick of the word "Paris" when I was done... :)
Whitney from Georgia on March 01, 2008:
I thought about doing something like this when I saw Paris, Las Vegas, but then I realized it was referring to a hotel. So I didn't think about it any further. Good hub!
MarloByDesign from United States on March 01, 2008:
What a cool idea to write a hub about !! I did not realize so many cities had Paris in the name.