US cities - shortest name?

Inspired by the US cities - three words or more? thread, what are the shortest named cities in the US?

  • Ely, NV and MN


There are a bunch of 3-letter names coming from people: Lee, Jay, Ava, etc.

The shortest I can find is Ai, Ohio (well, it’s not exactly a city).

Not really a “city” as such, but Opp, AL is worth a mention.

There’s Bly, Oregon, which is even smaller than Opp.

Jay, NY, up in the Adirondacks, is closer to Montreal than to any major city in NY. Its population was 2,506 at the 2010 census. The town is named after John Jay, first SCOTUS Chief Justice, and governor of New York in the early 1800s.

Ajo, Arizona (listed as a “community” in Wikipedia, population 2,691)

And just down the road is Why (listed in Wikipedia as a “rural community”, population 65)

I did not think to add the populations, (according to Wikipedia, 2020 census)…

Ely, NV: 3,924
Ely, MN: 3,268

…it would be interesting to see the short-named place with the largest population.

Nye, MT has population 272 (2010 census).

In Missouri, Ava (pop.2,894) and Rea (50)

The town of Lee, Massachusetts, which we have visited a few times on trips to the Berkshires, has a population of 5,788 in the 2020 census.

The borough of Yoe, Pennsylvania, population 980.

Same name in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina. Ai, ai, ai…

Rye, NY

There’s also Jay, VT.

Zap, ND

Roy, Washington

Amelia Earhart had a house in Rye NY. Her address was 37 Locust Ave, Rye NY.

And Roy, Utah too.

Bow, WA.

And Bow, NH.