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Subject: U.S. cities date of incorporation
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: skunk-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 26 Mar 2003 19:38 PST
Expires: 25 Apr 2003 20:38 PDT
Question ID: 181514
I am looking for the incorporation date of all U.S. cities with a
population between 10,000 and 250,000.

Request for Question Clarification by bobby_d-ga on 27 Mar 2003 00:24 PST
Hello skunk!

I am interested into doing this research for you, but I have a few

1 - Do you want cities with the said population when they were
incorporated, or as they are now?

2 - Is the year that the city was incorporated sufficient information
for the date, or do you want it more accurate (month, day??)


Clarification of Question by skunk-ga on 27 Mar 2003 09:00 PST
1 - Cities with a current population between 10,000 and 250,00 please

2 - Year of incorporation will do.

Request for Question Clarification by rainbow-ga on 29 Mar 2003 07:38 PST
Hi Skunk,
I would like to give you an update of my work so far on your question.
I will be compiling this data in an Excel file format. One Workbook
which will include a number of Worksheets containing the required
information for each state. The information I will provide will
include the population as well as the date of incorporation against
each city. Since the information I am obtaining is according to the
latest population census carried out by the US Census Bureau in the
year 2000, I will be including the towns with a population of more
than 9000 if their incorporated dates are available.
Incorporation dates for some of the cities meeting with your required
criteria are available and easily accessible on the net. However,
information for many of the towns in many states require extensive
research and some correspondence with various authorities. If you are
in a hurry to receive the information, I propose to provide you with
as much as I can complete within the next 4 to 5 days, and provide the
remaining, less easily attainable information, when I get it.
Let me know what your preference is.
Best regards,
Subject: Re: U.S. cities date of incorporation
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 10 Apr 2003 07:26 PDT
Hi Skunk,

Thank you for this very challenging question.

After an extensive and lengthy research I am confident the answer I am
posting will meet your requirement. I have produced a full and
complete list of the incorporated towns and cities in all the United
States. Compiling this list presented few problems, however, the
greatest challenge I faced was locating the date of incorporation of
each city. On the internet, there is more information referring to the
forming, founding and/or settling of cities, and even the date of
incorporation for the counties these cities are located in. However,
information concerning incorporation dates of the actual cities is
selective. You will notice that there are isolated cases where the
information regarding date of incorporation is missing. This is
because, despite exhaustive research, I have not been able to locate
the date of incorporation of those cities. I will however continue to
search for this data and will post it as and when I find it.

At the following site you will find the Excel Workbook in which I have
compiled the data you have requested. I have divided up the Workbook
into 14 Worksheets listing the states in alphabetical order. Where
available, I have included the precise date of incorporation.

You may want to download this file and save it.

Sources of Research:


U.S. Census Bureau

Joanne Wickenburg

Greatest Cities

Arizona Department of Commerce

Colorado State Archives

Connecticut State Library

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

City Connections

CyberDrive Illinois

Maryland State Archives

A Gazetteer of the State of Massachusetts


Wolfeboro Online

Oregon Blue Book

Pennsylvania State Archives

The Green Papers - Rhode Island

Tennessee Blue Book Online

City of Wonders

The Handbook of Texas Online

VA Cities, Counties and Towns

Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau

If you have any questions regarding my answer please don’t hesitate to
ask before rating it.
Best regards,

Clarification of Answer by rainbow-ga on 12 Apr 2003 09:27 PDT
Hi skunk,

Here are some more incorporated dates of cities that I have located.
You add these to the excel Workbook I gave you.

Arkadelphia – 1836
Camden – 1847
Harrison – 1876
Searcy – 1854
Siloam Springs – 1880
Van Buren – 1843

El Dorado – 1870
Liberal – 1945

Buffalo – 1887
Elk River – 1881
Fairmont – 1902
Hutchinson – 1881
North Mankato – 1922
North St. Paul – 1888
Robbinsdale – 1938
Sauk Rapids – 1881
South St. Paul – 1887
West St. Paul – 1889

Delran – 1880
Hillside – 1913
Neptune – 1879
Tinton Falls – 1950

Garner – 1883
Hope Mills – 1891

New Jersey and North Carolina are complete now.

Bixby – 1907
Claremore – 1908
Elk City – 1907

Cedar City – 1868
North Ogden – 1934
South Ogden – 1936


More Sources of Research:

Cyndi’s List

Key to the City

Bartleby – The Columbia Gazetteer of North America

I’ll continue looking for the others and will post them as I find
Best regards,

Clarification of Answer by rainbow-ga on 14 Apr 2003 07:52 PDT
Hi skunk,
More dates to add to the Excel Workbook. 

Hoover – 1967
Pelham – 1964

Cabot – 1891
Hope – 1875
Maumelle – 6/21/1985

Carmel – 1874
Fishers – 1891
Greensburg – 1859
Jasper – 1866
Plainfield – 6/25/1904

Altoona – 1887
Ankeny – 1/26/1903

Merriam – 1/18/1957

Campbellsville – 1987

Chanhassen – 1896
Rosemount – Jan-1975

Grenada – 7/4/1836

Berkeley – 1937
Lebanon – 1877
Manchester – 2/19/1951
Mexico – 1836
Overland – 1939
Raymore – 3/20/1877
St. Ann – 1948
Washington – 1841

(Missouri is now complete.)

Cornwall – 1884
New Hartford – 1870
Orchard Park – 1921
Pelham – 1896

Summerville – 1847

I emailed the Chambers of Commerce for each of these cities and towns
to get the Incorporation dates. I’ll post more when I get them.

Best regards,

Clarification of Answer by rainbow-ga on 16 Apr 2003 14:26 PDT
Hi skunk,

The following are more Dates of Incorporation of towns and cities from
various Chambers of Commerce.

Madison – Nov-1869

Bentonville – 1873

Clarksville – 1783
Lawrence – 1/1/1960

Clinton – 2/12/1830

Bethlehem – 1793
Clarence – 3/11/1808
Clay – 1827
Clifton Park – 3/3/1828
Farmington – 1788
Fishkill – 1788
Guilderland – 4/5/1803
Kirkland – 4/12/1843
New Windsor – Apr-1763
Suffern – 1896
Ulster – 11/28/1879
West Haverstraw – 1883
Westbury – 1932
Whitestown – 3/7/1788
Southold – Not Incorporated (see below)

According to the Supervisor of the Town of Southold, New York, the
town was never incorporated:
“Southold Town is not incorporated but was settled/founded in 1640.
You may contact our Town Historian if you need more information.”

Owasso – 9/28/1972

Coolbaugh Township – 1794
Hermitage – 1/1/1984
Municipality of Murrysville – 1820
South Middleton Township – 1810
South Park Township – 1966
Upper Allen Township – 1967

Cayce – 9/7/1914

Angleton – 1912
Dumas – 1930

I’ll give you more dates as soon as I receive them.
If you’d like, since I am entering the missing data in the Workbook,
when the list is complete, I will upload the Excel Workbook again for
you to download the finished copy.
Best regards,
Subject: Re: U.S. cities date of incorporation
From: surajambar-ga on 27 Mar 2003 00:28 PST
Whew!  This will be quite a bit of research for the researcher who
chooses to take it on.   I did for a while, but then I realized that
there are 400 incorporated places in California alone which fit the
population criteria, so therefore thousands nationwide.  And to look
up the incorporation date for all of them... Good luck :)
Subject: Re: U.S. cities date of incorporation
From: skunk-ga on 10 Apr 2003 12:48 PDT
Thank you very much!  Your Excel Workbook looks great, very clean and
easy to read.  I look forward to getting the few missing Incorporation
Dates as you find them.
Thank you very much for doing such a good job!
Subject: Re: U.S. cities date of incorporation
From: rainbow-ga on 29 Jul 2003 02:42 PDT
Hi shunk,

I apologize for not getting back to you with the rest of the cities,
but I have been without internet access for about 3 months. I don't
want you to think I've neglected to complete this research.

The following are more cities and their dates of incorporation.

Leeds - Apr-1887

Mountain Home - 1888

Lake Station - 12/23/1976
Schererville - 9/5/1911

(Indiana is complete.)

Champlin - 1/2/1971
East Bethel - 1959
Worthington - 1875

(Minnesota is complete.)

Brandon - 1828

Guymon - 1901
Mustang - 1901
Woodward - 11/12/1906

(Oklahome is complete.)

Morth Middleton Township - 1810
Silver Spring Township - 1787

(Pennsylvania is complete.)

Burleson - 1913
Cedar Hill - 1939
Jacksonville - May-1873

Beekman - 3/7/1788
East Fishkill - 11/29/1849
Huntington - 1668
Lewisboro - 1840
Smithtown - Not Incorporated
Wappinger - 3/20/1875

The remaining cities are quite difficult to acquire the incorporation
dates. If and when I get these, I will post them for you.

Best regards,
Subject: Re: U.S. cities date of incorporation
From: rainbow-ga on 29 Jul 2003 03:20 PDT
-Morth Middleton,Pennsylvania should be North Middleton. 
Sorry for the typo.

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