Welcome to Monowi – Population 1

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A little town in America has the smallest population – just one person!

The town’s name, Monowi, is said to be translated from an unidentified Native American language meaning “flower”.

Founded in 1902, the town peaked with a population of about 150 in the 1930s.

During the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 2; only one married couple, Rudy and Elsie Eiler. However, Rudy died in 2004, leaving his wife as the only remaining resident.

As mayor, she has the power to award liquor licences, which she has to herself, as well as the duty of collecting taxes, also from herself.

She jokes that there are certain advantages to her situation.

“I don’t worry about elections because there’s not much competition,” she said.

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