The two things most would think of when they hear the word "city" are tall buildings and many people. However, there are cities in the world with minimal populations. Imagine that.You don't have to imagine it, though, because we are listing examples of cities worldwide that have become known for their small human populace. What is most surprising is that a lot of them are actually capitals. Here are ten cities we have found that are pretty isolated and small.

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Updated by Gabriel Kirellos, November 6th, 2021:The world population is constantly changing rapidly. Moreover, some areas classified as cities are merged with others to form a new one. This is why this list was updated to reflect some changes in the population count of some cities. Norton City, Virginia's smallest city, and Greenwood in British Columbia, Canada's smallest city, were added to the list. Additionally, some entries were removed since they do not count among the 10 cities with the smallest population in the world anymore.

10 Hum, Croatia

Hum is an adorable name for a town, and this one was recorded to have a population of only 30 people as of 2011. It is not only small but also very old. Documents dating back from 1102 have mentioned this city. Though back then, it was called "Cholm" instead of "Hum."

In 1552, the town got a watchtower and bell. Due to its long history, the city does have a museum for visitors. Croatia fancies this place to even be the smallest city in the world, and they may be right.



9 Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands

What is unique about Adamstown is that it is not only the capital of the Pitcairn Islands. It is the only settlement on the Pitcairn Islands.

The entire population is around 50 people. There are multiple islands, but the others outside of Adamstown are all uninhabited. It is known as the second smallest capital city in the whole world and has just one general store which is only opened three times a week. Apparently, they want more people to move here, but no one wants to. Takers, anyone?

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8 St. Asaph, Wales


Here is a less insanely small population, but it still stands as Britain's second-smallest city with a population of around 3,000.

The city likes to promote itself as "The City of Music" and lives up to the name by hosting Wales' international music festival, which attracts a lot of locals and tourists alike. They are also known for their beautiful churches.


7 St. Davids, Wales

Beating St. Asaph as Britain's smallest city, is St. Davids. The tiny town is built around a gorgeous cathedral founded in the 6th century, and the entire place is pretty rich in Christian history. It is the place where St. Patrick is said to have set sail to convert Ireland to Christianity.

Today, the city has narrow streets, cafes, hotels, art galleries, and restaurants.


6 Vatican City, Italy

It looks like it houses many people, but looks can be deceiving. Vatican City has a population of about one thousand people. It is an independent city-state that is only 110 acres big. That makes not only one of the smallest cities but the smallest sovereign state in the entire world by both area and populace.

It is also home to some of the most famous art globally, so the city sees plenty of tourists.

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5 Ngerulmud, Palau

The capital of Palau is one of the least populated capitals in the world, with only about 400 people living in the area. It only became the capital recently in 2006.

For those that do not know, Palau is a country that consists of about 346 islands. The city of Ngerulmud is located on the most significant island. Still, it feels pretty isolated, with no tourists to do unless you want to visit government buildings.

4 Greenwood, British Columbia

Greenwood in British Columbia has maintained its title as a city since its inception in 1897. This is despite the steep decline in its population over the years. As of 2016, the population count in Greenwood city was standing at 665, dropping from 1,000 in 1891. The city is a destination rich with history and is one of only two mining towns that still exist nowadays. Moreover, Greenwood is Canada's smallest city.

3 San Marino, San Marino

San Marino is a micro-state that is surrounded by Italy. The city has a population of about 4,000 people. It is beautiful and has a lot of visitors every year since it sits atop Mt. Titano with a fantastic view. In fact, tourism is how a lot of the inhabitants make most of their income. They would be happy to have you visit!

San Marino is famous for being one of the smallest independent states in Europe and one of the smallest republics in the world.

2 Norton City, Virginia

As of 2010, Norton City in Virginia had a population of 3,958. It is the least populated city in Virginia. Moreover, the town is so tiny that its surface area is only 19.45 square kilometers. Although small, Norton is home to some beautiful restaurants, such as China Cafe and Fishtales Family restaurant. Moreover, the city boasts two recreation areas, Flag Rock and Norton Recreation Department. It is also home to Legion Park. People go there to relax and witness the cultural mountain music and outdoor recreation activities.

1 Opatowiec, Poland

In 2006, this tiny city was recorded to have a population of about 338 people. Like much of Poland, the history of the town is very long and exciting. It has a 15th-century Dominican church and a Józef Klemens Piłsudski for historic sightseers.

The city was utterly destroyed in the 1600s by Swedish soldiers in the Deluge at a certain point. Then it was destroyed again in World War I and again in World War II. That goes to show that a significant benefit to a small city: it can quickly be rebuilt.



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