[[caption-width-right:300: Ain't that American?[[note]]Photo taken in Pomeroy, Ohio[[/note]]]]

->'''Clark:''' It always takes folks from the city a bit of time to decompress. Fortunately for you, this weekend Smallville is holding the annual Corn Festival. We'll get to see the Corn Queen Pageant, the Husk-Off, the Corn-o-rama, popcorn, cream corn, corn on the cob; ''we'' are in luck.\\
'''Lois:''' Oh, be still, my heart.
-->-- ''Series/LoisAndClark'', "The Green, Green Glow of Home"

Basically, if an American film or TV show doesn't take place in a famous big city, it will be set in some version of Everytown, America. Everytown, America is a usually fictional town or small city containing pastel suburbs, a single elementary[=/=]HighSchool (depending how old the main characters are) with the same name as the town, and a main street or town square of some kind. [[AdvertisingCampaigns Everyone likes hot dogs, apple pie,]] and [[EverybodyOwnsAFord Chevrolet]]. Mandatory attire is flannel with blue jeans, or a bolo tie [[FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit if you're rich]]. Most people will be friendly except for the PointyHairedBoss, the AlphaBitch or the JerkJock. Anyone worse than that will be an invader from some big city or TheGovernment. It is often a CloseKnitCommunity, and almost EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether. Usually (though not always), the members of this community identify as (or are at least [[AmbiguouslyChristian implied to be]]) some variety of Christian, and they all attend the same [[UsefulNotes/AmericanChurches church]].

''Where'' is Everytown? If the specific state is given at all, it's particularly likely to be somewhere in New England or the Great Lakes States. Expect it to have hot summers all abuzz with cicadas, and snow on Christmas.

NothingExcitingEverHappensHere (or at least it didn't until the [[LovecraftCountry aliens / vampires / witches]] / [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar commies]] / [[FunnyForeigner weirdos]] showed up). The town's history, if discussed at all, will probably be very simple (usually it will have been named after whoever founded it -- there might be [[OurFounder a statue of him]]) and everyone living there will be familiar with the story. The characters may become routinely involved in city affairs, which will usually consist of convincing the city council not to tear down some historic building or to clean up the local park so all the children can happily play there. The townsfolk can cause it to be a QuirkyTown. It's usually the home of TheAllAmericanBoy and the GirlNextDoor.

For such an average place, Everytown seems to become a CityOfAdventure surprisingly often, and occasionally masks a TownWithADarkSecret. If featured in a TV series fond of [[SpecialGuest Special Guests]], celebrities may visit the town a disproportionate number of times.

To be fair, there ''are'' a lot of towns like this in the U.S.A., but it also taps into a very powerful vein of nostalgia about what kind of town many Americans ''wish'' they lived in.

Together with DownOnTheFarm, this is one of the main components of FlyoverCountry, though that trope is usually more dismissive than idealized. See also WhereTheHellIsSpringfield, with which this trope often overlaps. Contrast with NoCommunitiesWereHarmed, which involves a fictionalized version of a specific real city.



* A recurring motif in the art of Creator/NormanRockwell.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Riverdale of ''Franchise/ArchieComics''.
* Greendale of ''Comicbook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''.
* Smallville, childhood hometown of Franchise/{{Superman}}/hometown of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} ComicBook/{{Superboy}}. Less so in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' the series.
* Blue Valley. Home of Wally West before and during his Kid Flash days before he became Franchise/TheFlash and relocated to Keystone City.
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'': In "Pastoral", Cammie -- a girl from Astro City -- gets sent to spend the summer with her cousins in the country. Caplinville, the small town she ends up in, feels very much like this.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Bedford Falls, New York in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''. A small, friendly town anchored by its trustworthy and generous Building & Loans institution, where everyone knows everybody else by name.
* The resort-island of Amity, New York in ''Film/{{Jaws}}''.
* Hill Valley, California in the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' films.
* The unnamed town featured in ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''.
* Cuesta Verde, California in ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''.
* Parodied, Justified, Lampshaded, then [[ZigZaggingTrope played with till it can't play no more]] in ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}''. Basically, the trope was a basketball, and ''Pleasantville'' was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlem_Globetrotters Harlem Globetrotters]].
* Parodied in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'', where the protagonists pass three ''identical'' small towns during their cross-country trip. Naturally, the characters {{lampshade}} this.
* The town in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' is pretty much like this trope (except for the out-of-place Gothic mansion on a hill in the centre, and the fact that some people are not as nice as they seem in the beginning).
* Bomont, Utah in ''Film/{{Footloose}}''.
* Carvel, in the ''Film/AndyHardy'' films of the 1930s and '40s.
* Edge City in ''Film/TheMask'', although it's not a small town by any means.
* Fringe City in ''Film/SonOfTheMask''.
* Haddonfield, Illinois, in ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}''.
* Grandview, USA in Grandview USA. Filmed in the middle of Illinois.
* Kingston Falls, heavily based on the above Bedford Falls, from ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''.
* Sherwood, Ohio in ''Film/{{Heathers}}''.
* Smalltown, USA, in ''Film/TheMuppets''.
* Denton, Ohio in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow.
* Woodsboro, California in ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}''.
* In the "making of" book for the ''Film/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' film, it is stated that they were looking for this kind of town. Ironically, that town happened to be in the suburbs of Toronto, a ''Canadian'' city.
* ''Film/TheHumanComedy'' is set in Ithaca, CA, a fictional small town with a stereotypical Main Street and small independently owned stores, the kind of town where a kid who's lost in the street is immediately recognized and sent back to his brother. It also has a surprisingly variegated mix of ethnicities, including Russians, Hispanics, and Greeks. This is because the whole movie is a propaganda effort encouraging American patriotism and participation in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

* Stoneybrook in ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub''.
* Similarly, Sweet Valley, California, from ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh''.
* In Creator/BillBryson's ''The Lost Continent'', he goes off across America in search of the quintessential small town (an idea he most likely got from the famous Universal Studios backlot). He starts out thinking the best examples will be in the Midwest, but discovers they're mostly in NewEngland and the DeepSouth. He eventually decides that he'll just have to start picking out his favorite bits of the towns he's passed through and create his own ideal Everytown, America, which he dubs Amalgam.
* Viciously parodied in Stephen Leacock's ''Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town'' with the town of Mariposa, which is inhabited mostly by blithering idiots who can't do anything right. Also transposed to Canada (because that's where Leacock was from), but still basically the same trope.
* Played with in ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' by Eric Flint. Grantville is just like this -- which means it is very different to Everytown, 17th Century Germany.
* [Undisclosed] in ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', which is distinguished only by having a considerably higher than average population of the mentally ill. The film version features scenes at the abandoned Shorewood (Illinois) mall, implying that the main plot takes place approximately an hour's drive southwest of Chicago in the vicinity of Joliet.
* [[Creator/StephenKing Derry, Castle Rock, and Jerusalem's Lot]] are this, and each situated fully in LovecraftCountry.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Madison of ''Series/OurMissBrooks''.
* Mayberry, North Carolina of ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' and ''Series/MayberryRFD'' (and referenced in ''Series/GomerPyleUSMC''); stated to be 60 miles from Raleigh, NC.
* Mayfield of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''.
* Riverview, Ohio, Lt. Hector Canfield's oft-mentioned hometown on ''Series/ItsAboutTime''.
* Cicely, Alaska of ''Series/NorthernExposure'', although Cicely does skew more heavily towards the eccentric than most versions of Everytown.
* Rutherford, Ohio of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''.
* Westbridge, Massachusetts of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''.
* Subverted with Sunnydale, California in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. [[spoiler:The whole point of founding the town was for a cultist to create the [[HellGate Hellmouth]]]].
* Wellsville of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete''. Also an example of WhereTheHellIsSpringfield. One episode states that it's in Michigan; other episodes implies it is all over the map.
* Pawnee, Indiana of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', creating an aversion of DownOnTheFarm at the same time.
* Stars Hollow, Connecticut of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' fame is definitely this, however, it's somewhat a subversion of the actual trope, in that it IS perfectly normal.
* Haven, Maine is not to be found anywhere in Maine except in the series ''Series/{{Haven}}'' (and a couple of Creator/StephenKing novels), but there is a North Haven in Maine.
* There's also Cabot Cove, Maine in ''Series/MurderSheWrote''; and Crabapple Cove, Maine in ''Series/{{MASH}}''.
** Lampshaded in one episode where, as Hawkeye is bandaging up a soldier, he asks about things in the guy's town, like the annual harvest dance, and the little diner on the outskirts of town that serves the greasiest fries ever. When the soldier asks when he had been there, Hawkeye replies, "Never. I grew up in the same small town in Maine."
* ''Series/Warehouse13'': The eponymous warehouse is located in an Unincorporated Unnamed Settlement, in South Dakota, known as Univille.
* Pickford in ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture''.
* In "The Serenity Now" episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Kramer [[ItMakesSenseInContext turns the front of his apartment into an "Anytown USA" performance piece]], right up to him talking and acting like he's living in an EverytownAmerica in the middle of summer.
* Storybrooke, Maine, the town created by The Dark Curse in ''Series/OnceUponATime'', is meant to look like one of these, but it wouldn't take long for an outsider to realize that [[TownWithADarkSecret something is off about it.]]
* Hawkins, Indiana, in ''Series/StrangerThings'', comes off as an obvious Spielberg homage.
* Charming in ''Series/{{Sons of Anarchy}}'', and the Sons want to keep it that way.
* Rosewood, Pennsylvania of ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars''.
* Fagan Corners, Vermont in ''Series/Daredevil2015'', Karen Page's hometown.

* "Everyday America" by Music/{{Sugarland}} has it right there in the title.
* Parodied by ''Music/TomLehrer'' in "My Home Town", from ''Music/SongsByTomLehrer''. It starts out talking about the town as a "place where no-one wears a frown" populated by "extra-special just plain folks", but when it starts getting specific, it turns out that the "just plain folks" include murderers, arsonists, pornographers, and a kindly parson who did something the narrator refuses to even talk about.
* "Small Town" by Music/JohnMellencamp is ostensibly about his native Seymour, Indiana, but honestly it could as well be anywhere given how universal the lyrics are.

* Lake Wobegon, Minnesota in ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'', where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.
* Wistful Vista of ''Radio/FibberMcGeeAndMolly'', and Summerfield in its spinoff ''Radio/TheGreatGildersleeve''.
* Many, many radio series were set in such a town: ''Radio/LumAndAbner'' (probably more rural than this trope), ''Series/FatherKnowsBest'', ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'', ''Radio/TheAldrichFamily'', ''Radio/TheBurnsAndAllenShow'', etc.
* ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'': Originally envisioned as a one-street town, Odyssey has grown rather large for a "small town" in the past twenty-five years, but still maintains a quiet dignity about it.

* Angel's Roost, Washington in ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple''. It lies in the shadow of Mount Olympus, but that's only significant as a MythologyGag (though the state of Washington really does have a mountain named that).
* Grover's Corners in ''Theatre/OurTown''.
* Bomont, Texas in the [[AllMusicalsAreAdaptations stage musical]] of ''Film/{{Footloose}}''.
* ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'': Appleton, Indiana is 'The Lamest Place in the World,' at least according to Patrice.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Main Street, U.S.A at the various Disney theme parks.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[FirstTown Onett]], from ''Videogame/{{EarthBound}}'' is the quintessential '80s Amer- er, [[EagleLand Eaglandian]] town, replete with school, burger joint, arcade, City Hall and gang of street toughs. And a meteor, but we don't talk about the meteor. See also [[DeepSouth Twoson]] and [[TheresNoBInMovie Threed]] for variations on the theme, but Onett plays it to the hilt.
* Podunk, from ''VideoGame/{{Mother|1}}'' is a prototype of Onett.
* ''VideoGame/SecretOfEvermore'' also starts in the town of Podunk. It's a popular name.
* The events of ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' mainly take place in the eponymous mall of Willamette, Colorado.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'''s Columbia is at first glance a beautiful piece of turn-of-the-century Americana floating in the sky. It's gradually subverted however in that the rotten truth is just beneath the surface.
* Motorville from ''VideoGame/NiNoKuni'' is a spot-on pastiche of one despite being produced by [[LevelFive a Japanese video game company]] in co-operation with [[Creator/StudioGhibli a Japanese anime studio]] known for heavy heavy European artistic influences, and the English version is mostly voiced by British actors.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Generictown of ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.''
* Pleasant Prairie in ''Webcomic/TalesOfGnosisCollege''.
* Belleville of ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie''.
* Moperville, Illinois, of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive.''
* Springfield in the contemporary arc of ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', which has the same relation to the big city of Camelot as ''Series/{{Smallville}}'''s Smallville does to Metropolis. In one strip, Arthur compares it to [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife Bedford Falls]].

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Hello, ''Roleplay/{{Mayfield}}!''
* Blog/OffThePageAndIntoLife is set in the good, wholesome town of Pageson, where everything looks like it came from either 1950 or 1990. [[HatedHometown The teenage cast can't]] ''[[HatedHometown stand]]'' [[HatedHometown it.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Springfield of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* Elwood City of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''.
* Walkerville of ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus''.
* Radiator Springs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''.
* Played surprisingly straight in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Only occasionally does anyone wonder why so much seems to happen in an otherwise anonymous Colorado town, and no explanation is ever given.
* Middleton, home of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', besides appearing to be a hotbed of science labs and the odd SupervillainLair. Part of a tri-city area including Lowerton and Upperton, and a case of WhereTheHellIsSpringfield. WordOfGod says its somewhere in between California and Colorado given the mountains seen in the background.
* Danville of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
* The show ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' takes place in the fictional American city of Hillwood.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' is set in Dimmsdale, California. An average American town filled with weirdness, in part because of Timmy Turner and his fairies.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim''. Terlawk, New Jersey has a crappy strip mall and a couple of old guys sitting on a porch predicting rain with their kneecaps, but every week they sit and not only watch the alien invasion, but explain that one or the other of them may have caused it. Also, they live next door to a giant earthworm in an alien power suit.
* Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, even after ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' got famous.
* Peach Creek of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. The craziness that ensues there is usually from the Eds' antics.
* Hazelnut of ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn''.
* Quahog, Rhode Island of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* Arlen, Texas, from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''.
** In fact, subverting this trope is where the episode dealing with Arlen's founding gets most of its humor from. Arlen was originally known as Harlottown, named after the brothel it was founded around, which is a far cry from its current Everytown image. Hank Hill is not pleased when the city decides to push this angle to promote tourism.
* Bluffington from ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''. Doug's family is unusual, in that they moved there from a nearby city called Bloatsburg; most of Bluffington's residents grew up there, and their families have lived there for generations.
* Moralton, the capital of Statesota in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' which also happens to be in the exact center of the country.
* The WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} short ''Aquamania'' has Goofy's (Mr. X) hometown called Anytown.
-->'''Narrator:''' This could be any town, anywhere, anytime.
* Plainville from ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'', located in Minnedakota County.