5 Places Named Antioch From Outside California

There’s no need to tell you that Antioch, California is a special community. We’ve praised it in many previous columns for its wonderful people, places to eat and shop, and things to do.

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But it turns out we’re not the only Antioch out there. And no, we’re not talking about the ancient Greco-Roman city of Antioch. We’re talking about other cities named Antioch right here in the United States. Turns out there are a lot of them.

Take a little road trip with us as we explore some of our namesakes from across the U.S. We think you’ll find it interesting.

Antioch, Alabama

We don’t mean to be rude, but it’s fair to say that the tiny unincorporated community of Antioch, Alabama isn’t exactly noteworthy. Located on Highway 43, there isn’t much going on here. The community has a few churches and its own fire department, but you’re not going to be booking a vacation here any time soon.

Antioch, Florida

Florida’s Antioch is an historic community created in 1885 on the shores of Lake Thonotosassa. This town is unassuming, but its close proximity to Tampa and the Gulf Coast means those living here lead a nice life.

Antioch, Georgia

Head north from Florida and you’ll run into Antioch, Georgia, a tiny unincorporated community that formed around the Antioch Baptist Church. Like so many of our namesakes, this is a quiet little town that doesn’t offer much to draw visitors.

Antioch, Illinois

In Illinois, you’ll find a robust pair of communities called Antioch, a village of 14,000 and a town of 28,000. This pair of interconnected towns sprang from the War of 1812 and the Blackhawk War of 1832, when European settlers battled with the Native Americans who made the area their home.

Today, it serves as a bedroom community from which workers commute to nearby Chicago, with some gorgeous parks and golf courses making it a nice place to spend a weekend.

Antioch, Indiana

We’re kind of cheating here, because Indiana actually has not one, not two, but three Antiochs. One is a tiny unincorporated community that is part of Jackson Township, in Clinton County, first settled in 1828.

Another is a part of Wright Township in Greene County. The third is an unincorporated part of Pike Township in Jay County, first settled in 1853. None are cities of their own, though, making them markedly different from Antioch, California.

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