Monowi, with a population of one, is the smallest town in America

Monowi, Nebraska, with a population of one, is the smallest incorporated town in America and the only to have just a single resident, reports the BBC.

That person is Elsie Eiler, who became Monowi’s sole occupant when her husband Rudy passed in 2004.

Since, she has served as the mayor, treasurer, librarian, and clerk while working 12 hours a day, six days a week at the tavern she owns.

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Elsie Eiler poses with the town population sign outside of the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011 with the abandoned town grain elevator in the background. Eiler is the person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
Elsie Eiler talks to a visitor in the 5,000 book library as she looks through old newspapers in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. Eiler is the person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. The library was the dream of her late husband Rudy a devoted reader. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
Elsie Eiler walks past an abandoned building that was once a general store slowly decaying in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 residents but after the railroad left it began to decline. Now down to a population of just one, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just a single resident. The general store closed when World War II started and the owner moved out of town to serve on the draft board. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
Elsie Eiler's license plate marks her as the only resident in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. Eiler is the person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
A collapsed house is slowly being covered by vegatation in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 residents but after the railroad left it began to decline. Now down to a population of one, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just a single resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
Abandoned Louisa Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation April 28, 2011. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 residents but after the railroad left it began to decline. Now down to a population of just one, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just a single resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
Elsie Eiler poses with the sign outside the 5,000 book library in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. Eiler is the person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. The library was the dream of her late husband Rudy a devoted reader. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
Elsie Eiler poses in the 5,000 book library in the village of Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. Eiler is the person living in Monowi making it the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with only one resident. The library was the dream of her late husband Rudy a devoted reader. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
Louisa Street in Monowi, Nebraska is completely grown over with vegetation April 28, 2011. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 residents but after the railroad left it began to decline. Now down to a population of just one, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just a single resident. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
The Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska stands abandoned April 28, 2011. Over 100 years old, the last event at the church was the funeral of the father of the town's one resident in 1960. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 people but after the railroad left it began to decline. Now down to a population of just one, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just a single resident, Elsie Eiler, 77. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
The Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska stands abandoned April 28, 2011. Over 100 years old, the last event at the church was the funeral of the father of the town's one resident in 1960. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 people but after the railroad left it began to decline. Now down to a population of just one, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just a single resident, Elsie Eiler, 77. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
The Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska stands abandoned April 28, 2011. Over 100 years old, the last event at the church was the funeral of the father of the town's one resident in 1960. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 people but after the railroad left it began to decline. Now down to a population of just one, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just a single resident, Elsie Eiler, 77. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
Sunlight streams in through a hole in the roof of the Methodist church in Monowi, Nebraska April 28, 2011. Over 100 years old, the last event at the church was the funeral of the father of the town's one resident in 1960. At its peak in the 1930's the town had 150 people but after the railroad left it began to decline. Now down to a population of just one, Monowi is the only incorporated town, village or city in the United States with just a single resident, Elsie Eiler, 77. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES)
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Eiler is also the town’s only taxpayer, and keeping the water running and the three street lamps lit costs her about $500 a year. 

Monowi has always been a small town, but decades ago it did have a population of roughly 150. 

Over the years and as farming jobs were lost to automation, its residents have moved elsewhere. 

While Eiler is the only person that remains in the town, she says she’s far from lonely, as her tavern draws many visitors from nearby areas, notes Refinery29.

“It’s like one big family. There are fourth-and fifth-generation customers coming in,” Eiler told the BBC. “It’s pretty neat when the people you remember as babies are now bringing their babies in to show me.” 

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