What is the oldest continuously occupied city in the United States?
Saint Augustine, FL
In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Florida on his search for the legendary Fountain of Youth. He landed at St. Augustine, which holds the distinction as the oldest city in the United States. Claimed as a Spanish territory, St. Augustine was officially founded in 1565.
That’s a full 42 years before the British founded Jamestown, Virginia, and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. Today, St. Augustine survives as the nation’s oldest continuously occupied city, and celebrated its 450th birthday last year.