1Jordan River, Canada
That's what happened in Jordan River, near Vancouver—the frequent earthquakes, and floods triggered by them emptied the town. But one resident, 72-year-old Hugh Pite, refuses to move. He divides his time between his homes in Jordan River and nearby Brentwood Bay, and even though he has been warned of the dangers of living there, he says he'll never leave. (Source)
2Monowi, Nebraska, US
3Buford, Wyoming, US
The town was originally named Buford (in honor of Major General John Buford), a Union cavalry officer who fought during the Civil War. In 2013, the town was sold to a Vietnamese owner, who re-branded it as "PhinDeli Town Buford." )The postal addresses, however, still bears the town's original name.) In 2013, the population was 1—Don Sammons.
Sammons moved to Buford in 1980 with his wife and son. In 1992, he purchased the town. His wife died in 1995, and his son moved away around 2007, making him Buford's only resident.
The local convenience store, gas station and modular home were put up for sale after Sammons decided to move closer to his son. The town was sold on April 5, 2012, for $900,000 to two Vietnamese men, one of which was later identified as Phạm Đình Nguyên. (Source)
4Lost Springs, Wyoming
For the 2000 census, only one person resided in Lost Springs. However, Mayor Leda Price claims the figure was inaccurate and claims Lost Springs had four residents in 2000.
As of 2010, there were four people, three households, and 0 families residing in the town and the population density was 44.4 inhabitants per square mile (17.1/km2). (Source)
5Villa Epecuen, Argentina
The town's population peaked in the 1970s with more than 5,000 people. Nearly 300 businesses thrived there, including hotels, hostels, spas, shops, and museums. During that time, a long-term weather event was delivering far more rain than usual to the surrounding hills, and Lago Epecuen began to swell. On November 10, 1985, an enormous volume of water broke through the dam and inundated much of the town. By 1993, the slow-moving flood consumed the town, and it was covered in 10 meters of water.
Nearly 25 years later, in 2009, the wet weather reversed, and the waters began to recede. Villa Epecuen started coming back to the surface. No one returned, except 81-year-old Pablo Novak, who is now the town's sole resident. (Source)
The most contaminated zone, the 20-kilometer radius around the plant, remains a restricted area. But as crazy as it sounds, Naoto Matsumura is the sole inhabitant of a town that was once home to nearly 16,000 people. He lives without running water or electricity.
He was among the thousands who fled the zone, but he soon returned to tend the land, abandoned animals, and even a local cemetery. He sees it as his duty to be present in defiance of the devastation. (Source)
7Cass, New Zealand
Drummond, 65, who works for KiwiRail and is responsible for the highest section of the track linking Christchurch to Greymouth, said he never felt lonely or isolated in the one-man town. And as for the lack of women, well "it's never really worried me," Drummond, who has never been married, said. (Source)