Clearly, Eureka is a company town for Global Dynamics inspired at least somewhat by the Manhattan Project. This model makes at least some sense...where there's a lot of classified information, it's helpful to provide living facilities nearby to keep a lid on it. On the other hand, it concentrates the surface area, as it were, so...I dunno.

At any rate, are there real world towns that fit this profile, i.e., a company town for a large research facility?

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    There are a ton of real-world towns like this. Whether or not just a single one of them was the inspiration for Eureka is more difficult to say. – gnovice Dec 19 '11 at 21:14
  • But none of those in your link are company towns for a research facility founded for the purpose of security. – Chris B. Behrens Dec 19 '11 at 21:16
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    "Oak Ridge, Tennessee: built in secret by the United States government for the Manhattan Project; controlled by the federal government until 1959." – gnovice Dec 19 '11 at 21:21
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    It's a possible answer, but I've yet to find any evidence that Eureka drew its inspiration from any specific real-world company town, so I'm reluctant to add it as anything other than a comment. – gnovice Dec 19 '11 at 21:40
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    There were a lot of these "closed towns" in the Soviet Union, though those were largely military installations, rather than commercial ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closed_town – Mark Bessey Dec 19 '11 at 23:14

There is likely no single real-world town that inspired the town of Eureka. It is arguably a mixture of two types of towns:

  • A secretive government-run company town: Eureka is operated by a corporation called Global Dynamics (GD) that, due to the nature of the research done there, is overseen by the United States Department of Defense. The town's existence and location are therefore closely guarded secrets. This bears a great deal of similarity to the town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which was built in secret by the United States government for the Manhattan Project and controlled by the federal government until 1959.

  • A small Northern-Pacific town: In a blog post on Idea Lab, show creator Jaime Paglia was asked and answered the following:

    Q: Have your own experiences in real life influenced the evolution of Eureka's plots, characters, and sci-tech ideas? If so, wanna share a few?

    A: On the character side, I think growing up in a small town in the Pacific Northwest was my biggest inspiration. There's something very unique about the dynamics of small town life. Everyone knows everyone's business. Connections run deep and when conflicts happen, there's nowhere to escape.

    In addition to the characters, there are a number of small-town features that the town of Eureka exhibits: a well-manicured main street filled with small independent local shops, numerous green spaces, statues, etc. As the Syfy site states, "A community was created to rival the most idyllic of America's small towns."

Oddly enough, the show appears to have inspired plans for a real-life Eureka-like city in New Mexico!


I would say it probably most resembles Los Alamos.


It is known to be a big contributor to the Manhattan Project and is also a very small town of only 12,000 residents. Nuclear waste is at some points, at least temporarily, stored there. The Department of Energy's primary research facility, the Los Alamos National Laboratory is located there.



There were also plenty of towns like that in Russia. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naukograd

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    Must... resist... In Soviet Russia joke... – Chad Dec 20 '11 at 22:14
  • #ThePunchlineIs "A reeks you!" – VBartilucci Nov 7 '18 at 17:43

I grew up in Los Alamos, and half of the fun of the show is that it very closely resembles life in the "Atomic City." My dad is actually a nuclear physicist. So were most of my friends' dads.

  • Kimberly, you really aren't supposed to share that kind of info. I know I am going to get ribbed for saying it, but well. There is a reason. I'd delete the last two sentences if it were me. – Escoce Sep 29 '15 at 20:20
  • I grew up in Brevard County, Florida, home of Cape Canaveral and NASA. Sure, I was in a suburb of a suburb of the Cape, but growing up around engineers and rocket scientists was the norm. – Vogie Sep 29 '15 at 20:37

Richland, Wa was built as a company town for the Hanford Nuclear reservation as part of the Manhattan project. I am quite sure this is the Pacific Northwest town they are referencing, even though when watching their maps and such, it reflects Oregon. Check out Richland and Tri-Cities near Hanford, you may be surprised how the birth of Richland closely resembles Eureka USA. The city was totally built to support all the TOP scientists of the day. It was nothing before Hanford. There are supporting video's you can watch on YouTube regarding Richland's beginnings, how and why it was the fastest built city of its time.




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