I can be a bit over-dramatic, referring to vague and forgotten places as “non-places." Turns out there’s a name for some of these communities: a CDP!
"Census Designated Places are identified by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes. CDPs are communities that lack a separate municipal government, but which otherwise physically resemble incorporated places."
In addition to cities and unincorporated places, I was enchanted to discover that Clayton County has 3 CDPs: Conley, Irondale and Bonanza. I might name my first 3 children after them. Because they might get teased for a name like "Stumptown."