Ponyville is a small town originally founded by Earth Ponies, including Granny Smith. However, Unicorns and Pegasi also reside there. Applejack and Rarity apparently grew up here, while Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy moved there from Cloudsdale and Pinkie Pie moved there after growing up on a rock farm. At the beginning of the show, Twilight Sparkle moves into Ponyville's library to study the magic of friendship.
Ponyville seems to be a medium sized town and is led by Mayor Mare. Being originally founded by Earth Ponies, the town retains several traditions, including the Winter Wrap Up, which is performed without the use of magic, unlike other towns. In Season 2, the town gains a train station which provides easy access to Canterlot and other parts of Equestria.