County (United States)

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In the United States, an administrative or political subdivision of a state is a county, which is a region having specific boundaries and usually some level of governmental authority.wikipedia
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Louisiana

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The term "county" is used in 48 U.S. states, while Louisiana and Alaska have functionally equivalent subdivisions called parishes and boroughs respectively.
Louisiana is the only U.S. state with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are equivalent to counties.

Local government in the United States

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Most counties have subdivisions which may include municipalities and unincorporated areas.
Most states and territories have at least two tiers of local government: counties and municipalities.

Consolidated city-county

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Others have no further divisions, or may serve as a consolidated city-county.
In United States local government, a consolidated city-county is a city and county that have been merged into one unified jurisdiction.

Independent city (United States)

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Louisiana parishes; the organized boroughs of Alaska; the District of Columbia; and the independent cities of the states of Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, and Nevada are equivalent to counties for administrative purposes.
In the United States, an independent city is a city that is not in the territory of any county or counties with exceptions noted below.

U.S. state

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In the United States, an administrative or political subdivision of a state is a county, which is a region having specific boundaries and usually some level of governmental authority.
States are divided into counties or county-equivalents, which may be assigned some local governmental authority but are not sovereign.

San Bernardino County, California

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The county with the largest population, Los Angeles County (10,170,292), and the county with the largest land area, San Bernardino County, border each other in Southern California (however four boroughs in Alaska are larger in area than San Bernardino).
San Bernardino County, officially the County of San Bernardino, is a county located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of California, and is located within the Greater Los Angeles area.

List of counties in Massachusetts

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has removed most government functions from eight of its 14 counties.
This is a list of the 14 counties of Massachusetts.

List of counties in Texas

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The number of counties per state ranges from the 3 counties of Delaware to the 254 counties of Texas.
The U.S. state of Texas is divided into 254 counties, more than any other U.S. state.

Nevada

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Louisiana parishes; the organized boroughs of Alaska; the District of Columbia; and the independent cities of the states of Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, and Nevada are equivalent to counties for administrative purposes.
Nevada is divided into political jurisdictions designated as counties.

List of counties in Delaware

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The number of counties per state ranges from the 3 counties of Delaware to the 254 counties of Texas.
The U.S. state of Delaware is divided by only three counties: New Castle, Kent, and Sussex, the fewest of any state in the United States.

List of boroughs and census areas in Alaska

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The term "county" is used in 48 U.S. states, while Louisiana and Alaska have functionally equivalent subdivisions called parishes and boroughs respectively.
Alaska and Louisiana are the only states that do not call their first-order administrative subdivisions counties (Louisiana uses parishes instead).

James City County, Virginia

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The House of Burgesses divided the colony first into four "incorporations" in 1617 and finally into eight shires (or counties) in 1634: James City, Henrico, Charles City, Charles River, Warrosquyoake, Accomac, Elizabeth City, and Warwick River.
James City County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Henrico County, Virginia

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The House of Burgesses divided the colony first into four "incorporations" in 1617 and finally into eight shires (or counties) in 1634: James City, Henrico, Charles City, Charles River, Warrosquyoake, Accomac, Elizabeth City, and Warwick River.
Henrico County (formerly Henrico Shire), officially the County of Henrico, is a county in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

Charles City County, Virginia

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The House of Burgesses divided the colony first into four "incorporations" in 1617 and finally into eight shires (or counties) in 1634: James City, Henrico, Charles City, Charles River, Warrosquyoake, Accomac, Elizabeth City, and Warwick River.
Charles City County is a historic county located in the U.S. commonwealth of Virginia.

York County, Virginia

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The House of Burgesses divided the colony first into four "incorporations" in 1617 and finally into eight shires (or counties) in 1634: James City, Henrico, Charles City, Charles River, Warrosquyoake, Accomac, Elizabeth City, and Warwick River.
York County (formerly Charles River County) is a county in the eastern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia, located in the Tidewater.

Isle of Wight County, Virginia

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The House of Burgesses divided the colony first into four "incorporations" in 1617 and finally into eight shires (or counties) in 1634: James City, Henrico, Charles City, Charles River, Warrosquyoake, Accomac, Elizabeth City, and Warwick River.
Isle of Wight County is a county located in the Hampton Roads region of the U.S. state of Virginia.

Accomack County, Virginia

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The House of Burgesses divided the colony first into four "incorporations" in 1617 and finally into eight shires (or counties) in 1634: James City, Henrico, Charles City, Charles River, Warrosquyoake, Accomac, Elizabeth City, and Warwick River.
Accomack County is a United States county located in the eastern edge of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Warwick County, Virginia

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The House of Burgesses divided the colony first into four "incorporations" in 1617 and finally into eight shires (or counties) in 1634: James City, Henrico, Charles City, Charles River, Warrosquyoake, Accomac, Elizabeth City, and Warwick River.
Warwick County was a county in Southeast Virginia that was created from Warwick River Shire, one of eight created in the Virginia Colony in 1634.

St. Mary's County, Maryland

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Maryland established its first county, St. Mary's, in 1637, and Massachusetts followed in 1643.
Saint Mary's County (often abbreviated as St. Mary's County), established in 1637, is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland.

Elizabeth City County, Virginia

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The House of Burgesses divided the colony first into four "incorporations" in 1617 and finally into eight shires (or counties) in 1634: James City, Henrico, Charles City, Charles River, Warrosquyoake, Accomac, Elizabeth City, and Warwick River.
Elizabeth City County was a county in southeastern Virginia from 1634 until 1952 when it was merged into the city of Hampton.

Northampton County, Virginia

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America's oldest intact county court records can be found at Eastville, Virginia, in Northampton (originally Accomac) County, dating to 1632.
Northampton County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Shires of Virginia

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The House of Burgesses divided the colony first into four "incorporations" in 1617 and finally into eight shires (or counties) in 1634: James City, Henrico, Charles City, Charles River, Warrosquyoake, Accomac, Elizabeth City, and Warwick River.
These shires were based on a form of local government used in England at the time, and were redesignated as counties a few years later.

County commission

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In the twentieth century, the role of local governments strengthened and counties began providing more services, acquiring home rule and county commissions to pass local ordinances pertaining to their unincorporated areas.
A county commission (also known as a board of county commissioners) is a group of elected officials charged with administering the county government in some states of the United States.

Township (United States)

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In some states, these powers are partly or mostly devolved to the counties' smaller divisions usually called townships, though in New York, New England and Wisconsin they are called "towns".
2) A civil township is a unit of local government, generally a civil division of a county. Counties are the primary divisional entities created by U.S. states, thus townships vary from state to state in their powers and organizations. Civil townships are generally given a name, sometimes abbreviated "Twp".

Virginia

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Louisiana parishes; the organized boroughs of Alaska; the District of Columbia; and the independent cities of the states of Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, and Nevada are equivalent to counties for administrative purposes.
Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 38 independent cities, the latter acting in many ways as county-equivalents.