Independent city (United States)

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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.wikipedia
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Baltimore

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The three independent cities outside Virginia are Baltimore, Maryland; St. Louis, Missouri; and Carson City, Nevada.
Baltimore (, locally:, often spelled Bawlmer) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Maryland, as well as the 30th most populous city in the United States, with a population of 602,495 in 2018 and also the largest such independent city in the country.

St. Louis

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The three independent cities outside Virginia are Baltimore, Maryland; St. Louis, Missouri; and Carson City, Nevada.
St. Louis is an independent city (city not in a county) in the U.S. state of Missouri.

Carson City, Nevada

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The three independent cities outside Virginia are Baltimore, Maryland; St. Louis, Missouri; and Carson City, Nevada.
Carson City, officially the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City, is an independent city in and the capital of the U.S. state of Nevada, named after the mountain man Kit Carson.

County (United States)

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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.
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.

Hampton, Virginia

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Another was Elizabeth City County, originally part of the older Elizabeth Cittie, which became extinct in 1952 when it was consolidated politically by mutual consent with the small City of Hampton, the county seat, and the Town of Phoebus to reform and expand into the current independent city of Hampton, Virginia, one of the large cities of Virginia.
Hampton is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

Virginia

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Of the 41 independent U.S. cities, 38 are in Virginia, whose state constitution makes them a special case.
Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 38 independent cities, the latter acting in many ways as county-equivalents.

Bedford, Virginia

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Bedford is an incorporated town and former independent city located within Bedford County in the U.S. state of Virginia.

Richmond, Virginia

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Richmond was incorporated in 1742 and has been an independent city since 1871.

Chesapeake, Virginia

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Chesapeake is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Shires of Virginia

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Three older Virginia counties, whose origins go back to the original eight shires of Virginia formed in 1634 in the Colony of Virginia, have or had the word city in their names; politically, however, they are counties.
This is due to names, such as "James City County" and "Charles City County" that seem contradictory to some in Virginia because after independent cities were introduced by the 1870 Constitution of Virginia, an area can be in a city or in a county, but cannot be in both.

Suffolk, Virginia

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Suffolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Manchester, Richmond, Virginia

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Manchester became an incorporated town in 1769 and an independent city in 1874.

County seat

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An independent city in Virginia may serve as the county seat of an adjacent county, even though the city by definition is not part of that county.
In Virginia, a county seat may be an independent city surrounded by, but not part of, the county of which it is the administrative center; for example, Fairfax City is both the county seat of Fairfax County and is completely surrounded by Fairfax County, but the city is politically independent of the county.

Halifax County, Virginia

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Through the 1990 Census, South Boston was an independent city, but it became a town again and rejoined Halifax County in 1995.

Newport News, Virginia

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Newport News is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia.

St. Louis County, Missouri

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St. Louis County borders, but does not include, the city of St. Louis, which is an independent city.

Consolidated city-county

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A consolidated city-county is different from an independent city, although the latter may result from consolidation of a city and a county and may also have the same powers as a consolidated city-county.

Missouri

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Today, the state is divided into 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis.

Baltimore County, Maryland

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Baltimore became one of the few "independent cities" in the United States, putting it on the same level with the state's other 23 counties and granting limited "home rule" powers outside the authority of the Maryland General Assembly.

Alexandria, Virginia

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Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

Alleghany County, Virginia

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Though it is the county seat, Covington is an independent city, and thus is not part of Alleghany County.

Ormsby County, Nevada

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On April 1, 1969, Ormsby County and Carson City officially merged as the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City.

Boroughs of New York City

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Since 1914, each of New York City's five boroughs has been coextensive with a county of New York State – unlike most U.S. cities, which lie within a single county or extend partially into another county, constitute a county in themselves, or are completely separate and independent of any county.

Independent city

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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.