A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. A county is a Land area of Regional Government within a larger State. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the In the Northeast United States, the statutory term often is shire town, but colloquially county seat is the term in use there. The Northeast is a region of the United States. As defined by the U Parts of the Canadian Maritimes also use the term shire town. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page The Maritime provinces, called the Maritimes in local English (or the Canadian Maritimes by non-Canadians is a region of Eastern Canada In England, Wales and Ireland, the term county town is used. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Ireland ( Irish: Éire, ˈeːrʲə is a country in north-western Europe. A county town is the 'capital' of a County in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. This term is still sometimes used colloquially in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but today neither are divided into administrative counties – instead being divided, respectively, into council areas and districts. Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a Country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of For local government purposes Scotland is divided into 32 areas designated as "council areas" which are all governed by unitary authorities designated as Districts are a type of Administrative division, in some countries managed by a Local government. Louisiana uses parishes instead of counties, and the administrative center is a "parish seat. The State of Louisiana ( or, État de Louisiane, pronounced) is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America A parish as an Administrative division of several countries. In England and in one American state ( Louisiana) it is sometimes called " Alaska is organized into "boroughs," which are large districts, and the administrative center is known as a "borough seat. Alaska ( Аляска Alyaska) is a state in the United States of America, in the northwest of the North American continent A borough is an Administrative division of various countries In principle the term borough designates a self-governing Township although in practice A county seat is a term for an Administrative center for a County, primarily used in the United States. " Boroughs typically provide fewer local services than most counties, as the state government provides more services directly. Many countries are made up of a number of subnational entities called states (or related terms in languages other than English About half of Alaska is part of the Unorganized Borough, a discontinuous region the state government administers directly. The Unorganized Borough is that part of the US state of Alaska not contained in any of its 17 organized Boroughs. Some of Alaska's boroughs share geographical and administrative boundaries with cities; these are known as unified city-boroughs and result in some of Alaska's cities ranking among the geographically largest cities in the world. The Canadian province of Ontario, in addition to counties, also has districts and regional municipalities, which are effectively different types of counties in that they perform county government functions, albeit at limited (district) or expanded (regional municipality) levels. Ontario (ɒnˈtɛrioʊ is a province located in the central part of Canada, the largest by population and second largest after Quebec Districts are a type of Administrative division, in some countries managed by a Local government. A Regional Municipality (or Region) is a type of Canadian Municipal Government similar to and at the same municipal government level as
United States counties, as in England and Canada, function as administrative divisions of a state and have no sovereign jurisdiction of their own. A county of the United States is a local level of government created as a subdivision of a state by the state government or by the federal or territorial government as a subdivision England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page Counties administer state or provincial law at the local level as part of the decentralization of state/provincial authority. In many U. S. states, state government is further decentralized by dividing counties into townships, to provide local government services to residents of the county who do not live in incorporated cities or towns. A township (or Municipality) is a settlement which has the status and powers of a unit of local government A municipal corporation is the legal term for a local governing body, including (but not necessarily limited to cities, counties, Towns A city is an Urban area with a large Population and a particular Administrative, Legal, or Historical status A town is a type of settlement ranging from a few to several thousand (occasionally hundreds of thousands inhabitants although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan
A county seat is usually, but not always, an incorporated municipality. The exceptions include, but are not limited to, the county seats of counties that have no incorporated municipalities within their borders, such as Arlington County, Virginia, and Baltimore County and Howard County, Maryland. Baltimore County is a County located in the northern part of the U Howard County is a County located in the central part of the U (Ellicott City, the county seat of Howard County, is the largest unincorporated county seat in the U. Ellicott City is an Unincorporated community and Census-designated place in Howard County, Maryland, United States. S. , followed by Towson, the county seat of Baltimore County. ) The county courthouse and county administration are usually located in the county seat, but some functions may also be conducted in other parts of the county, especially if it is geographically large.
Most counties have only one county seat. However, some counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont have two or more county seats, usually located on opposite sides of the county. Alabama (formally the State of Alabama;) is a State located in the southern region of the United States of America. Arkansas ( is a state located in the southern region of the United States. The State of Iowa ( is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States of America. The Commonwealth of Kentucky ( is a state located in the East Central United States of America. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Mississippi ( is a state located in the Deep South of the United States New Hampshire ( is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous Vermont ( is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. An example is Harrison County, Mississippi, which lists both Biloxi and Gulfport as county seats. Harrison County is a County located in the US state of Mississippi. Gulfport is the second largest city in Mississippi after the state capital Jackson. The practice of multiple county seat towns dates from the days when travel was difficult. There have been few efforts to eliminate the two-seat arrangement, since a county seat is a source of pride (and jobs) for the towns involved. Connecticut and Rhode Island have no county level of government and thus no county seats. Connecticut ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. Rhode Island ( officially named the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the United States Vermont has its shire towns, but no county government to speak of, consisting only of a Superior Court and Sheriff (as an officer of the court). Vermont ( is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. The generic term officer of the court applies to all those who in some degree in function of their professional or similar qualifications have a legal part—and hence legal and Massachusetts has abolished a number of its counties and the state now operates the registries of deeds and sheriff's offices in those districts. Two counties in South Dakota, Shannon County, and Todd County, have their county seat and government services centered in a neighboring county. South Dakota ( is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States of America. Shannon County is a County located in the US state of South Dakota. } Todd County is a County located in the US state of South Dakota. Their county-level services are provided by Fall River County and Tripp County, respectively. Fall River County is a County located in the US state of South Dakota. Tripp County is a County located in the US state of South Dakota.
Though New York City is a single city, it stretches across five counties. The City of New York Often referred to as the boroughs of New York, each is also a separate geographic (unorganized) county, with city-sponsored borough officials. The five counties that compose New York City are Bronx County (Bronx), Kings County (Brooklyn), New York County (Manhattan), Queens County (Queens), and Richmond County (Staten Island). Brooklyn (named after the Dutch town Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York Staten Island (ˌstætənˈaɪlənd is a borough of New York City situated primarily on the island of the same name The "county seats" of Richmond and Queens County are effectively neighborhoods, though they correspond roughly to the location of borough hall.
In Virginia, there are (since 2001) 39 independent cities, which are legally distinct from the counties that surround them. The Commonwealth of Virginia ( is an American state An independent city is a City that does not form part of another general-purpose Local government entity An independent city interacts with the commonwealth (state) government directly whereas towns, the only other type of municipal government authority in Virginia, do so through the county government apparatus. In many of Virginia's counties, the county government offices are located within the independent cities of their neighboring counties. Also, for certain statistical purposes, some independent cities are considered part of the county from which they separated. For example, the City of Fairfax is separate from Fairfax County, the county's offices lie within the city, and the city is combined with Fairfax County statistically. This article refers to the independent city of Fairfax Va For the surrounding unincorporated area of Fairfax County with a Fairfax postal address please see Fairfax County Virginia Fairfax County is a county in Northern Virginia, in the United States.
Similarly, the city of Baltimore, Maryland is also an independent city, and much like Fairfax, surrounded on three sides by a county of the same name. However, unlike Fairfax, "Baltimore City", as it is officially known, is not politically or statistically connected with surrounding Baltimore County. Besides Baltimore City and the independent cities of Virginia, there are only two other independent cities in the United States: St. Louis, Missouri; and Carson City, Nevada. Missouri ( or) is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee Nevada ( is a state located in the western region of the United States of America.
Similar to Virginia, the Canadian province of Ontario has 17 separated municipalities which are municipalities that interact directly with the province without an intermediary county. In the Canadian province of Ontario, municipalities operate in various hierarchies Although administratively and legally separate from the county, many of these cities still serve as the seat of the county that surrounds them. Ontario also has several single-tier municipalities, many of which serve as a single county government with no lower municipal governments below it. In the Canadian province of Ontario, there are three different types of Census divisions: single-tier municipalities upper-tier municipalities (which can In these cases, the county effectively is the local government in these areas, with a community in the county assigned as the seat, even though it has no municipal government of its own.