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12/09/2008

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Kristi

Kentucky has 120 counties because when the state was divided up the legislators wanted every citizen to be able to reach the county seat within a day's travel. For the poor of the day the primary mode of travel was by foot. Therefore the counties are small and numerous.

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are still called "county" where state function is involved, e.g., "New York County Courthouse", not "Manhattan". The county names correlate to the borough names respectively as New York County, Bronx County, Queens County, Kings County, and Richmond County.

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New York has a unique system where 57 of its 62 counties are administrative divisions of the state, with normal county executive powers; while the remaining five are administrative divisions of the City of Greater New York. These five are each called borough in context of City government - Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island (formerly Richmond); but are still called "county" where state function is involved, e.g., "New York County Courthouse", not "Manhattan". The county names correlate to the borough names respectively as New York County, Bronx County, Queens County, Kings County, and Richmond County.

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Louisiana has entities equivalent to counties called parishes. Alaska is divided into boroughs, which typically provide fewer local services than do most U.S. counties, as the state government furnishes many services directly. Some of Alaska's boroughs have merged geographical boundaries and administrative functions with their principal (and sometimes only) 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. Nevertheless, Alaska considers such entities to be boroughs, not cities. Alaska is also unique in that more than half the geographic area of the state is in the "Unorganized Borough", a legal entity in which the state also functions as the local government.

TooMuchTime

If you check the map, just as with the eastern portion of the country having smaller state sizes and a larger number of states, you will see that the counties within those smaller states are also smaller in size. The western states are larger in size as are the counties they contain.

It made no sense to break up parts of, say Nevada, into multiple small counties when the population density didn't warrant it.

Sotosoroto

So Alaska should be listed as 17? But if they're counting all the independent cities in the other states, why not count the independent cities in Alaska? Why change the rules? Since there are 96 cities in the Unorganized Borough, that would put the number to 112.

TerryN

I thought Louisiana had parrishes?

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Whoo, we're number 3.


Sotosoroto, read the article, it takes note of that.

Sotosoroto

Alaska doesn't have 27 counties. In fact, they don't have any. They don't even have an equivilent. They have incorporated cities and . . . the rest of the state, divided into census tracts for the federal government's benefit.

. . . I guess you can't trust Wikipedia.

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