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County (United States)_table_infobox_0

CountyCounty (United States)_header_cell_0_0_0
CategoryCounty (United States)_header_cell_0_1_0 Second-level administrative divisionCounty (United States)_cell_0_1_1
LocationCounty (United States)_header_cell_0_2_0 States, federal district and territories of the United States of AmericaCounty (United States)_cell_0_2_1
Found inCounty (United States)_header_cell_0_3_0 StateCounty (United States)_cell_0_3_1
NumberCounty (United States)_header_cell_0_4_0 3,243 (including 136 county equivalents in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the 100 county equivalents in the U.S. territories)County (United States)_cell_0_4_1
PopulationsCounty (United States)_header_cell_0_5_0 Greatest: Los Angeles County, California—10,039,107 (2019)

Least: Kalawao County, Hawaii—86 (2019) 8 entities (county equivalents)—0 (2019) Average: 104,435 (2019)County (United States)_cell_0_5_1

AreasCounty (United States)_header_cell_0_6_0 Largest: San Bernardino County, California—20,057 sq mi (51,950 km)
Yukon–Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska (county equivalent)—145,505 sq mi (376,860 km)

Smallest: Kalawao County, Hawaii—12 sq mi (31 km) Falls Church, Virginia (county equivalent)—2 sq mi (5.2 km) Smallest (including territories): Kingman Reef (county equivalent)—0.01 sq mi (0.026 km) Average: 1,208 sq mi (3,130 km)County (United States)_cell_0_6_1

GovernmentCounty (United States)_header_cell_0_7_0 Groups:

County commission, Board of Commissioners, Board of Supervisors (AZ, CA, IA, MS, VA, WI) County council (WA), Commissioners' Court (TX), Board of chosen freeholders (NJ), Fiscal Court (KY), Police Jury (LA) Individuals:

County executive, County manager, Sole commissioner (GA), County mayor, County administrator, County JudgeCounty (United States)_cell_0_7_1

SubdivisionsCounty (United States)_header_cell_0_8_0 Township, City, HundredCounty (United States)_cell_0_8_1

In the United States, a county is an administrative or political subdivision of a state that consists of a geographic region with specific boundaries and usually some level of governmental authority. County (United States)_sentence_0

The term "county" is used in 48 U.S. states, while Louisiana and Alaska have functionally equivalent subdivisions called parishes and boroughs, respectively. County (United States)_sentence_1

The specific governmental powers of counties vary widely between the states. County (United States)_sentence_2

Counties have significant functions in all states except Rhode Island and Connecticut, where county governments have been abolished but the entities remain for administrative or statistical purposes. County (United States)_sentence_3

Massachusetts has removed most government functions from eight of its 14 counties. County (United States)_sentence_4

The number of counties per state ranges from the three counties of Delaware to the 254 counties of Texas. County (United States)_sentence_5

Most counties have subdivisions which may include townships, municipalities and unincorporated areas. County (United States)_sentence_6

Others have no further divisions, or may serve as a consolidated city-county where a city and a county have been merged into a unified jurisdiction. County (United States)_sentence_7

Some municipalities are in multiple counties; New York City is uniquely partitioned into five counties, referred to at the city government level as boroughs. County (United States)_sentence_8

Conversely, the independent cities of the states of Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, and Nevada are municipalities that do not legally belong to any county, but may still function as if they were consolidated city-counties. County (United States)_sentence_9

The United States Census Bureau uses the term "county equivalent" to describe places that are comparable to counties, but called by different names. County (United States)_sentence_10

Louisiana parishes, the organized boroughs of Alaska, independent cities, and the District of Columbia are equivalent to counties for administrative purposes. County (United States)_sentence_11

Alaska's Unorganized Borough, a 323,440-square-mile (837,700 km) area that has no county equivalent government, is further divided into 11 census areas that are statistically equivalent to counties. County (United States)_sentence_12

Territories of the United States do not have counties; instead, the United States Census Bureau also divides them into county equivalents. County (United States)_sentence_13

The U.S. Census Bureau counts American Samoa's districts and atolls as county-equivalents. County (United States)_sentence_14

American Samoa locally has places called "counties", but these entities are considered to be "minor civil divisions" (not true counties) by the U.S. Census Bureau. County (United States)_sentence_15

As of 2020, there are currently 3,143 counties and county-equivalents in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. County (United States)_sentence_16

If the 100 county equivalents in the U.S. County (United States)_sentence_17 territories are counted, then the total is 3,243 counties and county-equivalents in the United States. County (United States)_sentence_18

The county with the largest population, Los Angeles County (10,039,107), and the county with the largest land area, San Bernardino County, border each other in Southern California (however, eleven boroughs in Alaska are larger in area than San Bernardino). County (United States)_sentence_19

History County (United States)_section_0

The origin of the American counties are in the counties of England. County (United States)_sentence_20

English (after 1707 British) colonists brought to their colonies in North America a political subdivision that they already used in the British metropolis: the counties. County (United States)_sentence_21

Counties were among the earliest units of local government established in the Thirteen Colonies that would become the United States. County (United States)_sentence_22

Virginia created the first counties in order to ease the administrative workload in Jamestown. County (United States)_sentence_23

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. County (United States)_sentence_24

America's oldest intact county court records can be found at Eastville, Virginia, in Northampton (originally Accomac) County, dating to 1632. County (United States)_sentence_25

Maryland established its first county, St. County (United States)_sentence_26 Mary's, in 1637, and Massachusetts followed in 1643. County (United States)_sentence_27

Pennsylvania and New York delegated significant power and responsibility from the colony government to county governments and thereby established a pattern for most of the United States, although counties remained relatively weak in New England. County (United States)_sentence_28

When independence came, "the framers of the Constitution did not provide for local governments. County (United States)_sentence_29

Rather, they left the matter to the states. County (United States)_sentence_30

Subsequently, early state constitutions generally conceptualized county government as an arm of the state." County (United States)_sentence_31

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. County (United States)_sentence_32

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". County (United States)_sentence_33

The county may or may not be able to override its townships on certain matters, depending on state law. County (United States)_sentence_34

The newest county in the United States is the city and county of Broomfield, Colorado, established in 2001 as a consolidated city-county, previously part of four counties. County (United States)_sentence_35

The newest county-equivalents are the Alaskan boroughs of Skagway established in 2007, Wrangell established in 2008, and Petersburg established in 2013. County (United States)_sentence_36

County variations County (United States)_section_1

Consolidated city-counties County (United States)_section_2

Main article: Consolidated city-county County (United States)_sentence_37

A consolidated city-county is simultaneously a city, which is a municipality (municipal corporation), and a county, which is an administrative division of a state, having the powers and responsibilities of both types of entities. County (United States)_sentence_38

There are 40 consolidated city-counties in the U.S., including Augusta, Georgia; Denver, Colorado; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacksonville, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; Lexington, Kentucky; Kansas City, Kansas; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and San Francisco, California. County (United States)_sentence_39

Similarly, some of Alaska's boroughs have merged with their principal cities creating unified city-boroughs. County (United States)_sentence_40

Some such consolidations and mergers have created cities that rank among the geographically largest cities in the world, though often with population densities far below those of most urban areas. County (United States)_sentence_41

County equivalents County (United States)_section_3

The term county equivalents is used by the United States Census Bureau to describe divisions that are comparable to counties but called by different names: County (United States)_sentence_42

County (United States)_unordered_list_0

  • Alaska census areas: Most of the land area of Alaska is not contained within any of Alaska's 19 organized boroughs. This vast area, larger than France and Germany combined, is officially referred to by the Alaska state government as the Unorganized Borough and outside of other incorporated borough limits, has no independent "county" government, although several incorporated city governments exist within its boundaries; the majority of it is governed and run by the State of Alaska as an extension of state government. The United States Census Bureau, in cooperation with the Alaska state government for census and electoral districting purposes, has divided the Unorganized Borough into 11 census areas for statistical purposes only.County (United States)_item_0_0
  • Louisiana parishes: The usage of the term parish for a territorial entity or local government in Louisiana dates back to both the Spanish colonial and French colonial periods when the land was dominated by the Catholic Church. New Orleans is a consolidated city-parish.County (United States)_item_0_1
  • Independent cities: These are cities that legally belong to no county. They differ from consolidated city-counties in that in the case of a consolidated city-county, the county at least nominally exists, whereas in the case of an independent city, no county even nominally exists. As of July 2013, there are 41 such cities in the United States, including Baltimore, Maryland; Carson City, Nevada; St. Louis, Missouri; and all 38 cities in Virginia, where any area incorporated as a city is outside of the county jurisdiction.County (United States)_item_0_2
  • Washington, D.C., outside the jurisdiction of any state, has a special status. The City of Washington comprises the entirety of the District of Columbia, which, in accordance with Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress. When founded in 1801, the District consisted of two counties and three cities. In 1846, Alexandria County (which now forms Arlington County and a portion of the independent city of Alexandria)—including the then City of Alexandria—was given back to Virginia. In 1871, the three remaining entities—the City of Washington, City of Georgetown, and Washington County (which was coterminous with the District)—were merged into a consolidated government of District of Columbia by an act of Congress. Georgetown was abolished as a city by another act in 1895.County (United States)_item_0_3

Consolidated city-counties are not designated county-equivalents for administrative purposes; since both the city and the county at least nominally exist, they are properly classified as counties in their own right. County (United States)_sentence_43

The same is true of the boroughs of New York City, each of which is coextensive with a county of New York State. County (United States)_sentence_44

Territories County (United States)_section_4

There are technically no counties in U.S. territories. County (United States)_sentence_45

American Samoa has its own counties, but the U.S. Census Bureau does not count them as counties (instead, the U.S. Census Bureau counts American Samoa's three districts and two atolls as county equivalents). County (United States)_sentence_46

American Samoa's counties are treated as minor civil divisions. County (United States)_sentence_47

Most territories are directly divided into municipalities or similar units, which are treated as equivalent of counties for statistical purposes: County (United States)_sentence_48

County (United States)_unordered_list_1

The U.S. Census Bureau counts all of Guam as one county-equivalent (with the FIPS code 66010), while the USGS counts Guam's election districts (villages) as county-equivalents. County (United States)_sentence_49

The U.S. Census Bureau counts the 3 main islands in the U.S. County (United States)_sentence_50 Virgin Islands as county-equivalents, while the USGS counts the districts of the U.S. Virgin Islands (of which there are 2) as county-equivalents. County (United States)_sentence_51

County names County (United States)_section_5

See also: Lists of U.S. county name etymologies County (United States)_sentence_52

Common sources of county names are names of people, geographic features, places in other states or countries, and animals. County (United States)_sentence_53

Quite a few counties bear names of Native American, French, or Spanish origin. County (United States)_sentence_54

Counties are most often named for people, often political figures or early settlers, with over 2,100 of the 3,144 total so named. County (United States)_sentence_55

The most common county name, with 31, is Washington County, for America's first president, George Washington. County (United States)_sentence_56

Up until 1871, there was a Washington County within the District of Columbia, but it was dissolved by the District of Columbia Organic Act. County (United States)_sentence_57

Jefferson County, for Thomas Jefferson, is next with 26. County (United States)_sentence_58

The most recent president to have a county named for him was Warren G. Harding, reflecting the slowing rate of county creation since New Mexico and Arizona became states in 1912. County (United States)_sentence_59

The most common names for counties not named after a president are Franklin (25), Clay (18), and Montgomery (18). County (United States)_sentence_60

After people, the next most common source of county names are geographic features and locations, with some counties even being named after counties in other states, or for places in countries such as the United Kingdom. County (United States)_sentence_61

The most common geographic county name is Lake. County (United States)_sentence_62

Words from Native American languages, as well as the names of Native American leaders and tribes, lend their names to many counties. County (United States)_sentence_63

Quite a few counties bear names of French or Spanish origin, such as Marquette County being named after French missionary Father Jacques Marquette. County (United States)_sentence_64

The county's equivalent in the state of Louisiana, the parish (Fr. paroisse civile and Sp. parroquia) took its name during the state's French and Spanish colonial periods. County (United States)_sentence_65

Before the Louisiana Purchase and granting of statehood, government was often administered in towns where major church parishes were located. County (United States)_sentence_66

Of the original 19 civil parishes of Louisiana that date from statehood in 1807, nine were named after the Roman Catholic parishes from which they were governed. County (United States)_sentence_67

County government County (United States)_section_6

Organization County (United States)_section_7

The structure and powers of a county government may be defined by the general law of the state or by a charter specific to that county. County (United States)_sentence_68

States may allow only general-law counties, only charter counties, or both. County (United States)_sentence_69

Generally, general-law local governments have less autonomy than chartered local governments. County (United States)_sentence_70

Counties are usually governed by an elected body, variously called the county commission, board of supervisors, commissioners' court, county council, board of chosen freeholders, county court, or county Legislature. County (United States)_sentence_71

In cases in which a consolidated city-county or independent city exists, a City Council usually governs city/county or city affairs. County (United States)_sentence_72

In some counties, day-to-day operations are overseen by an elected county executive or by a chief administrative officer or county administrator who reports to the board, the mayor, or both. County (United States)_sentence_73

In many states, the board in charge of a county holds powers that transcend all three traditional branches of government. County (United States)_sentence_74

It has the legislative power to enact ordinances for the county; it has the executive power to oversee the executive operations of county government; and it has quasi-judicial power with regard to certain limited matters (such as hearing appeals from the planning commission if one exists). County (United States)_sentence_75

In many states, several important officials are elected separately from the board of commissioners or supervisors and cannot be fired by the board. County (United States)_sentence_76

These positions may include county clerk, county treasurer, county surrogate, sheriff, and others. County (United States)_sentence_77

District attorneys or state attorneys are usually state-level as opposed to county-level officials, but in many states, counties and state judicial districts have coterminous boundaries. County (United States)_sentence_78

The site of a county's administration, and often the county courthouse, is generally called the county seat ("parish seat" in Louisiana, "borough seat" in Alaska, or "shire town" in several New England counties). County (United States)_sentence_79

The county seat usually resides in a municipality. County (United States)_sentence_80

However, some counties may have multiple seats or no seat. County (United States)_sentence_81

In some counties with no incorporated municipalities, a large settlement may serve as the county seat. County (United States)_sentence_82

Scope of power County (United States)_section_8

The power of county governments varies widely from state to state, as does the relationship between counties and incorporated cities. County (United States)_sentence_83

The powers of counties arise from state law and vary widely. County (United States)_sentence_84

In Connecticut and Rhode Island, counties are geographic entities, but not governmental jurisdictions. County (United States)_sentence_85

At the other extreme, Maryland counties and the county-equivalent City of Baltimore handle almost all services, including public education, although the state retains an active oversight authority with many of these services. County (United States)_sentence_86

In most Midwestern and Northeastern states, counties are further subdivided into townships or towns, which sometimes exercise local powers or administration. County (United States)_sentence_87

Throughout the United States, counties may contain other independent, self-governing municipalities. County (United States)_sentence_88

Minimal scope County (United States)_section_9

In New England, counties function at most as judicial court districts and sheriff's departments (presently, in Connecticut only as judicial court districts—and in Rhode Island, they have lost both those functions and most others but they are still used by the United States Census Bureau and some other federal governmental agency's for some federal functions ), and most of the governmental authority below the state level is in the hands of towns and cities. County (United States)_sentence_89

In several of Maine's sparsely populated counties, small towns rely on the county for law enforcement, and in New Hampshire several social programs are administered at the state level. County (United States)_sentence_90

In Connecticut, Rhode Island, and parts of Massachusetts, counties are now only geographic designations, and they do not have any governmental powers. County (United States)_sentence_91

All government is either done at the state level or at the municipal level. County (United States)_sentence_92

In Connecticut and parts of Massachusetts, regional councils have been established to partially fill the void left behind by the abolished county governments. County (United States)_sentence_93

The regional councils' authority is limited compared with a county government—they have authority only over infrastructure and land use planning, distribution of state and federal funds for infrastructure projects, emergency preparedness, and limited law enforcement duties. County (United States)_sentence_94

Moderate scope County (United States)_section_10

In the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, counties typically provide, at a minimum, courts, public utilities, libraries, hospitals, public health services, parks, roads, law enforcement, and jails. County (United States)_sentence_95

There is usually a county registrar, recorder, or clerk (the exact title varies) who collects vital statistics, holds elections (sometimes in coordination with a separate elections office or commission), and prepares or processes certificates of births, deaths, marriages, and dissolutions (divorce decrees). County (United States)_sentence_96

The county recorder normally maintains the official record of all real estate transactions. County (United States)_sentence_97

Other key county officials include the coroner/medical examiner, treasurer, assessor, auditor, comptroller, and district attorney. County (United States)_sentence_98

In most states, the county sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in the county. County (United States)_sentence_99

However, except in major emergencies where clear chains of command are essential, the county sheriff normally does not directly control the police departments of city governments, but merely cooperates with them (e.g., under mutual aid pacts). County (United States)_sentence_100

Thus, the most common interaction between county and city law enforcement personnel is when city police officers deliver suspects to sheriff's deputies for detention or incarceration in the county jail. County (United States)_sentence_101

In most states, the state courts and local law enforcement are organized and implemented along county boundaries, but nearly all of the substantive and procedural law adjudicated in state trial courts originates from the state legislature and state appellate courts. County (United States)_sentence_102

In other words, most criminal defendants are prosecuted for violations of state law, not local ordinances, and if they, the district attorney, or police seek reforms to the criminal justice system, they will usually have to direct their efforts towards the state legislature rather than the county (which merely implements state law). County (United States)_sentence_103

A typical criminal defendant will be arraigned and subsequently indicted or held over for trial before a trial court in and for a particular county where the crime occurred, kept in the county jail (if he is not granted bail or cannot make bail), prosecuted by the county's district attorney, and tried before a jury selected from that county. County (United States)_sentence_104

But long-term incarceration is rarely a county responsibility, execution of capital punishment is never a county responsibility, and the state's responses to prisoners' appeals are the responsibility of the state attorney general, who has to defend before the state appellate courts the prosecutions conducted by locally elected district attorneys in the name of the state. County (United States)_sentence_105

Furthermore, county-level trial court judges are officers of the judicial branch of the state government rather than county governments. County (United States)_sentence_106

In many states, the county controls all unincorporated lands within its boundaries. County (United States)_sentence_107

In states with a township tier, unincorporated land is controlled by the townships. County (United States)_sentence_108

Residents of unincorporated land who are dissatisfied with county-level or township-level resource allocation decisions can attempt to vote to incorporate as a city, town, or village. County (United States)_sentence_109

A few counties directly provide public transportation themselves, usually in the form of a simple bus system. County (United States)_sentence_110

However, in most counties, public transportation is provided by one of the following: a special district that is coterminous with the county (but exists separately from the county government), a multi-county regional transit authority, or a state agency. County (United States)_sentence_111

Broad scope County (United States)_section_11

In western and southern states, more populated counties provide many facilities, such as airports, convention centers, museums, recreation centers, beaches, harbors, zoos, clinics, law libraries, and public housing. County (United States)_sentence_112

They provide services such as child and family services, elder services, mental health services, welfare services, veterans assistance services, animal control, probation supervision, historic preservation, food safety regulation, and environmental health services. County (United States)_sentence_113

They have many additional officials like public defenders, arts commissioners, human rights commissioners, and planning commissioners. County (United States)_sentence_114

There may be a county fire department and a county police department – as distinguished from fire and police departments operated by individual cities, special districts, or the state government. County (United States)_sentence_115

For example, Gwinnett County, Georgia, and its county seat, the city of Lawrenceville, each have their own police departments. County (United States)_sentence_116

(A separate county sheriff's department is responsible for security of the county courts and administration of the county jail.) County (United States)_sentence_117

In several southern states, public school systems are organized and administered at the county level. County (United States)_sentence_118

Statistics County (United States)_section_12

Main article: County statistics of the United States County (United States)_sentence_119

Further information: List of United States counties and county-equivalents County (United States)_sentence_120

As of 2016, there were 3,007 counties, 64 parishes, 19 organized boroughs, 11 census areas, 41 independent cities, and the District of Columbia for a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents in the 50 states and District of Columbia. County (United States)_sentence_121

There are an additional 100 county equivalents in the territories of the United States. County (United States)_sentence_122

The average number of counties per state is 62, with a range from the three counties of Delaware to the 254 counties of Texas. County (United States)_sentence_123

Southern and Midwestern states generally tend to have more counties than Western or Northeastern states, as many Northeastern states are not large enough in area to warrant a large number of counties, and many Western states were sparsely populated when counties were created. County (United States)_sentence_124

The five counties of Rhode Island, the eight counties of Connecticut, and eight of the 14 counties of Massachusetts no longer have functional county governments, but continue to exist as legal and census entities. County (United States)_sentence_125

County (United States)_table_general_1

The counties and county-equivalents of the United States of America, by state or territoryCounty (United States)_table_caption_1
State, federal district
or territoryCounty (United States)_header_cell_1_0_0
TotalCounty (United States)_header_cell_1_0_1 SubdivisionsCounty (United States)_header_cell_1_0_3 AverageCounty (United States)_header_cell_1_0_6
2019 populationCounty (United States)_header_cell_1_1_0 Land areaCounty (United States)_header_cell_1_1_1 CountiesCounty (United States)_header_cell_1_1_2 EquivalentsCounty (United States)_header_cell_1_1_3 TotalCounty (United States)_header_cell_1_1_4 PopulationCounty (United States)_header_cell_1_1_5 Land areaCounty (United States)_header_cell_1_1_6
Alabama AlabamaCounty (United States)_cell_1_2_0 4,903,185County (United States)_cell_1_2_1 50,645 sq mi

131,171 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_2_2

67County (United States)_cell_1_2_3 County (United States)_cell_1_2_4 67County (United States)_cell_1_2_5 73,182County (United States)_cell_1_2_6 756 sq mi

1,958 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_2_7

Alaska AlaskaCounty (United States)_cell_1_3_0 731,545County (United States)_cell_1_3_1 570,641 sq mi

1,477,953 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_3_2

County (United States)_cell_1_3_3 30County (United States)_cell_1_3_4 30County (United States)_cell_1_3_5 24,385County (United States)_cell_1_3_6 19,677 sq mi

50,964 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_3_7

Arizona ArizonaCounty (United States)_cell_1_4_0 7,278,717County (United States)_cell_1_4_1 113,594 sq mi

294,207 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_4_2

15County (United States)_cell_1_4_3 County (United States)_cell_1_4_4 15County (United States)_cell_1_4_5 485,248County (United States)_cell_1_4_6 7,573 sq mi

19,614 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_4_7

Arkansas ArkansasCounty (United States)_cell_1_5_0 3,017,825County (United States)_cell_1_5_1 52,035 sq mi

134,771 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_5_2

75County (United States)_cell_1_5_3 County (United States)_cell_1_5_4 75County (United States)_cell_1_5_5 40,238County (United States)_cell_1_5_6 694 sq mi

1,797 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_5_7

California CaliforniaCounty (United States)_cell_1_6_0 39,512,223County (United States)_cell_1_6_1 155,779 sq mi

403,466 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_6_2

58County (United States)_cell_1_6_3 County (United States)_cell_1_6_4 58County (United States)_cell_1_6_5 681,245County (United States)_cell_1_6_6 2,686 sq mi

6,956 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_6_7

Colorado ColoradoCounty (United States)_cell_1_7_0 5,758,736County (United States)_cell_1_7_1 103,642 sq mi

268,431 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_7_2

64County (United States)_cell_1_7_3 County (United States)_cell_1_7_4 64County (United States)_cell_1_7_5 89,980County (United States)_cell_1_7_6 1,619 sq mi

4,194 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_7_7

Connecticut ConnecticutCounty (United States)_cell_1_8_0 3,565,287County (United States)_cell_1_8_1 4,842 sq mi

12,542 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_8_2

8County (United States)_cell_1_8_3 County (United States)_cell_1_8_4 8County (United States)_cell_1_8_5 445,661County (United States)_cell_1_8_6 605 sq mi

1,568 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_8_7

Delaware DelawareCounty (United States)_cell_1_9_0 973,764County (United States)_cell_1_9_1 1,949 sq mi

5,047 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_9_2

3County (United States)_cell_1_9_3 County (United States)_cell_1_9_4 3County (United States)_cell_1_9_5 324,588County (United States)_cell_1_9_6 650 sq mi

1,682 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_9_7

Washington,_D.C. District of ColumbiaCounty (United States)_cell_1_10_0 705,749County (United States)_cell_1_10_1 61 sq mi

158 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_10_2

County (United States)_cell_1_10_3 1County (United States)_cell_1_10_4 1County (United States)_cell_1_10_5 705,749County (United States)_cell_1_10_6 61 sq mi

158 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_10_7

Florida FloridaCounty (United States)_cell_1_11_0 21,477,737County (United States)_cell_1_11_1 53,625 sq mi

138,887 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_11_2

67County (United States)_cell_1_11_3 County (United States)_cell_1_11_4 67County (United States)_cell_1_11_5 320,563County (United States)_cell_1_11_6 800 sq mi

2,073 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_11_7

Georgia_(U.S._state) GeorgiaCounty (United States)_cell_1_12_0 10,617,423County (United States)_cell_1_12_1 57,513 sq mi

148,959 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_12_2

159County (United States)_cell_1_12_3 County (United States)_cell_1_12_4 159County (United States)_cell_1_12_5 66,776County (United States)_cell_1_12_6 362 sq mi

937 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_12_7

Hawaii HawaiiCounty (United States)_cell_1_13_0 1,415,872County (United States)_cell_1_13_1 6,423 sq mi

16,635 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_13_2

5County (United States)_cell_1_13_3 County (United States)_cell_1_13_4 5County (United States)_cell_1_13_5 283,174County (United States)_cell_1_13_6 1,285 sq mi

3,327 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_13_7

Idaho IdahoCounty (United States)_cell_1_14_0 1,787,065County (United States)_cell_1_14_1 82,643 sq mi

214,045 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_14_2

44County (United States)_cell_1_14_3 County (United States)_cell_1_14_4 44County (United States)_cell_1_14_5 40,615County (United States)_cell_1_14_6 1,878 sq mi

4,865 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_14_7

Illinois IllinoisCounty (United States)_cell_1_15_0 12,671,821County (United States)_cell_1_15_1 55,519 sq mi

143,793 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_15_2

102County (United States)_cell_1_15_3 County (United States)_cell_1_15_4 102County (United States)_cell_1_15_5 124,234County (United States)_cell_1_15_6 544 sq mi

1,410 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_15_7

Indiana IndianaCounty (United States)_cell_1_16_0 6,732,219County (United States)_cell_1_16_1 35,826 sq mi

92,789 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_16_2

92County (United States)_cell_1_16_3 County (United States)_cell_1_16_4 92County (United States)_cell_1_16_5 73,176County (United States)_cell_1_16_6 389 sq mi

1,009 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_16_7

Iowa IowaCounty (United States)_cell_1_17_0 3,155,070County (United States)_cell_1_17_1 55,857 sq mi

144,669 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_17_2

99County (United States)_cell_1_17_3 County (United States)_cell_1_17_4 99County (United States)_cell_1_17_5 31,869County (United States)_cell_1_17_6 564 sq mi

1,461 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_17_7

Kansas KansasCounty (United States)_cell_1_18_0 2,913,314County (United States)_cell_1_18_1 81,759 sq mi

211,754 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_18_2

105County (United States)_cell_1_18_3 County (United States)_cell_1_18_4 105County (United States)_cell_1_18_5 27,746County (United States)_cell_1_18_6 779 sq mi

2,017 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_18_7

Kentucky KentuckyCounty (United States)_cell_1_19_0 4,467,673County (United States)_cell_1_19_1 39,486 sq mi

102,269 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_19_2

120County (United States)_cell_1_19_3 County (United States)_cell_1_19_4 120County (United States)_cell_1_19_5 37,231County (United States)_cell_1_19_6 329 sq mi

852 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_19_7

Louisiana LouisianaCounty (United States)_cell_1_20_0 4,648,794County (United States)_cell_1_20_1 43,204 sq mi

111,898 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_20_2

County (United States)_cell_1_20_3 64County (United States)_cell_1_20_4 64County (United States)_cell_1_20_5 72,637County (United States)_cell_1_20_6 675 sq mi

1,748 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_20_7

Maine MaineCounty (United States)_cell_1_21_0 1,344,212County (United States)_cell_1_21_1 30,843 sq mi

79,883 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_21_2

16County (United States)_cell_1_21_3 County (United States)_cell_1_21_4 16County (United States)_cell_1_21_5 84,013County (United States)_cell_1_21_6 1,928 sq mi

4,993 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_21_7

Maryland MarylandCounty (United States)_cell_1_22_0 6,045,680County (United States)_cell_1_22_1 9,707 sq mi

25,142 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_22_2

23County (United States)_cell_1_22_3 1County (United States)_cell_1_22_4 24County (United States)_cell_1_22_5 251,903County (United States)_cell_1_22_6 404 sq mi

1,048 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_22_7

Massachusetts MassachusettsCounty (United States)_cell_1_23_0 6,949,503County (United States)_cell_1_23_1 7,800 sq mi

20,202 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_23_2

14County (United States)_cell_1_23_3 County (United States)_cell_1_23_4 14County (United States)_cell_1_23_5 496,393County (United States)_cell_1_23_6 557 sq mi

1,443 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_23_7

Michigan MichiganCounty (United States)_cell_1_24_0 9,986,857County (United States)_cell_1_24_1 56,539 sq mi

146,435 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_24_2

83County (United States)_cell_1_24_3 County (United States)_cell_1_24_4 83County (United States)_cell_1_24_5 120,324County (United States)_cell_1_24_6 681 sq mi

1,764 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_24_7

Minnesota MinnesotaCounty (United States)_cell_1_25_0 5,639,632County (United States)_cell_1_25_1 79,627 sq mi

206,232 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_25_2

87County (United States)_cell_1_25_3 County (United States)_cell_1_25_4 87County (United States)_cell_1_25_5 64,823County (United States)_cell_1_25_6 915 sq mi

2,370 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_25_7

Mississippi MississippiCounty (United States)_cell_1_26_0 2,976,149County (United States)_cell_1_26_1 46,923 sq mi

121,531 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_26_2

82County (United States)_cell_1_26_3 County (United States)_cell_1_26_4 82County (United States)_cell_1_26_5 36,295County (United States)_cell_1_26_6 572 sq mi

1,482 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_26_7

Missouri MissouriCounty (United States)_cell_1_27_0 6,137,428County (United States)_cell_1_27_1 68,742 sq mi

178,040 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_27_2

114County (United States)_cell_1_27_3 1County (United States)_cell_1_27_4 115County (United States)_cell_1_27_5 53,369County (United States)_cell_1_27_6 598 sq mi

1,548 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_27_7

Montana MontanaCounty (United States)_cell_1_28_0 1,068,778County (United States)_cell_1_28_1 145,546 sq mi

376,962 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_28_2

56County (United States)_cell_1_28_3 County (United States)_cell_1_28_4 56County (United States)_cell_1_28_5 19,085County (United States)_cell_1_28_6 2,599 sq mi

6,731 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_28_7

Nebraska NebraskaCounty (United States)_cell_1_29_0 1,934,408County (United States)_cell_1_29_1 76,824 sq mi

198,974 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_29_2

93County (United States)_cell_1_29_3 County (United States)_cell_1_29_4 93County (United States)_cell_1_29_5 20,800County (United States)_cell_1_29_6 826 sq mi

2,140 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_29_7

Nevada NevadaCounty (United States)_cell_1_30_0 3,080,156County (United States)_cell_1_30_1 109,781 sq mi

284,332 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_30_2

16County (United States)_cell_1_30_3 1County (United States)_cell_1_30_4 17County (United States)_cell_1_30_5 181,186County (United States)_cell_1_30_6 6,458 sq mi

16,725 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_30_7

New_Hampshire New HampshireCounty (United States)_cell_1_31_0 1,359,711County (United States)_cell_1_31_1 8,953 sq mi

23,187 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_31_2

10County (United States)_cell_1_31_3 County (United States)_cell_1_31_4 10County (United States)_cell_1_31_5 135,971County (United States)_cell_1_31_6 895 sq mi

2,319 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_31_7

New_Jersey New JerseyCounty (United States)_cell_1_32_0 8,882,190County (United States)_cell_1_32_1 7,354 sq mi

19,047 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_32_2

21County (United States)_cell_1_32_3 County (United States)_cell_1_32_4 21County (United States)_cell_1_32_5 422,961County (United States)_cell_1_32_6 350 sq mi

907 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_32_7

New_Mexico New MexicoCounty (United States)_cell_1_33_0 2,096,829County (United States)_cell_1_33_1 121,298 sq mi

314,161 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_33_2

33County (United States)_cell_1_33_3 County (United States)_cell_1_33_4 33County (United States)_cell_1_33_5 63,540County (United States)_cell_1_33_6 3,676 sq mi

9,520 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_33_7

New_York_(state) New YorkCounty (United States)_cell_1_34_0 19,453,561County (United States)_cell_1_34_1 47,126 sq mi

122,057 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_34_2

62County (United States)_cell_1_34_3 County (United States)_cell_1_34_4 62County (United States)_cell_1_34_5 313,767County (United States)_cell_1_34_6 760 sq mi

1,969 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_34_7

North_Carolina North CarolinaCounty (United States)_cell_1_35_0 10,488,084County (United States)_cell_1_35_1 48,618 sq mi

125,920 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_35_2

100County (United States)_cell_1_35_3 County (United States)_cell_1_35_4 100County (United States)_cell_1_35_5 104,881County (United States)_cell_1_35_6 486 sq mi

1,259 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_35_7

North_Dakota North DakotaCounty (United States)_cell_1_36_0 762,062County (United States)_cell_1_36_1 69,001 sq mi

178,711 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_36_2

53County (United States)_cell_1_36_3 County (United States)_cell_1_36_4 53County (United States)_cell_1_36_5 14,379County (United States)_cell_1_36_6 1,302 sq mi

3,372 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_36_7

Ohio OhioCounty (United States)_cell_1_37_0 11,689,100County (United States)_cell_1_37_1 40,861 sq mi

105,829 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_37_2

88County (United States)_cell_1_37_3 County (United States)_cell_1_37_4 88County (United States)_cell_1_37_5 132,831County (United States)_cell_1_37_6 464 sq mi

1,203 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_37_7

Oklahoma OklahomaCounty (United States)_cell_1_38_0 3,956,971County (United States)_cell_1_38_1 68,595 sq mi

177,660 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_38_2

77County (United States)_cell_1_38_3 County (United States)_cell_1_38_4 77County (United States)_cell_1_38_5 51,389County (United States)_cell_1_38_6 891 sq mi

2,307 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_38_7

Oregon OregonCounty (United States)_cell_1_39_0 4,217,737County (United States)_cell_1_39_1 95,988 sq mi

248,608 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_39_2

36County (United States)_cell_1_39_3 County (United States)_cell_1_39_4 36County (United States)_cell_1_39_5 117,159County (United States)_cell_1_39_6 2,666 sq mi

6,906 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_39_7

Pennsylvania PennsylvaniaCounty (United States)_cell_1_40_0 12,801,989County (United States)_cell_1_40_1 44,743 sq mi

115,883 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_40_2

67County (United States)_cell_1_40_3 County (United States)_cell_1_40_4 67County (United States)_cell_1_40_5 191,074County (United States)_cell_1_40_6 668 sq mi

1,730 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_40_7

Rhode_Island Rhode IslandCounty (United States)_cell_1_41_0 1,059,361County (United States)_cell_1_41_1 1,034 sq mi

2,678 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_41_2

5County (United States)_cell_1_41_3 County (United States)_cell_1_41_4 5County (United States)_cell_1_41_5 211,872County (United States)_cell_1_41_6 207 sq mi

536 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_41_7

South_Carolina South CarolinaCounty (United States)_cell_1_42_0 5,148,714County (United States)_cell_1_42_1 30,061 sq mi

77,857 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_42_2

46County (United States)_cell_1_42_3 County (United States)_cell_1_42_4 46County (United States)_cell_1_42_5 111,929County (United States)_cell_1_42_6 653 sq mi

1,693 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_42_7

South_Dakota South DakotaCounty (United States)_cell_1_43_0 884,659County (United States)_cell_1_43_1 75,811 sq mi

196,350 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_43_2

66County (United States)_cell_1_43_3 County (United States)_cell_1_43_4 66County (United States)_cell_1_43_5 13,404County (United States)_cell_1_43_6 1,149 sq mi

2,975 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_43_7

Tennessee TennesseeCounty (United States)_cell_1_44_0 6,833,174County (United States)_cell_1_44_1 41,235 sq mi

106,798 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_44_2

95County (United States)_cell_1_44_3 County (United States)_cell_1_44_4 95County (United States)_cell_1_44_5 71,928County (United States)_cell_1_44_6 434 sq mi

1,124 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_44_7

Texas TexasCounty (United States)_cell_1_45_0 28,995,881County (United States)_cell_1_45_1 261,232 sq mi

676,587 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_45_2

254County (United States)_cell_1_45_3 County (United States)_cell_1_45_4 254County (United States)_cell_1_45_5 114,157County (United States)_cell_1_45_6 1,028 sq mi

2,664 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_45_7

Utah UtahCounty (United States)_cell_1_46_0 3,205,958County (United States)_cell_1_46_1 82,170 sq mi

212,818 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_46_2

29County (United States)_cell_1_46_3 County (United States)_cell_1_46_4 29County (United States)_cell_1_46_5 110,550County (United States)_cell_1_46_6 2,833 sq mi

7,339 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_46_7

Vermont VermontCounty (United States)_cell_1_47_0 623,989County (United States)_cell_1_47_1 9,217 sq mi

23,871 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_47_2

14County (United States)_cell_1_47_3 County (United States)_cell_1_47_4 14County (United States)_cell_1_47_5 44,571County (United States)_cell_1_47_6 658 sq mi

1,705 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_47_7

Virginia VirginiaCounty (United States)_cell_1_48_0 8,535,519County (United States)_cell_1_48_1 39,490 sq mi

102,279 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_48_2

95County (United States)_cell_1_48_3 38County (United States)_cell_1_48_4 133County (United States)_cell_1_48_5 64,177County (United States)_cell_1_48_6 295 sq mi

763 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_48_7

Washington_(state) WashingtonCounty (United States)_cell_1_49_0 7,614,893County (United States)_cell_1_49_1 66,456 sq mi

172,119 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_49_2

39County (United States)_cell_1_49_3 County (United States)_cell_1_49_4 39County (United States)_cell_1_49_5 195,254County (United States)_cell_1_49_6 1,704 sq mi

4,413 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_49_7

West_Virginia West VirginiaCounty (United States)_cell_1_50_0 1,792,147County (United States)_cell_1_50_1 24,038 sq mi

62,259 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_50_2

55County (United States)_cell_1_50_3 County (United States)_cell_1_50_4 55County (United States)_cell_1_50_5 32,584County (United States)_cell_1_50_6 437 sq mi

1,132 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_50_7

Wisconsin WisconsinCounty (United States)_cell_1_51_0 5,822,434County (United States)_cell_1_51_1 54,158 sq mi

140,268 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_51_2

72County (United States)_cell_1_51_3 County (United States)_cell_1_51_4 72County (United States)_cell_1_51_5 80,867County (United States)_cell_1_51_6 752 sq mi

1,948 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_51_7

Wyoming WyomingCounty (United States)_cell_1_52_0 578,759County (United States)_cell_1_52_1 97,093 sq mi

251,470 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_52_2

23County (United States)_cell_1_52_3 County (United States)_cell_1_52_4 23County (United States)_cell_1_52_5 25,163County (United States)_cell_1_52_6 4,221 sq mi

10,933 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_52_7

United States
(50 states and the District of Columbia)County (United States)_cell_1_53_0
328,239,523County (United States)_cell_1_53_1 3,531,905 sq mi

9,147,592 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_53_2

3,007County (United States)_cell_1_53_3 136County (United States)_cell_1_53_4 3,143County (United States)_cell_1_53_5 104,435County (United States)_cell_1_53_6 1,124 sq mi

2,910 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_53_7

American_Samoa American SamoaCounty (United States)_cell_1_54_0 51,504County (United States)_cell_1_54_1 77 sq mi

199 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_54_2

County (United States)_cell_1_54_3 5County (United States)_cell_1_54_4 5County (United States)_cell_1_54_5 11,104County (United States)_cell_1_54_6 15 sq mi

40 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_54_7

Guam GuamCounty (United States)_cell_1_55_0 162,742County (United States)_cell_1_55_1 210 sq mi

540 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_55_2

County (United States)_cell_1_55_3 1County (United States)_cell_1_55_4 1County (United States)_cell_1_55_5 162,742County (United States)_cell_1_55_6 210 sq mi

540 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_55_7

Northern_Mariana_Islands Northern Mariana IslandsCounty (United States)_cell_1_56_0 52,263County (United States)_cell_1_56_1 179 sq mi

464 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_56_2

County (United States)_cell_1_56_3 4County (United States)_cell_1_56_4 4County (United States)_cell_1_56_5 13,066County (United States)_cell_1_56_6 45 sq mi

116 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_56_7

Puerto_Rico Puerto RicoCounty (United States)_cell_1_57_0 3,193,694County (United States)_cell_1_57_1 3,515 sq mi

9,104 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_57_2

County (United States)_cell_1_57_3 78County (United States)_cell_1_57_4 78County (United States)_cell_1_57_5 40,945County (United States)_cell_1_57_6 45 sq mi

116 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_57_7

United_States U.S. Minor Outlying IslandsCounty (United States)_cell_1_58_0 160County (United States)_cell_1_58_1 13 sq mi

34 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_58_2

County (United States)_cell_1_58_3 9County (United States)_cell_1_58_4 9County (United States)_cell_1_58_5 18County (United States)_cell_1_58_6 1 sq mi

4 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_58_7

United_States_Virgin_Islands U.S. Virgin IslandsCounty (United States)_cell_1_59_0 104,901County (United States)_cell_1_59_1 134 sq mi

346 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_59_2

County (United States)_cell_1_59_3 3County (United States)_cell_1_59_4 3County (United States)_cell_1_59_5 34,967County (United States)_cell_1_59_6 45 sq mi

115 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_59_7

United States
(50 states, the District of Columbia,
and territories)County (United States)_cell_1_60_0
330,744,054County (United States)_cell_1_60_1 3,535,948 sq mi

9,158,064 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_60_2

3,007County (United States)_cell_1_60_3 236County (United States)_cell_1_60_4 3,243County (United States)_cell_1_60_5 101,987County (United States)_cell_1_60_6 1,091 sq mi

2,825 kmCounty (United States)_cell_1_60_7

Population County (United States)_section_13

The average U.S. county population was over 100,000 in 2019. County (United States)_sentence_126

The most populous county is Los Angeles County, California, with 10,039,107 residents in 2019. County (United States)_sentence_127

This number is greater than the populations of 41 U.S. states. County (United States)_sentence_128

It also makes the population of Los Angeles County 17.4 times greater than that of the least populous state, Wyoming. County (United States)_sentence_129

The second most populous county is Cook County, Illinois, with a population of 5,150,233. County (United States)_sentence_130

Cook County's population is larger than that of 28 individual U.S. County (United States)_sentence_131 states and the combined populations of the six smallest states. County (United States)_sentence_132

The least populous county is Kalawao County, Hawaii, with 86 residents in 2019. County (United States)_sentence_133

Eight county-equivalents in the U.S. County (United States)_sentence_134 territories have no human population: Rose Atoll, Northern Islands Municipality, Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, and Navassa Island. County (United States)_sentence_135

The remaining three islands in the U.S. County (United States)_sentence_136 Minor Outlying Islands (Midway Atoll, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Island) have small non-permanent human populations. County (United States)_sentence_137

The county-equivalent with the smallest non-zero population counted in the census is Swains Island, American Samoa (17 people), although since 2008 this population has not been permanent either. County (United States)_sentence_138

The most densely populated county or county-equivalent is New York County, New York (coextensive with the New York City Borough of Manhattan), with 72,033 persons per square mile (27,812/km) in 2015. County (United States)_sentence_139

The Yukon–Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska, is both the most extensive and the least densely populated county or county-equivalent with 0.0380 persons per square mile (0.0147/km) in 2015. County (United States)_sentence_140

In the 50 states (plus District of Columbia), a total of 981 counties have a population over 50,000; 592 counties have a population over 100,000; 137 counties have a population over 500,000; 45 counties have a population over 1,000,000; and 14 counties have a population over 2,000,000. County (United States)_sentence_141

At the other extreme, 35 counties have a population under 1,000; 307 counties have a population under 5,000; 709 counties have a population under 10,000; and 1,492 counties have a population between 10,000 and 50,000. County (United States)_sentence_142

Area County (United States)_section_14

At the 2000 U.S. Census, the median land area of U.S. counties was 622 sq mi (1,610 km), which is two-thirds of the median land area of a ceremonial county of England, and a little more than a quarter of the median land area of a French département. County (United States)_sentence_143

Counties in the western United States typically have a much larger land area than those in the eastern United States. County (United States)_sentence_144

For example, the median land area of counties in Georgia is 343 sq mi (890 km), whereas in Utah it is 2,427 sq mi (6,290 km). County (United States)_sentence_145

The most extensive county or county-equivalent is the Yukon–Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska, with a land area of 145,505 square miles (376,856 km). County (United States)_sentence_146

All nine of the most extensive county-equivalents are in Alaska. County (United States)_sentence_147

The most extensive county is San Bernardino County, California, with a land area of 20,057 square miles (51,947 km). County (United States)_sentence_148

The least extensive county is Kalawao County, Hawaii, with a land area of 11.991 square miles (31.058 km). County (United States)_sentence_149

The least extensive county-equivalent in the 50 states is the independent City of Falls Church, Virginia, with a land area of 1.999 square miles (5.177 km). County (United States)_sentence_150

If U.S. territories are included, the least extensive county-equivalent is Kingman Reef, with a land area of 0.01 square miles (0.03 km). County (United States)_sentence_151

Geographic relationships between cities and counties County (United States)_section_15

In some states, a municipality may be in only one county and may not annex territory in adjacent counties, but in the majority of states, the state constitution or state law allows municipalities to extend across county boundaries. County (United States)_sentence_152

At least 32 states include municipalities in multiple counties. County (United States)_sentence_153

Dallas and Oklahoma City, for example, both contain portions of five counties. County (United States)_sentence_154

New York City is an unusual case because it encompasses multiple entire counties in one city. County (United States)_sentence_155

Each of those counties is coextensive with one of the five boroughs of the city: Manhattan (New York County), The Bronx (Bronx County), Queens (Queens County), Brooklyn (Kings County), and Staten Island (Richmond County). County (United States)_sentence_156

See also County (United States)_section_16

County (United States)_unordered_list_2

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