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County seat Meaning
County seat Meaning
Published: 2015/04/15
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How To Beat a Traffic Ticket In California using the County Seat | Ticket Snipers (800) 985-8978
How To Beat a Traffic Ticket In California using the County Seat | Ticket Snipers (800) 985-8978
Published: 2015/10/02
Channel: Ticket Snipers
The County Seat   Discussing Jails
The County Seat Discussing Jails
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: The County Seat
County Seat
County Seat
Published: 2015/05/30
Channel: The Bad Plus - Topic
County Seat Realty
County Seat Realty
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: Watertown Daily Times
The County Seat   Discussing Jail Overcrowding
The County Seat Discussing Jail Overcrowding
Published: 2017/06/09
Channel: The County Seat
Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company 2015 "A Year In The County Seat"
Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company 2015 "A Year In The County Seat"
Published: 2016/01/11
Channel: Tyler Knapp
Utah Tax Relief   The County Seat
Utah Tax Relief The County Seat
Published: 2014/08/15
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   One on one with Utah BLM Director Ed Roberson
The County Seat One on one with Utah BLM Director Ed Roberson
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   The Business of Ranching
The County Seat The Business of Ranching
Published: 2016/12/09
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   Government Records Access and Management Act
The County Seat Government Records Access and Management Act
Published: 2014/10/23
Channel: The County Seat
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Ticketbust.com's Traffic TicketTalk #27: When to Ask for the County Seat
Published: 2011/03/23
Channel: TicketbustCA
County Seat
County Seat
Published: 2017/07/24
Channel: The Bad Plus - Topic
The County Seat   One on One with Sheriff Rosie Rivera
The County Seat One on One with Sheriff Rosie Rivera
Published: 2017/10/07
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   After Bears Ears
The County Seat After Bears Ears
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: The County Seat
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TicketBust.com's Traffic TicketTalk #24: Requesting a County Seat
Published: 2011/03/09
Channel: TicketbustCA
The County Seat   Agriculture Resource Development Loan program   ARDL  Utah Department of Agricultu
The County Seat Agriculture Resource Development Loan program ARDL Utah Department of Agricultu
Published: 2016/09/23
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   Land Issues in the Swell
The County Seat Land Issues in the Swell
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   Centrally Assessed Taxes
The County Seat Centrally Assessed Taxes
Published: 2017/07/24
Channel: The County Seat
The Sussex County Seat is Georgetown Delaware, and there you will find a circle...
The Sussex County Seat is Georgetown Delaware, and there you will find a circle...
Published: 2013/09/27
Channel: RehobothByTheSea
The County Seat   Discussing Drug addiction problem in rural Utah
The County Seat Discussing Drug addiction problem in rural Utah
Published: 2016/04/22
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   Duchesne County Profile
The County Seat Duchesne County Profile
Published: 2017/11/10
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat - Centrally Assessed Taxes
The County Seat - Centrally Assessed Taxes
Published: 2015/11/10
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   Western Desert Issues
The County Seat Western Desert Issues
Published: 2017/10/27
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   Voting Machines
The County Seat Voting Machines
Published: 2017/11/03
Channel: The County Seat
Bark Beetle in Utah - The County Seat Episode 22 Seg1
Bark Beetle in Utah - The County Seat Episode 22 Seg1
Published: 2011/06/06
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   Fire Season
The County Seat Fire Season
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   Utah Department of Agriculture and Food   Weights & Measures
The County Seat Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Weights & Measures
Published: 2017/10/20
Channel: The County Seat
Utah Department of Food and Ag   Utahs Own   The County Seat
Utah Department of Food and Ag Utahs Own The County Seat
Published: 2014/09/04
Channel: The County Seat
Public Lands in Utah County Seat Season3, Episode 8
Public Lands in Utah County Seat Season3, Episode 8
Published: 2013/02/25
Channel: The County Seat
Centrally Assessed Taxes in Utah   The County Seat
Centrally Assessed Taxes in Utah The County Seat
Published: 2014/08/01
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   Public Lands Summit of the West
The County Seat Public Lands Summit of the West
Published: 2016/07/01
Channel: The County Seat
Laurel Mayor Announces Bid For County Seat
Laurel Mayor Announces Bid For County Seat
Published: 2017/08/06
Channel: Visionary Media Productions
Relocating the Draper Prison, The County Seat Season 2, Episode 40 seg 1
Relocating the Draper Prison, The County Seat Season 2, Episode 40 seg 1
Published: 2012/10/04
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   Transfer Of Public Lands Report
The County Seat Transfer Of Public Lands Report
Published: 2015/02/06
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   one on one with Sen Mike Lee
The County Seat one on one with Sen Mike Lee
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   Human Trafficking
The County Seat Human Trafficking
Published: 2016/11/18
Channel: The County Seat
Match Game: Dumb Dora and the County Seat
Match Game: Dumb Dora and the County Seat
Published: 2017/11/13
Channel: UncleMikeNJ
The County Seat   Advocacy
The County Seat Advocacy
Published: 2016/06/17
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   The Defense of Coal
The County Seat The Defense of Coal
Published: 2016/03/04
Channel: The County Seat
CLASSIC SERVICE STATION LOCATED IN THE MONROE COUNTY SEAT OF ALBIA IN SOUTHEAST IOWA
CLASSIC SERVICE STATION LOCATED IN THE MONROE COUNTY SEAT OF ALBIA IN SOUTHEAST IOWA
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: United Country Hawkeye Farm Mgmt & Real Estate
Jail Reimbursements, The County Seat S2 EP8 part2
Jail Reimbursements, The County Seat S2 EP8 part2
Published: 2012/02/25
Channel: The County Seat
Rex Harris - Lady, at County Seat Music Hall
Rex Harris - Lady, at County Seat Music Hall
Published: 2017/10/09
Channel: Elena Schmitt
The County Seat   International Building Codes
The County Seat International Building Codes
Published: 2016/07/08
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   Bears Ears National Monument
The County Seat Bears Ears National Monument
Published: 2017/04/28
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   H B  276 Utah Public Land Management Act
The County Seat H B 276 Utah Public Land Management Act
Published: 2016/03/25
Channel: The County Seat
The County Seat   SITLA   School and Institutional Trust Lands
The County Seat SITLA School and Institutional Trust Lands
Published: 2017/11/17
Channel: The County Seat
Wasatch County- County Seat AYL 4-12-17
Wasatch County- County Seat AYL 4-12-17
Published: 2017/04/28
Channel: Wasatch Taxpayers
The County Seat   Utah’s Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office   PLPCO
The County Seat Utah’s Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office PLPCO
Published: 2017/03/24
Channel: The County Seat
GIS Inventory County Roads County Seat Episode 48
GIS Inventory County Roads County Seat Episode 48
Published: 2011/12/02
Channel: The County Seat
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A county seat is an administrative center, seat of government, or capital city of a county or civil parish. The term is used in the United States, Canada, Romania, China and Taiwan. In the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Jamaica, county towns have a similar function.

Many county seats in the United States feature a historic courthouse, such as this one in Renville County, Minnesota, pictured in May 2015.

Function[edit]

In the United States, counties are the political subdivisions of a state. Depending on the state, counties may provide certain services to the public, impose taxes, and administer and enforce selected state laws and regulations as well as a court system (or provide regional boundaries for a state court system). In many states, certain government functions and services (as well as taxing authority) are further decentralized below the county level by dividing counties into incorporated municipalities such as cities, towns and unincorporated areas. Some types of subdivisions, such as townships, may be either incorporated or unincorporated (or both), depending on the state. The city, town, or populated place that houses county government is known as the seat of its respective county. Generally, the county legislature, county courthouse, sheriff's department headquarters, hall of records, jail and correctional facility are located in the county seat though some functions may also be located or conducted in other parts of the county, especially if it is geographically large.

A county seat is usually, but not always, an incorporated municipality. The exceptions include the county seats of counties that have no incorporated municipalities within their borders, such as Arlington County, Virginia, and Howard County, Maryland. (Ellicott City, the county seat of Howard County, is the largest unincorporated county seat in the United States, followed by Towson, the county seat of Baltimore County, Maryland.) Likewise, some county seats may not be incorporated in their own right, but are located within incorporated municipalities. For example, Cape May Court House, New Jersey, though unincorporated, is a section of Middle Township, an incorporated municipality. In some of the colonial states, county seats include or formerly included "Court House" as part of their name, (e.g. Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia).

U.S. counties with more than one county seat[edit]

Most counties have only one county seat. However, some counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Vermont have two or more county seats, usually located on opposite sides of the county. An example is Harrison County, Mississippi, which lists both Biloxi and Gulfport as county seats. 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.

There are 36 counties with multiple county seats (no more than two each) in 11 states:

Other variations[edit]

New England[edit]

In New England, the town, not the county, is the primary division of local government. Historically, counties in this region have served mainly as dividing lines for the states' judicial systems. Connecticut (since 1960) and Rhode Island have no county level of government and thus no county seats. In Vermont, Massachusetts,[2] and Maine[3] the county seats are legally designated shire towns. County government consists only of a Superior Court and Sheriff (as an officer of the court), both located in the respective shire town. Bennington County has two shire towns (Manchester for the North Shire, Bennington for the South Shire), but the Sheriff is located in Bennington. In Massachusetts, most government functions which would otherwise be performed by county governments in other states are performed by town or city governments (there are no unincorporated areas in the state; that is, all land area in the state is within either a town or a city). As such, Massachusetts has dissolved many of its county governments, and the state government now operates the registries of deeds and sheriff's offices in those former counties.

Virginia[edit]

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.

South Dakota[edit]

Two counties in South Dakota (Oglala Lakota and Todd) have their county seat and government services centered in a neighboring county. Their county-level services are provided by Fall River County and Tripp County, respectively.[4]

Louisiana[edit]

In Louisiana, which is divided into parishes rather than counties, county seats are referred to as parish seats.

Alaska[edit]

Alaska is divided into boroughs rather than counties; the county seat in these case is referred to as the "borough seat"; this includes six consolidated city-borough governments (one of which is styled as a "municipality"). The Unorganized Borough, which covers 49% of Alaska's area, has no county seat or equivalent.

Canada and Vermont[edit]

In the Canadian Provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the term "shire town" is used in place of county seat.

Lists of U.S. county seats by state[edit]

The state with the most counties is Texas, with 254, and the state with the fewest counties is Delaware, with 3.

Lists of Taiwan county seats by county[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coffee County, Alabama. "History of Coffee County". Archived from the original on 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  2. ^ "MGL c. 231, s. 82". Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Title 33, §701: Office in shire town". mainelegislature.org. 
  4. ^ Sdcounties.org. "Shannon County, South Dakota". Retrieved 10 May 2012. 

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