What is county?

  • (noun): The largest administrative district within a state.
    Example: "The county plans to build a new road"
    See also — Additional definitions below

County

A county is a geographical region of a country used for administrative or other purposes in certain modern nations. Its etymology derives from the Old French term, conté or cunté and could denote a jurisdiction in mainland Europe, under the sovereignty of a count (earl) or a viscount. The modern French is comté, and its equivalents in other languages are contea, contado, comtat, condado, Grafschaft, Gau, etc.) (cf. conte, comte, conde, Graf).

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Van Buren County, Iowa - Geography - Adjacent Counties
... Jefferson County (north) Henry County (northeast) Lee County (east) Clark County, Missouri (southeast) Scotland County, Missouri (southwest) Davis County (west) ...
Västra Götaland County - Politics
... or Västra Götalandsregionen is an evolved County Council that for a trial period has assumed certain tasks from the County Administrative Board ... Similar trial councils are applied for Skåne County and Gotland County ...
Orange County, California - Geography - Adjacent Counties
... Los Angeles County, California—north, west San Bernardino County, California—northeast Riverside County, California—east San Diego County, California—southeast Los Angeles ...
Västra Götaland County
... Västra Götaland County (Swedish Västra Götalands län) is a county or län on the western coast of Sweden ... The county is the second largest (in terms of population) of Sweden's counties and it is subdivided into 49 municipalities (kommuner) ... The capital and governmental seat of Västra Götaland County is Gothenburg ...
Västra Götaland County - Heraldry
... The arms for the County of Västra Götaland was granted in 1999 when the county was formed ... When the arms is shown with a royal crown it represents the County Administrative Board, which is the regional presence of (royal) government authority ...

More definitions of "county":

  • (noun): A region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government.
    Example: "The county has a population of 12,345 people"

Famous quotes containing the word county:

    I know this well, that if one thousand, if one hundred, if ten men whom I could name,—if ten honest men only,—ay, if one HONEST man, in this State of Massachusetts, ceasing to hold slaves, were actually to withdraw from this copartnership, and be locked up in the county jail therefor, it would be the abolition of slavery in America. For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    It would astonish if not amuse, the older citizens of your County who twelve years ago knew me a stranger, friendless, uneducated, penniless boy, working on a flat boat—at ten dollars per month to learn that I have been put down here as the candidate of pride, wealth, and aristocratic family distinction.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

    I believe the citizens of Marion County and the United States want to have judges who have feelings and who are human beings.
    Paula Lopossa, U.S. judge. As quoted in the New York Times, p. B9 (May 21, 1993)