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Encyclopedia > Administrative divisions of Connecticut

The primary political subdivisions of the state of Connecticut are its towns. New England towns are conceptually similar to civil townships in that the entire territory of the state is completely covered by them. However, they differ primarily in that New England towns, particularly in Connecticut, have broad home rule, and have all the powers that a city in other states would normally have. The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... A civil township is a widely-used unit of local government in the United States, subordinate to a county. ... Devolution or Home rule is the pooling of powers from central government to government at regional or local level. ... Chicago from the air. ...

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County

While Connecticut is divided geographically into eight counties, these counties do not have any associated government structure. The Connecticut General Assembly abolished all county governments on October 1, 1960. Counties are, however, still used by the state to organize its judicial and state marshall system. October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...

See also: List of counties in Connecticut
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List of Connecticut counties: Connecticut counties Fairfield County: one of four original counties created in Connecticut in 1666. ...

Town

The 169 towns of Connecticut are the principal units of local government in the state and have full municipal powers including:

  • Corporate powers
  • Eminent domain
  • Ability to levy taxes
  • Public services (low cost housing, waste disposal, fire, police, ambulance, street lighting)
  • Public works (highways, sewers, cemeteries, parking lots, etc.)
  • Regulatory powers (building codes, traffic, animals, crime, public health)
  • Environmental protection
  • Economic development

Towns traditionally have the town meeting form of government and is still used by 149 out of the 169 towns. 19 towns have adopted a city form of government (with a strong executive), while 1 town (Naugatuck) has a borough form of government (with a council/board as the executive). Town meeting is a form of local government commonly practiced in the U.S. region of New England, but uncommon elsewhere in the United States. ... Naugatuck is a borough located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ...


The 20 consolidated city/borough and towns are classified by the Census Bureau as both minor civil divisions and incorporated places, while the other 149 towns are classified only as minor civil divisions. Some of the larger towns are also classified as Census designated places Minor civil division (MCD) is a term used by the United States Census Bureau to designate the primary governmental and/or administrative subdivisions of a county, such as a civil township, precinct, or magisterial district. ... An incorporated place, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, is a type of governmental unit incorporated under state law as a city, town (except the New England states, New York, and Wisconsin), borough (except in Alaska and New York), or village and having legally prescribed limits, powers, and... A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ...

See also: List of towns in Connecticut
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The U.S. state of Connecticut is divided into 169 towns. ...

City

There are 20 incorporated cities in Connecticut. 19 of these cities are coextensive with their towns, with the city and town governments also consolidated. 1 incorporated city (Groton) has jurisdiction only over part of its town. Cities in Connecticut are dependent on their town if not consolidated with the town government. Groton is a city located in New London County, Connecticut. ...


All cities are treated by the Census Bureau as incorporated places.

See also: List of cities in Connecticut
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This page lists all municipalities incorporated as cities in the state of Connecticut. ...

Borough

In addition to cities, Connecticut also has another type of dependent municipality known as a borough. Boroughs are usually the populated center of a town that decided to incorporate in order to have more responsive local government. When a borough is formed, it is still part of and dependent on its town. There are 10 boroughs in Connecticut. One borough is coextensive and consolidated with its town. The other nine boroughs have jurisdiction over only a small part of their town.


All boroughs are treated by the Census Bureau as incorporated places.

See also: Category:Boroughs in Connecticut
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Village, neighborhood, section of town

Connecticut also has a fair number of unincorporated communities that are known locally as villages (usually in more rural areas), neighborhoods or "sections of" (phrasing particularly popular in Stamford, Connecticut) a city or town. Villages often have no separate legal/corporate existence from the town they are in, although a taxing district or volunteer fire department may exist for specific services. People who reside within a village often identify with the town rather than the village. Nickname: The City that Works Location in Connecticut Coordinates: Counties Fairfield County Mayor Dannel Malloy (Dem) Area    - City 52. ...


These unincorporated areas are often associated with historic districts. Many of these villages are treated by the Census Bureau as Census designated places. A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ...

See also: Category:Villages in Connecticut
See also: Category:Neighborhoods in Connecticut
See also: Category:Census-designated places in Connecticut
State of Connecticut
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Culture | Geography | Government | History | Images  Image File history File links Flag_of_Connecticut. ... A state of the United States is any one of the fifty subnational entities referred to as a state (although four officially favor the term commonwealth) which, along with the District of Columbia, under the provisions of the United States Constitution form the United States of America. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The History of Connecticut begins as a number of unrelated colonial villages. ...

 Capital  Hartford
 Regions 

Coastal Connecticut | Greater New Haven | Greater Hartford | Litchfield Hills | Lower Connecticut River Valley | Naugatuck River Valley | New York metropolitan area/Gold Coast | Quiet Corner | Southeastern Connecticut | Southwestern Connecticut Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, site of first U.S. capital. ... Nickname: The Insurance Capital of the World Location in Hartford County, Connecticut Coordinates: ) Counties Hartford County Mayor Eddie Perez Area    - City 18. ... This list of regions of the United States includes official (governmental) and non-official areas within the borders of the United States, not including U.S. states, the federal district of Washington, D.C. or standard subentities such as cities or counties. ... Coastal Connecticut is comprised of all of Connecticuts southern border, along Long Island Sound, from Stamford in the west to Stonington to the east. ... The Greater New Haven area is the metropolitan area whose extent includes those towns in Connecticut that share an economic, social, political, and historical focus on New Haven, Connecticut. ... The Greater Hartford region is a region located in the state of Connecticut centered around the states capital of Hartford. ... The Litchfield Hills is a region of the state of Connecticut located in the northwestern corner of the state; it is a term that is semi-contiguous with the boundaries of Litchfield County, for which it is named. ... The Lower Connecticut River Valley is a region of the state of Connecticut focused around Middlesex County, eastern sections of New London County, and the juncture where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound. ... The Naugatuck River Valley is a region of the state of Connecticut located in the central-southwest of the state, and is focused around the southern reaches of the Naugatuck and Housatonic Rivers. ... The New York metropolitan area is the most populous in the United States and the third most populous in the world (after Tokyo and Mexico City). ... The Gold Coast is a region of the state of Connecticut roughly contiguous with the boundaries of Fairfield County; it derives its regional nickname from Fairfield County being ranked as one of the wealthiest counties in the United States and being the headquarters to most of the hedge funds in... The Quiet Corner is a region of the state of Connecticut, located in the northeastern corner of the state. ... The Southeastern Connecticut region comprises, as the name suggests, the southeastern corner of the state of Connecticut. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

 Counties 

Fairfield | Hartford | Litchfield | Middlesex | New Haven | New London | Tolland | Windham List of Connecticut counties: Connecticut counties Fairfield County: one of four original counties created in Connecticut in 1666. ... Fairfield County is located in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Connecticut. ... Hartford County is located in the north central part of the U.S. state of Connecticut. ... Litchfield County is located in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Connecticut. ... Middlesex County is located in the south central part of the state of Connecticut. ... New Haven County is located in the south central part of the state of Connecticut. ... New London County is located in the southeastern corner of the state of Connecticut. ... Tolland County is a county located in the northeastern part of the state of Connecticut. ... Windham County is a county located in the northeastern corner of the U.S. state of Connecticut. ...

 Cities 

Ansonia | Bridgeport | Bristol | Danbury | Derby | Groton | Hartford | Meriden | Middletown | Milford | New Britain | New Haven | New London | Norwalk | Norwich | Shelton | Stamford | Torrington | Waterbury | West Haven This page lists all municipalities incorporated as cities in the state of Connecticut. ... Ansonia is a city and town located in New Haven County, Connecticut, on the Naugatuck River, immediately north of Derby and about 12 miles northwest of New Haven. ... Nickname: Location in Connecticut Coordinates: Counties Fairfield County Mayor John M. Fabrizi Area    - City 19. ... Nickname: Mum City Official website: http://www. ... Nickname: The Hat City Location Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates , Government Counties Fairfield County Mayor Mark Boughton (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 44. ... Derby is a town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ... Groton is a city located in New London County, Connecticut. ... Nickname: The Insurance Capital of the World Location in Hartford County, Connecticut Coordinates: ) Counties Hartford County Mayor Eddie Perez Area    - City 18. ... Meriden is a city located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ... // Middletown is a city located in Middlesex County, Connecticut, along the Connecticut River, in the south-central part of the state, 16 miles (26 km) south of Hartford. ... Milford town hall. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Beehive City Location Location within the state of Connecticut Government County Hartford County Mayor Timothy T. Stewart Geographical characteristics Area     City 34. ... Nickname: The Elm City Location in Connecticut Coordinates: ) Counties New Haven County Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. ... View of New London from across the Thames River New London, Connecticut is a city in New London County, at the mouth of the Thames River and on the northeastern shore of Long Island Sound. ... Motto: The Right Place, The Right Time Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates: Counties Fairfield County Mayor Dick Moccia Area    - City 36. ... Norwich, known as The Rose of New England, is a city in New London County, Connecticut, United States. ... Shelton is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... Nickname: The City that Works Location in Connecticut Coordinates: Counties Fairfield County Mayor Dannel Malloy (Dem) Area    - City 52. ... Nickname: none Location within the state of Connecticut County Litchfield County Mayor Ryan Bingham Area    - City 104. ... Waterbury is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, 33 miles (53 km) southwest of Hartford on the Naugatuck River. ... West Haven is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. ...

 Places 

Towns | Boroughs | Villages | Historic Places | Geography The U.S. state of Connecticut is divided into 169 towns. ...


 
 

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