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One Man's Journey Into The Mind Of America
June 1, 2011
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On Thursday evening, May 19th, 2011, during a discussion regarding consolidation of state, county and town services at a forum on Term Limits laws hosted by the Eastern Putnam County League of Women Voters, NY State Assemblyman Steve Katz (R-99) mentioned that New York was one of only three states that still had county government and that 47 states did not. This came up while he was pushing for the abolition of county government as a method of saving tax dollars but we're not going to go into the veracity of that position in this discussion. We will take on the number of states that do not have county government however, since that is much more fun.
As of the 2010 census, there were 3,077 counties in the United States and all but a tiny handful have governments.
Thirty-one counties are named after George Washington, twenty-seven for Thomas Jefferson, twenty-four each for Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln and nine of them are named for General Israel Putnam. Texas has 254 counties and Delaware has 3. Washington D.C. has but one, if we want to count. South Dakota has the lowest average county population at 12,000 and California has the largest at 637,000.
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