U.S. COUNTIES WITH THE MOST INCORPORATED CITIES*
The "average" county in the United States has around 10 incorporated cities (including
incorporated towns, villages and boroughs). Counties with suburbs often have many more
incorporated cities than average, especially in the Midwest, where suburbs are more likely
to be incorporated, unlike some states like Virginia or Maryland (or to a smaller extent,
California), which have many unincorporated suburbs.
Cook County, Illinois not only contains Chicago but also 134 other cities and
villages (all suburbs). Jefferson County, Kentucky is #2 (94) due to Louisville having
an abundance of very small suburbs (and having most of its suburbs in one county, at least
those in Kentucky, versus nearby Indiana). However, the most populous county in the nation,
Los Angeles County, California, is only tied for fourth place (at 88) because a substantial
number of LA's suburbs are unincorporated (including East Los Angeles, which has over
100,000 people, as well as places like Altadena, Florence, Marina del Rey, South Whittier
A few counties (mostly with low populations) have no incorporated
places. There are a few populous examples though; Chesterfield County, Virginia is the largest
county to hold that status, with more than 1/4 million people (since Richmond is an independent
city not associated with the county). Virginia also has the largest unincorporated city
in the United States (Arlington), with almost 200,000 people.
* Includes all incorporated cities, towns, villages and boroughs. Does
not include any unincorporated cities, towns, townships or CDPs ("Census
Designated Places"). Includes all cities which lie partially within the
county (and thus partially in a neighboring county).
1. Cook, Illinois
2. Jefferson, Kentucky
3. St. Louis, Missouri
4. Allegheny, Pennsylvania
4. Los Angeles, California
6. Nassau, New York
7. Bergen, New Jersey
8. Cuyahoga, Ohio
9. Lake, Illinois
10. Hennepin, Minnesota
NUMBER OF INCORPORATED
CITIES, TOWNS (ETC.)
Source of Data: U.S. Census (1999 data).
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