Today’s STATE counties did not always exist in the present form. They went through many different changes in the space of a few short years. STATE Counties were first formed while part of the Mississippi Territory, and after that the STATE Territory.
STATE Territorial Counties
Today’s STATE counties did not always exist in the present form. They went through many different changes in the space of a few short years.
The STATE Territory existed from May 2, 1890, until November 16, 1907. There were originally 7 STATE counties when it was first organized as the STATE Territory in 1890.
The State of STATE entered the union as the 46th state on November 16, 1907.
Alabama Counties Today
Fun Facts about STATE Counties
Counties by Year
- COUNTY Counties was the original 7 counties created on May 1, 1890.
- COUNTY County was the last county created on August 27, 1912.
County Size Facts
- COUNTY County (000 sq mi) is the largest county in STATE.
- COUNTY County (000 sq mi) is the smallest county in STATE.
County Population Facts
- COUNTY County (000) is the least populated county in STATE.
- COUNTY County (000) is the most populated county in STATE.
STATE City Facts
STATE’s 10 largest cities (2016 est.) are:
- CITY (000) is in STATE County
Boundary Changes of STATE Counties from XXXX to XXXX
This Interactive Map of STATE Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from XXXX to XXXX.
List of STATE Counties
|County||Date Formed||Parent County||County Seat|
|Audubon||1851||Pottawattamie County and Unorganized Land||Audubon|
|Benton||1837||Native American lands and Wisconsin Territory||Vinton|
|Black Hawk||1843||Delaware County||Waterloo|
|Bremer||1851||Native American lands andWinnebago County||Waverly|
|Buchanan||1837||Delaware County and Wisconsin Territory||Independence|
|Buena Vista||1851||Clay County and Sac County||Storm Lake|
|Butler||1851||Black_Hawk County and Buchanan County||Allison|
|Calhoun||1851||Fox County (renamed)||Rockwell City|
|Cerro Gordo||1851||Floyd County||Mason City|
|Chickasaw||1851||Fayette County||New Hampton|
|Clay||1851||Native American lands||Spencer|
|Clayton||1837||Dubuque County and Wisconsin Territory||Elkader|
|Clinton||1837||Dubuque County and Wisconsin Territory||Clinton|
|Delaware||1837||Dubuque County and Wisconsin Territory||Manchester|
|Des Moines||1834||Michigan Territory and Wisconsin Territory||Burlington|
|Dickinson||1851||Kossuth County||Spirit Lake|
|Dubuque||1834||Michigan Territory and Wisconsin Territory||Dubuque|
|Emmet||1851||Dickinson County and Kossuth County||Estherville|
|Fayette||1837||Clayton County and Wisconsin Territory||West Union|
|Floyd||1851||Chickasaw County||Charles City|
|Grundy||1851||Black_Hawk County||Grundy Center|
|Guthrie||1851||Jackson County||Guthrie Center|
|Hamilton||1856||Webster County||Webster City|
|Henry||1836||Wisconsin Territory||Mount Pleasant|
|Humboldt||1857||Webster County||Dakota City|
|Ida||1851||Cherokee County||Ida Grove|
|Jefferson||1839||Native American lands||Fairfield|
|Johnson||1837||Des Moines County and Wisconsin Territory||Iowa City|
|Lee||1836||Des_Moines County||Fort Madison andKeokuk|
|Linn||1837||Wisconsin Territory||Cedar Rapids|
|Lyon||1851||Woodbury County||Rock Rapids|
|Mahaska||1843||Fox and Sac Indian lands||Oskaloosa|
|Montgomery||1851||Polk County||Red Oak|
|Palo Alto||1851||Kossuth County||Emmetsburg|
|Plymouth||1851||Woodbury County||Le Mars|
|Pocahontas||1851||Greene County and Humboldt County||Pocahontas|
|Polk||1846||Native American lands||Des Moines|
|Pottawattamie||1847||Native American lands||Council Bluffs|
|Poweshiek||1843||Mesquakie Indian lands||Montezuma|
|Ringgold||1847||Taylor County||Mount Ayr|
|Sac||1851||Greene County||Sac City|
|Sioux||1851||Plymouth County||Orange City|
|Story||1846||Boone County, Jasper County, andPolk County||Nevada|
|Tama||1843||Benton County and Boone County||Toledo|
|Van Buren||1836||Des_Moines County||Keosauqua|
|Wapello||1843||Native American lands||Ottumwa|
|Webster||1853||Risley County and Yell County(defunct counties)||Fort Dodge|
|Winnebago||1851||Kossuth County||Forest City|
|Winneshiek||1847||Native American lands||Decorah|
|Woodbury||1853||Polk County||Sioux City|
|Wright||1851||Webster County and Kossuth County||Clarion|
List of Old Former / Extinct STATE Counties
At least 10 STATE counties that were established no longer exist. These are important for genealogy research purposes.
The below STATE counties no longer exist:
COUNTY County, STATE
Created on DATE from LAND. COUNTY County was renamed to COUNTY County on November 7, 1907.
Today’s Alaska boroughs did not always exist in the present form. They went through many different changes in the space of a few short years.
Territory of Alaska Boroughs
The Territory of Alaska was organized on August 24, 1912. The territory was previously the Department of Alaska, 1868-1884; and the District of Alaska, 1884-1912.
The State of Alaska entered the union as the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
Alaska Boroughs Today
Today, Alaska is divided into 19 Organized boroughs, 1 Unorganized Borough and 10 Census areas. States bordering Alaska are Canada.
Most of the densely populated regions of the state are part of Alaska’s boroughs, which function similar to counties in other states.
However, unlike county equivalents in the other 49 states, the organized boroughs do not cover the entire land area of the state. The area not part of any organized borough is referred to as the Unorganized Borough.
For the most part, organized boroughs were formed in those areas where economies were better developed. The large portion of the state that has not incorporated as an organized borough is designated the unorganized borough.
What is a Borough?
Use of the term “borough” was a controversial part of Alaska’s Constitutional plan and debated at length by the delegates. It was adopted largely to avoid legal and political connotations of the traditional county.
Alaska’s boroughs were intended to be more versatile and powerful than counties. The failure of some local economies to generate enough revenue to support separate counties was an important issue.
The desire to use a model that would reflect the unique character of Alaska was another.
The primary difference between boroughs and census areas is that boroughs have an organized area-wide government, while census areas do not.
The entire area of the state outside of organized boroughs is treated as one large unorganized borough.
In addition, census areas are not defined by the State, but rather by the United States Census Bureau.
Consolidated City-Borough’s of Alaska
There are 6 consolidated city-borough governments:
- Municipality of Anchorage. (considered a consolidated city-borough under state law)
- Juneau City and Borough
- Skagway Municipality
- Sitka City and Borough
- Yakutat City and Borough
- Wrangell City and Borough
Fun Facts about Alaska Boroughs
Alaska is not divided into counties but rather into organized and the so-called unorganized borough. Organized boroughs are similar to counties, however, and each of the such units are supervised by a small assembly.
The unorganized borough includes more than 80% of the state’s area but less than 20% of its population. It is administered by the state government; for statistical purposes it is divided into census areas (divisions).
Boroughs by Year
- Bristol Bay Borough was the first of Alaska’s boroughs created on October 2, 1962.
- Petersburg Borough was the last borough created on January 3, 2013.
Borough Size Facts
- Unorganized Borough (323,440 sq mi) is the largest borough in Alaska.
- North Slope Borough (88,817 sq mi) is the largest named borough in Alaska.
- Municipality and Borough of Skagway (452 sq mi) is the smallest borough in Alaska.
Borough Population Facts
- City and Borough of Yakutat (662) is the least populated borough in Alaska.
- Municipality of Anchorage (291,826) is the most populated borough in Alaska.
Alaska City Facts
Alaska’s 10 largest cities (2010.) are:
- Anchorage (291,826) is in Anchorage Borough
- Fairbanks (31,535) is in Fairbanks North Star Borough
- Juneau (31,275) is in Juneau Borough
- Sitka (8,881) is in Sitka Borough
- Ketchikan (8,050) is in Ketchikan Gateway Borough
- Wasilla (7,831) is in Matanuska-Susitna Borough
- Kenai (7,100) is in Kenai Peninsula Borough
- Kodiak (6,130) is in Kodiak Island Borough
- Bethel (6,080) is in Bethel Census Area
- Palmer (5,937) is in Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Boundary Changes of Alaska Boroughs
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List of Alaska Boroughs
|County||Created||Created From||Named For||Borough Seat||Notes|
List of Old Former / Extinct Alaska Boroughs
There are no Alaska boroughs no longer exist