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History and Facts of New York Counties

New York Counties –The Province of New York was a British Colony and later a Royal Colony from 1664 to 1776. New York was created as a the 11th state on July 26, 1788. New York has 62 Counties.

New York borders VermontMassachusettsConnecticutNew JerseyNew York and  Canada.

The original twelve counties were created immediately after the British takeover of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, although two of these counties have since been abolished.

On November 1, 1683, the Province of New York was divided into 12 counties (2 of those counties claimed land beyond the present boundaries of New York State).

Those 10 counties were Suffolk CountyNew York CountyKings CountyRichmond CountyQueens CountyWestchester CountyDuchess CountyOrange CountyUlster County and Albany CountyDukes County and Cornwall County later became part of Massachusetts.

List of New York Counties

New York is divided into 62 counties.

List of Old Former / Extinct New York Counties

New York has counties that no longer are in existence. A lot of these counties were established and disbanded within the 19th century; county borders have modified very little since 1900 in the vast most of states.

The below New York counties no longer exist:

?? County, New York

Created ? from ?. It was abolished ? and re-established as ? County on ?.

  • Charlotte County: Formed in 1772 from Albany County, Renamed in 1784 to Washington County
  • Cornwall County: Formed in 1683, Located in Maine, this county became part of Massachusetts in 1686, but no longer exist in name.
  • Cumberland County: Formed in 1766 from Albany County, disallowed the year after it was formed, Cumberland was re-established in 1768 and ceased to exist 1777-78 when Vermont declared itself a republic.
  • Dukes County: Formed in 1683, became part of Massachusetts in 1692
  • Gloucester County: Formed in 1770 from Cumberland County, ceased to exist 1777-78 when Vermont declared itself a republic.
  • Tryon County: Formed in 1772 from Albany County, Renamed in 1784 to Montgomery County
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Map of New York County Boundary Changes from 1683 to 1915

This Interactive Map of New York Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of New York from 1683-1915.

Fun Facts about New York Counties

County Name Facts

The County names:

  • 0 of them named for Native American words or people,
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Counties by Year

On November 1, 1683, the Province of New York was divided into 12 counties (2 of those counties claimed land beyond the present boundaries of New York State).

Those 10 counties were Suffolk CountyNew York CountyKings CountyRichmond CountyQueens CountyWestchester CountyDuchess CountyOrange CountyUlster County and Albany CountyDukes County and Cornwall County later became part of Massachusetts.

The last New York county to be formed was Bronx County in 1914.

  • ? County was the first county created on ?.
  •  The last county to be formed was ? County on ?.
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Facts for County Size

  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the largest county in New York.
  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the smallest county in New York.

Facts for County Population (2017 Est.)

  • ? County (000) is the most populated county in New York.
  • ? County (000) is the least populated county in New York.

Facts for New York Counties and Cities

New York’s 62 largest cities (2062) are:

  1. Birmingham (000) is in ? County and ? Counties
  2. New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse, Albany, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Schenectady and Utica