City (United States)

City in the United States, a designation for an inhabited settlement, which - depending on the laws of each state - has the administrative status of a registered community. The inhabitants of a place is often irrelevant to distinguish a City from other community forms such as Village or Town; the smallest city in the United States, Maza, North Dakota, had only five inhabitants. In most states citys are led by the elected Mayor with City Council, as opposed to managing a Town that are managed by the citizens through town hall meetings, a select board or a board of trustees. In a number of states - such as in Arizona - are city and town interchangeable terms. The biggest citys in the United States is New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Special features in each state

In Idaho, Oregon, Kansas, Kentucky, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa all registered places are called city. In Ohio, a place automatically becomes the City if, during the regular, in the United States by the Constitution every ten -yearly census, more than 5000 inhabitants and is back to a village if its population drops below 5,000. In Illinois, a city must have at least 2500 inhabitants, rich in Nebraska 800 inhabitants for a second-class city with 5000 inhabitants are necessary for a first class city.

In Virginia, all duties set as City locations are independent and do not belong to a county, Towns belong to the respective County. In California, there are both Towns and Citys, both terms are used interchangeably, however. In Pennsylvania, each registered place with more than ten people can statuieren as Borough. Each Township and each Borough with more than 10,000 inhabitants may ask the state legislature as to admit this village as a city.

In the states of New England corresponds to the distinction between Town and City of the form of their administration and is not dependent on the population. Here, a Town is represented in the executive branch by a city council and the legislature formed by a community meeting. In a City of the executive elected mayor is facing, the Legislature consists of a city council or elders.

In New York, every inhabitant lives either in an Indian Reservation, a City or a Town. Here, a City is a largely self-governing community that holds the taxing authority over its citizens to a considerable degree. A City is different in New York of a Village by the fact that a city is not part of a Town - City of Sherrill is the only exception - a Village part is, however, one or more Towns. Some of the City's, for which there is no minimum size in the state, are completely surrounded by a Town; this often has the same name. New York City and Albany since 1686 order to set a City, all 60 other citys in New York were each by a decision of the State Government to the City. New York City is a special case because this city comprises the territory of five complete counties.

The island of Oahu in the state of Hawaii is fully registered as a single City, as City and County of Honolulu.