A county seat is the administrative seat of a county in the United States. A county seat is usually also a County Court (equivalent to the District Court ). In contrast to the German handling of the respective place will not automatically district capital.
In the UK and Ireland, the term county town is used.
Special features in the individual U.S. states
- In Alaska, the name Borough Seat is used.
- In California, San Francisco, in addition to the municipal administration, a County - management and next to the city police is also a county sheriff in office.
- In Louisiana, the term is used instead Parish County. The County Seat is therefore also known as Parish Seat.
- In some states, such as New England, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Iceland, the counties are only geographical names, but have no political powers. Either the communities themselves or the administration of any State act.
- In New York City there are five counties: New York County ( Manhattan), Kings County ( Brooklyn ), Bronx County ( The Bronx ), Queens County ( Queens ), and Richmond County ( Staten Iceland ).
- In Vermont, the town where the county seat is located in Shire Town is called.
- In Virginia, the County Seats are sometimes not part of the county, as determined by local law all major cities - like an independent city - are independent.