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  • Is The US, Is The City Where The State Capitols Are Located Always The County Seat?

    I tried searching, but I don't think Google would find this. Very much a trivia question, but is the city that the state capitols are located always the county seat of their respective counties? And, yes, I do realize Louisiana has parishes, instead of counties and Alaska has boroughs.

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    I searched again and I found it, trivia fans.

    Lansing, Michigan is the only state capital that is not also its county seat (not counting the two state capitals that are independent cities and not located in any county). Detroit is the state's largest city.

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    • #3
      No. Connecticut does not have any county government. So no county seat.
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      • #4
        What about where the State Capitol is also the biggest city?

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        • #5
          In my state (VA), Richmond IS the seat of Henrico County
          It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RGDS View Post
            What about where the State Capitol is also the biggest city?
            I don't think it is in FL. Never looked up the stats on Tallahassee though. Some of the other cities I've been in, in FL appear bigger.

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            • #7
              In Texas the Capital is Austin and not even close to being the largest city.
              Same thing with Missouri. Jefferson City, the Capital, is quite small compared to some other cities in the state.
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              • #8
                The following state capitals (with an a to mean the city, rather than with an o to mean the building) are also the largest cities of their respective states:

                Phoenix, Arizona
                Little Rock, Arkansas
                Denver, Colorado
                Atlanta, Georgia
                Honolulu, Hawaii
                Boise, Idaho
                Indianapolis, Indiana
                Des Moines, Iowa
                Boston, Massachusetts
                Jackson, Mississippi
                Columbus, Ohio
                Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
                Providence, Rhode Island
                Columbia, South Carolina
                Nashville, Tennessee (per latest estimates; as of 2010 census, Memphis was larger)
                Salt Lake City, Utah
                Charleston, West Virginia
                Cheyenne, Wyoming

                But what's the only state capital with a three word name?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by orlandofed5-0 View Post
                  No. Connecticut does not have any county government. So no county seat.
                  Same with Rhode Island; no county governments. Also, most of Massachusetts' counties have abolished their county governments and deferred all services and authority to either the state or the towns (a few counties in the southeastern part of the state still have some county government though).
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                  -Chris Rock

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sleeplikeadream View Post
                    The following state capitals (with an a to mean the city, rather than with an o to mean the building) are also the largest cities of their respective states:

                    Phoenix, Arizona
                    Little Rock, Arkansas
                    Denver, Colorado
                    Atlanta, Georgia
                    Honolulu, Hawaii
                    Boise, Idaho
                    Indianapolis, Indiana
                    Des Moines, Iowa
                    Boston, Massachusetts
                    Jackson, Mississippi
                    Columbus, Ohio
                    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
                    Providence, Rhode Island
                    Columbia, South Carolina
                    Nashville, Tennessee (per latest estimates; as of 2010 census, Memphis was larger)
                    Salt Lake City, Utah
                    Charleston, West Virginia
                    Cheyenne, Wyoming

                    But what's the only state capital with a three word name?
                    Salt Lake City...
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PtownVAMike View Post
                      In my state (VA), Richmond IS the seat of Henrico County
                      Isn't Richmond an independent city and not really apart of Henrico county..
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by orlandofed5-0 View Post

                        Isn't Richmond an independent city and not really apart of Henrico county..
                        Yeah. VA is weird. So many of the county seats are independent cities that are surrounded by, or adjacent to, their county. From what I understand, this is because the whole independent city thing didn't come about until the 1870s. Prior to that, the cities were part of the surrounding county. So, when the VA constitution changed and all municipalities that were incorporated as cities were required to be independent, many of the counties just chose to leave the seats where they were. Today, it's an odd setup. A county courthouse in an independent city is almost like an embassy: It's not part of the city at all; it is considered to be county land and completely under the county's jurisdiction.
                        Last edited by GangGreen712; 04-26-2019, 11:23 PM.
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                        • PtownVAMike
                          PtownVAMike commented
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                          Also the fact that each independent city (AFAIK) has its own Sheriff's office. I live in SE VA and we used to have the counties of: Warwick, Nanesmond, Norfolk and Princess Anne. Now it's a group of independent cities. The counties which surround those cities are: Accomack, Northampton, James City, York, Gloucester, Southampton, Surry and Isle of Wight.

                      • #13
                        It's safe to say that in the US nothing is "always" anything....
                        "I am a Soldier. I fight where I'm told and I win where I fight." -- GEN George S. Patton, Jr.

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