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About Township Governments

There are 11 states that have township governments in all of their counties or county-type geographic areas. There are nine where this type of government occurs only in certain county or county-type geographic areas. As of 2012:

  • In Illinois, 85 of the 102 county-type areas had township governments;
  • In Kansas, 95 of 103;
  • In Massachusetts, 13 of the 14;
  • In Minnesota, in 84 of 87;
  • In Missouri, in 22 of 114;
  • In Nebraska, in 25 of 93;
  • In North Dakota, in 48 of 53;
  • In South Dakota, in 52 of 66;
  • In Wisconsin, 71 of 72.

In New York, town governments exist in each county outside New York City.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Lists & Structure of Governments | 1 (800) 242-2184 | govs.org@census.gov |  Last Revised: September 26, 2013