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WikiProject U.S. counties
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Project banner template{{WikiProject United States|County=yes}}
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WikiProject GuidelinesEdit

First, an important note for everyone to remember:

A few Wikipedians have gotten together to make some suggestions about how we might organize data in articles about states, counties, cities and towns. These are only suggestions, things to give you focus and to get you going, and you shouldn't feel obligated in the least to follow them. But if you don't know what to write or where to begin, following the below guidelines may be helpful. Mainly, we just want you to write articles! Also, one of our top goals is to replace "is" with "was" for determining the population of county articles, as the census occurred back in 2010, and also to replace 2000 census info and estimates with accurate, up-to-date, 2010 census data.


This WikiProject aims primarily to provide information on all of the U.S. states' counties, independent cities (Virginia), boroughs (Alaska), census areas (Alaska), and parishes (Louisiana). It also provides information on the analogous administration districts (if any) in the current U.S. Federal Territories (District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, etc.).

Article assessmentEdit

Project banner templateEdit

Please place the following template on article talk pages related to U.S. counties, parishes or boroughs:

  • {{WikiProject United States|class=|importance=|County=yes|County-importance=}} template should be placed on the talk pages of relevant articles to put them under the project's scope. It looks like this:
WikiProject United States / Counties (Rated Project-class)
This page is within the scope of WikiProject United States, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of topics relating to the United States of America on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the ongoing discussions.
  Project  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
This page is supported by WikiProject U.S. counties.

Project statisticsEdit

Index · Statistics · Log

SVG map showing class assessment of each county as of June 2014


Please add your username to the list below and add {{User WP U.S. counties}} to your user page.

(In alphabetical order)

Active membersEdit

  1. Adamant1 (talk · contribs)
  2. Beland (talk · contribs)
  3. Bkonrad (talk · contribs)
  4. Buaidh (talk · contribs) – county statistics, statistical areas
  5. Bruin2 (talk · contribs) - Oklahoma
  6. Cassini127 (talk · contribs) - Florida
  7. Coal town guy (talk · contribs) – West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, almost anywhere
  8. Funandtrvl (talk · contribs)
  9. GeorgeLouis (talk · contribs) California
  10. HurricaneGonzalo (talk · contribs) - Indiana, Illinois, Georgia, Texas
  11. Huwmanbeing (talk · contribs)
  12. Indefatigable2 (talk · contribs) - New York
  13. James Shelton32 (talk · contribs) - Virginia
  14. Jdforrester (talk · contribs)
  15. Juliancolton (talk · contribs)
  16. Kestenbaum (talk · contribs)
  17. kitschqueen (talk · contribs)
  18. Lbr123 (talk · contribs)
  19. Lowerunit (talk · contribs)
  20. Ltwin (talk · contribs)
  21. M.Jovellanos (talk · contribs)
  22. MatthewJ00 (talk · contribs) - Most places, but mainly Virginia.
  23. Mikeroetto (talk · contribs)
  24. Mikhailov Kusserow (talk · contribs)
  25. MilaPedia (talk · contribs) - Maryland - Howard County
  26. Mjquinn id (talk · contribs) – Idaho, Colorado, South Dakota, Missouri, Illinois.
  27. Neutralhomer (talk · contribs) - Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland.
  28. Omnedon (talk · contribs)
  29. P64 (talk · contribs)
  30. Presidentman (talk · contribs)
  31. Qqqqqq (talk · contribs)
  32. Rfc1394 (talk · contribs)
  33. Ruhrfisch (talk · contribs)
  34. Spray787 (talk · contribs)
  35. The Anome (talk · contribs)
  36. Traveler7 (talk · contribs)
  37. VinceLeibowitz (talk · contribs) - Texas
  38. 90 (talk · contribs)
  39. Emmette Hernandez Coleman (talk · contribs) - Virginia
  40. DiggletheMoid (talk · contribs) - Indiana

Inactive membersEdit

  1. Blinutne (talk · contribs) - No edits since May 2009
  2. Brien Clark (talk · contribs) - No edits since December 2009
  3. ClairSamoht (talk · contribs) - No edits since August 2008
  4. Dan Tromedlov (talk · contribs) - Two edits since June 2010
  5. JoSePh (talk · contribs) - No edits since October 2006
  6. Kotosb (talk · contribs) - One edit since August 2009
  7. LouI (talk · contribs) - Two edits since October 2009
  8. Osgoodelawyer (talk · contribs) - No edits since June 2006
  9. Patricknoddy (talk · contribs) - No edits since June 2007
  10. Ram-Man (talk · contribs) - No edits since June 2010
  11. Redjar (talk · contribs) - No edits since February 2009
  12. Stilltim (talk · contribs) - No edits since April 2010
  13. vbofficial (talk · contribs) - No edits since January 2010
  14. VerruckteDan (talk · contribs) - Two edits since May 2010
  15. Wapcaplet (talk · contribs) - No edits since March 2009
  16. Wildcat156 (talk · contribs) - Two edits since December 2009
  17. Zinc2005 (talk · contribs) - One edit since December 2010


There is an article called County (United States) that discusses U.S. Counties in general, as opposed to any particular county, and provides a list of U.S. counties. It also lists the analogous administration districts of the current U.S. Federal Territories, and explains the differences between the various types of "counties". Pages on the administrative districts of U.S. Federal Territories are to have the same format as U.S. counties, subject to appropriate variances.

Each state has a list of counties. There is a primary table, FIPS state code as well as a primary page List of Counties of the United States that both point to the list of every county. Each page also includes the footer which interconnects all of them to each other, U.S. Counties. It looks like this:

Further information on the state county lists can found at Wikipedia:WikiProject U.S. counties/county lists.

How to use the templateEdit

A template article can be found at the bottom of this page. This section explains aspects of writing good county articles that the template doesn't address.

Naming the articleEdit

Each U.S. county is called by the common name of the state, e.g. Jackson County, Michigan. Where needed, a link to the county is placed on a more general entry page, e.g. Jackson contains links to Jackson County, Michigan, Jackson, Mississippi, Jackson, Michigan, and many more.

How the text should flowEdit

The article should consist of a few short paragraphs that give an outline of the history, politics, etc.. of the county. If any section becomes too long, It should be split off into a separate article with more detail, leaving a brief summary behind. The beginning of the section should look like this example:

{{main|Geography of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania}}

Content suggestionsEdit

  • Introduction
  • History
    • Origin of the county's name
    • Circumstances of the county's establishment
    • Major historical events that occurred in county
  • Geography
  • Demographics
    • County population
    • Racial/ethnic makeup
    • Religious makeup
  • Law/Government
    • Legislative body
    • County Executive-- current, previous executives
    • County taxes
  • Economy
    • Major industries/products
    • Largest employers
  • Education
    • Colleges/Universities in county
  • Recreation
    • Major parks and cultural institutions
    • Notable festivals and parades, with dates
    • Sporting teams in county
  • Communities
    • Census-recognized cities and towns in the county
    • List of municipalities
    • List of townships or other subdivisions
    • List of unincorporated communities in the county
    • List of adjacent counties
    • County Name - direction to border/optional direction to county
    • Note border shared with other country, if exists
    • Link back to full list of counties for state
    • Start at northernmost point, and move clockwise
    • See Jefferson County, Washington for example
  • A link to a list of counties in that county's state


Every county should be in at least one category, of the form "StateOrTerritoryName counties" (or "Alaska boroughs", "Alaska census areas", "Louisiana parishes").

About the U.S. county mapsEdit

The red and black U.S. county maps are generated from scanned public domain originals, which have then been modified by User:Wapcaplet and User:Jdforrester to indicate the counties and licensed under the GFDL. User:The Anome has uploaded these images using a bot. User:Ram-Man included links to these maps in all of the county articles.

Each of these county maps is credited thus: "Public domain Wikipedia:U.S. county map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin, modified to show counties. Released under GFDL."

The page Wikipedia:WikiProject U.S. Counties/checklist has pointers to all of the image filenames, whether they are uploaded yet or not.

The gold maps for California counties and grey maps for Nevada counties were done by User:Brion.

Template for a U.S. CountyEdit

Don't forget to replace the "_" with the name of the article being converted. For the table, replace the Xs with the proper information.

[[Template:Infobox U.S. County]] (See example use in the [[Prince George's County, Maryland]] article.)

_ is located in the [[U.S. state]] of [[_]].

Introductory paragraph.

''Main article: [[History of _]]''

==Law and government==
''Main article: [[Law and Government of _]]''

''Main article: [[Geography of _]]''

===Geographic features===
- orography
- weather
- soils
- hydrography

===Major highways===

===Adjacent counties===
*Abc County  (north)
*Nop County  (northeast)
*Xyz County, across the Deep River (east)
*Mexico  (south)
*Pacific Ocean  (west)

(A [ public domain list of adjacent counties for all 50 states] in wiki format is  available, but as of this writing has not been entered for all states.  See [[Wikipedia talk:WikiProject U.S. counties|talk page]] for status)

''Main article: [[Economy of _]]''

''Main article: [[Demographics of _]]''

==Cities and towns==

==Colleges and universities==
Or alternatively use:
===Unified school districts===
===Colleges and universities===

==Miscellaneous topics(Sports teams and similar lists)==

==Notes and references==
See [[WP:CITE]] for more information about how to use this section.