What county Am I In?
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What is a County?
In the United States, states are sub-divided into geographical administrative regions known as “counties.”
Across the entirety of the US, there are 3,142 counties and county equivalents. The state with the largest number of counties is Texas, with 254 counties in all. The state with the fewest is Delaware, which has just 3.
What are “county equivalents?” These refer to boroughs (in Alaska) and parishes (in Louisiana). They are the same thing, but they are called by a different name.
Counties are sometimes confused with cities and towns.
Cities and towns are smaller communities which are located within counties.
The city or town where the county government is housed is known as the “county seat.”
To take a random example, Oklahoma County contains a number of cities, including Oklahoma City (which is the county seat), Spencer, Bethany, Del City, Edmond, Harrah, Midwest City, and others.
It also contains towns such as Arcadia, Forest Park, Luther, Valley Brook, and more.
Why is it Important to Know Your County?
Day to day, you may not put much thought into what county you inhabit. But now and again, you will have to write down your county on a form or look it up in order to contact an official or obtain a service.
While the federal, state, and city governments are in charge of regulating many aspects of modern life, the county government has regulatory oversight over certain facets as well.
Furthermore, private businesses sometimes set up services and pricing by county.
Below are some reasons why you might need to use a county tool to look up your county.
Knowing your county can be important when it comes to applying for financing. For example, say you are buying a home, and need to know what type of mortgage to apply for.
The financing limits for conventional mortgages are set for each individual county. So you would need to look up the county where you are buying the home to know whether you can apply for a conventional loan or not.
Insurance plans and pricing also vary from county to county, because the risks that you face in different locations are not the same.
Diving in Los Angeles is not the same as driving in a small rural town. As a result, you need to know your county in order to preview and select insurance plans.
Counties may be involved with setting up zoning regulations. If you want to build a home or commercial structure, you need to be able to look up the zoning regulations in your county before planning your project.
4. County Officials
Need to ask a county official a question? Before you can contact the right person, you need to know which county you are located in.
5. Operating a Business
Do you run or plan to run a business? Local taxes can be set at the level of the state, county, or municipality. It is also possible that you may need to apply for a license from the county in order to operate.
6. Emergency Information
County authorities may be responsible for disseminating emergency information. That means that in order to look up updates on emergencies in your area (or share critical updates of your own with authorities), you need to know what county you are located in.
Companies which handle utilities may vary their plans and pricing from one county to another. So say you want to order internet services. Looking up your county will allow you to view plans and deals available for your area.
8. County Services
The services provided by a county depend on your location, but some counties provide extensive services, especially in southern and western states. They may be in charge of welfare, mental health service, veterans affairs services, the preservation of historical sites, and much more.
If you need to avail yourself of any of these services, you need to know what county you are located in first. Only then can you see what is available and contact the proper office for assistance.
Use Our County Tool Now to Look Up Your County Name
Whether you are shopping for a mortgage, choosing an insurance provider, trying to license a business, or searching for information on local regulations, learning what county you live in is vital.
Ready to find out? Just scroll back up to the top of this page and input your zip code, town name or address into the search bar and our county tool will give you an instant answer!