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    County vs Town vs Parish vs Borough

    What are the differences between them?

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    Re: County vs Town vs Parish vs Borough

    A county is a region in the UK. A town is smaller than a city. A parish is the area covered by a church. A borough is part of a city for administration.


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    Re: County vs Town vs Parish vs Borough

    and town vs county?

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    Re: County vs Town vs Parish vs Borough

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    and town vs county?
    A county is an administrative region which contains towns and cities.


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    Re: County vs Town vs Parish vs Borough

    You need an American to answer as well. These terms are differently used there


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    Re: County vs Town vs Parish vs Borough

    In America the primary divisions are counties and towns. A town and a city are the same except that a town is smaller. Most states do not use the term parish as a concrete municipality, but rather the area that a church serves. Exceptions to this are Louisiana and some parts of South Carolina. In Louisiana a Parish is the same as a county. Boroughs are not commonly used either, but you should check with individual cities to be sure. The most well known boroughs are the five in New York City: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. These boroughs have a unique relationship with the city and county, ect. Check Wikipedia or a New York city official for more details.
    As an interesting side note, many parts of the Eastern US that were colonized by England (or should I say Great Britain? Most of us use all the terms interchangably and maybe that's wrong) have towns and cities whose names end in -boro. In North Carolina, for example, we have Tarboro, Carrboro, Pittsboro, Hillsboro, Goldsboro, and more.

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    Re: County vs Town vs Parish vs Borough

    In Pennsylvania, where I live now, the word "borough" is used to describe the town limits. For example, the town where I live is called "Downingtown" (after Mr. Downing) and I live just inside the borough limits. Across the the street, people still have a Downingtown address, but they are not inside the borough. I think this may have mattered for tax purposes, but it doesn't seem to matter now.

    I'm not sure if this is related to Pennsylvania being a Commonwealth or not.

    A village, by the way, is even smaller than a town.

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