A Quiz in Honor of National County Government Month

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Apr 12, 2017 4:10:00 AM

ICMA Poster in a Quiz About County GovernmentApril is National County Government Month. Counties across the country are encouraged to raise public awareness of just how important they are in maintaining quality of life for the residents they serve. For instance, counties maintain about 45% of all our domestic roads, own 976 hospitals and operate 91% of all local jails. How much do you know about counties? Take our quiz below and find out!  Then add a fun fact about your county in the comment section below.


County Quiz

1) What is the largest U.S. county by population?

2) What is the smallest county by population?

3) Which state has the most counties?

4) In Louisiana, county equivalents are known as parishes. What do they call them in Alaska?

5) Which of these state pairs has the highest number of wealthiest counties as determined by median household income?

  1. California and New York
  2. New Jersey and Virginia
  3. Florida and Maryland

6) Which county is currently experiencing the greatest population growth?

7) This president has the most counties named after him, 30 to be exact:

  1. Washington
  2. Jefferson
  3. Lincoln

8) According to NACo, how many counties are there in the country?

  1.  513
  2. 3,069
  3. 11,029

9) What is a county's administrative center called?

10) Which of these crucial functions do counties perform for us:

  1.  Conduct restaurant food safety inspections
  2. Own 75% of all publicly owned nursing homes
  3. Fund polling places
  4. Operate 911 emergency systems
  5. a and d only
  6. All of the Above
  7. None of the Above

 

 

Answers

1) What is the largest U.S. county by population?

Los Angeles county with over 10.1 million people in 2016

2) What is the smallest county by population?

Loving County Texas with a population of 82 in the 2010 census

3) Which state has the most counties?

Texas with 254, 95 more than second place Georgia

4) In Louisiana, county equivalents are known as parishes. What do they call them in Alaska?

Boroughs

5) Which of these state pairs has the highest number of wealthiest counties as determined by median household income?

New Jersey and Virginia

6) Which county is currently experiencing the greatest population growth?

Maricopa County Arizona

7) This president has the most counties named after him, 30 to be exact.

Washington

8) According to NACo, how many counties are there in the country?

3,069

9) What is a county's administrative center called?

Seat

10) Which of these crucial functions do counties perform for us:

All of the Above

More Resources

Explore the NACo/ iCivics' (no affiliation) Counties Work site for educational and entertaining ways to promote National County Government Month. Find links to:

  • Interactive role playing games to help young people step inside the shoes of county officials
  • Curriculum that teaches students about local governments and Native American tribal leadership
  • Tips for county officials when visiting schools

 

Fun Facts About Your County

 In the comment section below, please contribute a fun fact about your own county. This could be your county's motto, a blue law, a little know fact, or what you like most about it. Everyone will have something different to say, so there can be more than one entry per county.

Image courtesy of NACo and National County Government Month (No affiliation.)

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