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United States Counties that I have Visited

1,390 Counties Visited = 44.3% of Counties in the United States

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Counties in the United States that I have Visited

Image courtesy of: Mob Rule


On August 14, 2002, I crossed the Red River of the North on Interstate 94 to enter Fargo, North Dakota. Concurrently I arrived at my 50th and final state in the United States. With that goal successfully attained I decided to focus on the next level of achievement: the counties and county-equivalents. I thought I'd done pretty well until I plotted it on a map and demonstrated to myself how little of the country I'd actually seen. These results are pretty sparse compared to some people's county "life lists" that I have seen, but at least it's a reasonable start.

Progress by State

		State              Total Counties   Counties Visited	Percent Visited
			
		Alabama                  67                 23               34.3%
		Alaska                   29                  7               24.1%
		Arizona                  15                  9               60.0%
		Arkansas                 75                 10               13.3%
		California               58                 24               41.4%
		Colorado                 64                 32               50.0%
		Connecticut               8                  8              100.0%
		Delaware                  3                  3              100.0%
		Florida                  67                 37               55.2%
		Georgia                 159                 38               23.9%
		Hawaii                    5                  2               40.0%
		Idaho                    44                  5               11.4%
		Illinois                102                 45               44.1%
		Indiana                  92                 37               40.2%
		Iowa                     99                 30               30.3%
		Kansas                  105                 17               16.2%
		Kentucky                120                 72               60.0%
		Louisiana                64                 31               48.4%
		Maine                    16                 13               81.3%
		Maryland                 24                 24              100.0%
		Massachusetts            14                 14              100.0%
		Michigan                 83                 36               43.4%
		Minnesota                87                 23               26.4%
		Mississippi              82                 31               37.8%
		Missouri                115                 42               36.5%
		Montana                  56                  4                7.1%
		Nebraska                 93                 29               31.2%
		Nevada                   17                  6               35.3%
		New Hampshire            10                 10              100.0%
		New Jersey               21                 18               85.7%
		New Mexico               33                 16               48.5%
		New York                 62                 47               75.8%
		North Carolina          100                 66               66.0%
		North Dakota             53                  6               11.3%
		Ohio                     88                 39               44.3%
		Oklahoma                 77                  5                6.5%
		Oregon                   36                 23               63.9%
		Pennsylvania             67                 49               73.1%
		Rhode Island              5                  5              100.0%
		South Carolina           46                 25               54.3%
		South Dakota             66                 18               27.3%
		Tennessee                95                 53               55.8%
		Texas                   254                 41               16.1%
		Utah                     29                 22               75.9%
		Vermont                  14                 14              100.0%
		Virginia                133                133              100.0%
		Washington               39                 23               59.0%
		West Virginia            55                 49               89.1%
		Wisconsin                72                 59               81.9%
		Wyoming                  23                 16               69.6%
			
		District of Columbia      1                  1              100.0%

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		UNITED STATES          3142               1390               44.3%

		

Are there really 3142 counties in the United States?

There were 3142 counties and county-equivalent administrative units listed by the United States Bureau of the Census as of 2010. In Alaska they are called boroughs and in Louisiana they are called parishes. Examples of county-equivalent administrative units are independent cities (mainly in Virginia, but also a few others), several named census areas that are part of the larger Unorganized Borough in Alaska, and the District of Columbia which is neither a county nor a state. However for purposes of the Census, these are all considered the equivalent of counties. This can get complicated so if this topic interests you, check out Wikipedia's County (United States) page for a technical discussion.

Do Counties change?

Counties and county-equivalents do change, although not nearly as frequently as when the United States was young and growing. Here are a few fairly recent examples: So even today the "number of counties" is a moving target.