The State We’re In: Why does Pennsylvania have so many governments?

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Pennsylvania has 67 counties, 959 boroughs, 1546 townships and 56 cities.

Many of those governments were formed with geography in mind. Bodies of water, mountains and roads often determined where a borough, township or city would be located.

Local governments also have different responsibilities and restrictions, depending on their type.

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