New England town

basic unit of local government in each of the six New England federated states of the United States

New England towns have a basic local government in each of the six New England states. New England towns are similar to civil townships.

Massachusetts town line sign, indicating the name of the town, the date of its establishment, and the seal of the state.

New England towns are often governed by town meetings. There is little to no county government, and Connecticut and Rhode Island counties have no government authority.[1][2] Massachusetts has removed eight of fourteen county governments so far.[3]


  1. "Connecticut State Register and Manual, Section VI: Counties". Connecticut Secretary of the State. Archived from the original on 2011-11-27. Retrieved 2010-01-23. THERE ARE NO COUNTY SEATS IN CONNECTICUT. County government was abolished effective October 1, 1960; counties continue only as geographical subdivisions.
  2. "Facts & History". Retrieved 2010-01-23. Rhode Island has no county government. It is divided into 39 municipalities, each having its own form of local government.
  3. "Historical Data Relating to the Incorporation of and Abolishment of Counties in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts". Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. Retrieved 2010-01-23.