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This page contains a list of cities in New York, and other information about local governments.

New York allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 57 total counties in New York. Of those 57:[1]

There are 1,550 total municipalities in New York. Of those 1,550, 1,488 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 62 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in New York consists of:

  • Counties: There are 62 counties in New York. Five of these counties fall under the jurisdiction of the City of New York. 38 are governed by general law and 19 have charters.
  • Cities: There are 62 cities in New York. All cities have charters.
  • Towns: There are 932 towns. No towns have charters, being governed by the Town Law. The area of each county (excluding cities) is divided into towns.
  • Village: There are 551 villages. No villages have charters, being governed by the Village Law. Each village exists within a town.[2][3]

Note: The distinction between villages and cities is not based on population, but organization.[4]

  • In addition, there are 1,172 special districts and 679 independent school districts.[5]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in New York


All of New York's 62 cities have charter amendment by initiative under state law.[6][7]


Suffolk County has an initiative process authorized by a special state law. Also, five counties are under the jurisdiction of New York City. As such residents of these counties enjoy an initiative process at the city level.[8][7]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in New York
City[9] Population City Type Next election
New York 8,244,910 Charter 2017
Buffalo 261,025 Charter 2015
Rochester 210,855 Charter N/A
Yonkers 197,399 Charter N/A
Syracuse 145,151 Charter N/A
Albany 97,660 Charter N/A
New Rochelle 77,606 Charter N/A
Mount Vernon 67,780 Charter N/A
Schenectady 66,273 Charter N/A
Utica 62,110 Charter N/A

Full list of cities

See also: List of New York cities
A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there were 1,550 incorporated cities and towns in New York. A full list of cities in New York is available here.

See also