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Local government in Wisconsin consists of 72 counties, 595 cities and villages, and 1255 towns. In addition, there are 761 special districts and 440 independent school districts.[1]

Further classifications:

  • All cities and villages have home rule authority and are able to pass charter ordinances.[2]
  • Milwaukee is the only first-class city and only remaining city with a private act charter. Other cities are classified as second, third, or fourth class.[3]

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