Cities in Connecticut

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

Connecticut allows municipal charter cities. Connecticut does not have any counties.[1]

There are 179 total municipalities in Connecticut. Of those 179, 75 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 104 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

There are 179 local municipal governments in Connecticut. Of these, 104 operate under a charter.[2] No power is vested in Connecticut's counties, and the other types of local governments are similar to one another in their powers and functions. These types are as follows:

  • Cities and Boroughs: There are 30 such municipalities in Connecticut. These are further classified as boroughs and cities--primarily for historical reasons.
  • Towns/Townships: There are 149 townships in Connecticut. The entire area of the state is divided into townships and these townships are treated as municipalities under Connecticut law. The only exceptions to this rule are the 20 townships (not included in the count) which have been consolidated with cities or boroughs.[3]
  • In addition, there are 448 special districts and 17 independent school districts.[4]

Initiative Process Availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Connecticut

The powers of Initiative and Referendum for an amendment, or repeal of an amendment, to the municipal charter is mandated for all charter cities and towns and the process is largely determined by the State Statutes in Title 7 Ch. 99. According to section 7-188 of the State Statutes this power also applies to ordinances enacted before October 1 of 1982.[5][1]

Some charter local governments have the initiative and referendum power for local ordinances, but the process is set at the local level.[1]

There was no mention of initiative and referendum powers for general law cities or towns found in the Connecticut Constitution and State Statutes.[1]

For more information on which local governments have Initiative and Referendum powers and what the signature requirements are in each, see: Local Charter Governments with Initiative and Referendum Document

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Connecticut
City[6] Population City Type Next election
Bridgeport 145,638 Charter Town Meeting Initiative Process
New Haven 129,585 Charter Town Meeting Initiative Process
Hartford 124,867 Charter Town Meeting Initiative Process
Stamford 123,868 Charter Town Meeting Initiative Process
Waterbury 110,189 Charter Town Meeting Initiative Process
Norwalk 86,460 Charter Town Meeting Initiative Process
Danbury 81,671 Charter Town Meeting Initiative Process
New Britain 73,261 Charter Town Meeting Initiative Process
Meriden 60,770 Charter Town Meeting Initiative Process
Bristol 60,525 Charter Town Meeting Initiative Process

Full list of cities

See also: List of Connecticut cities
A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there were 30 incorporated cities and boroughs in Connecticut. A full list of cities in Connecticut is available here.

See also