13.7 fragmented government

Cities traditionally grew throughout annexation.


The process of legally adding land area to a city is annexation. Today cities are less likely to annex peripheral land because the residents prefer to organize their own services rather than to pay taxes for them.

Metropolitan government

The number of local governments exceeds 20,000 throughout the United States, including several hundred in the Detroit area alone. The large number of local government units has led to calls for a metropolitan government.
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'This Government Has Fragmented Our NHS Services' | Sarah Sackman
Local Government Fragmentation