Cities 101

Cities 101 is a public resource developed by the National League of Cities to introduce and explain municipal government in the United States. There are many ways cities are created, and there exists considerable variation in their power and authority.

  • City Structures

    This section of Cities 101 provides information about city structures and includes pages about: local U.S. governments, the number of local governments and their populations, forms of municipal government, municipal charters, city-county consolidations, a list of consolidated city-county governments, and state municipal leagues.

  • City Powers

    This section of Cities 101 provides information about city powers and includes pages about: municipal annexation, local government authority, and metropolitan councils.

  • City Officials

    This section of Cities 101 provides information about city officials and includes pages about: elected officials, municipal elections, partisan vs. nonpartisan elections, mayoral powers, mayor-controlled public schools, mayor's term, city councils, and average salaries of municipal officials.

  • City Finances

    This section of Cities 101 provides information about city finances and includes pages about: local revenue structures (including revenue from taxes, other sources, and intergovernmental transfers), public budgets, financing public education, municipal bonds, state and local government pensions, and state and local bankruptcy.

  • City Factoids

    This section of Cities 101 provides city factoids and includes pages about: the Athenian Oath, American flag at half mast, city "firsts," city rankings, history's first mayors, miscellaneous factoids, most common U.S. street names, notable cities, patriotic-sounding city names, sister cities, songs about cities, and the 30 most populous cities.