county seat


Definition of county seat

: a town that is the seat of county administration

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Lakeport, north of San Francisco, is the county seat and a popular destination for bass anglers and boaters on the shores of Clear Lake. Marcio Jose Sanchez And Sudhin Thanawala, Fox News, "Twin wildfires threatening 10,000 California homes," 31 July 2018 In Beaufort County, more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) east of Raleigh, emergency management officials will use school system buses on Wednesday to move residents living in flood-prone areas to higher ground in Washington, the county seat. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "Florence poses a new threat for rural, struggling towns," 11 Sep. 2018 Lakeport, north of San Francisco, is the county seat and a popular destination for bass anglers and boaters on the shores of Clear Lake. Marcio Jose Sanchez, The Seattle Times, "Twin wildfires threatening 10,000 California homes," 30 July 2018 In 1818 a real estate developer and landowner named John Paul donated 100 acres to fledgling Ripley County on which to build the county seat. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Nonstop to Paris starts May 24: 4 weird ways the French have made history in Indiana," 22 May 2018 Another day, another climate lawsuit: Washington state's King County, whose county seat is Seattle, has filed a lawsuit against five major oil and gas companies for their contributions to climate change. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Mothers lobbied Scott Pruitt to ban a toxic chemical. Two days later, EPA signaled it would.," 11 May 2018 The county seat of Ellensburg, population 20,000, has been one of the 10 fastest growing small cities in the nation for the past two years, census figures show, fueled by retirees and long-distance commuters priced out of the Seattle area. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "Solar Plan Collides With Farm Tradition in Pacific Northwest," 11 July 2018 The prison feels a world apart from Huntingdon Borough, the sleepy county seat just a 20-minute walk away. Samantha Melamed,, "Can the rural prison economy survive the era of decarceration?," 7 June 2018 But those locations, particularly in rural areas, might be far from the county seat or official headquarters, which can slow down and complicate the vote tabulation process. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Why it takes so long to get election night results," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of county seat

1803, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of county seat

US : the town or city in a county where the government offices and buildings are located

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