New York Counties
New York CountiesThere are 62 counties in the State of New York. The first twelve counties in New York were created immediately after the British annexation of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, although two of these counties have since been abolished. The most recent county formation in New York was in 1912, when Bronx County was created from the portions of New York City that had been annexed from Westchester County. New York's counties are named for a variety of Native American words, British provinces, cities, and royalty, early American statesmen and generals, and state politicians.
Broome County, New York
Broome County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Named in honor of Joseph Bronck, first settler of the region north of the Harlem River (a peace treaty with the Indians was signed at his home in 1642)
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Broome County, named after Lieut. Gov. Broome, was taken from Tioga in 1806. Length on the Pennsylvania line, 37
miles; breadth on the Tioga boundary 28, on the Delaware 13, and midway 17 miles. Centrally distant from New York,
northwest 252, and from Albany, southwest, 145 miles. The surface of the country is broken and mountainous. Among its
principal elevations are the Cookquago, the Oquago, and the Randolph mountains. The valleys bordering on its numerous
streams are extensive and fertile, producing large quantities of wheat. The soil is generally better adapted to grazing
than the culture of grain. Fruit succeeds well. The inhabitants are principally farmers, and it's agriculture is
respectable. The Chenango canal enters the county on the north, follows down the vally of the Chenango river, and enters
the Susquehannnah river at Binghamtion. The line of the Erie railroad passes throught he county. The county is divided
into 11 towns. (Historical Collections of the State of New York, Past and Present, Barber, John, Warner, Clark Albien &
Broome County is defined by the valleys and hills surrounding the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers
and the rich contrast between urban living in the Greater Binghamton area and the surrounding rural environment.
Broome County is located in south-central New York State, directly north of the border with Pennsylvania in a
section of the state called the Southern Tier. The Chenango River joins the Susquehanna River, which flows through
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"