"Give Me Liberty...."

Did you know that all of Virginia's cities are independent? That is, since 1971, they have not been part of any county even though geographically they may be completely surrounded by one. In fact, thirty-eight of the US's 41 independent cities are in Virginia. Because counties have historically been a strong institution in local government in most of the United States, independent cities are relatively rare outside of Virginia. The three exceptions are Baltimore, Maryland; St. Louis, Missouri; and Carson City, Nevada.