Recoding County-Level Data
|Maryland||Garrett||Oakland, Town Of|
|Maryland||Town of Bel Air|
|Maryland||Howard County Department of Fire Rescue Services|
|Maryland||Worcester||Ocean City, Town Of|
Because many of the subgrantee fields are filled even when the county is not and most of the subgrantees are local government agencies, I tried to recode the counties according to FIPS 6-4, “Counties and Equivalent Entities of the United States, Its Possessions, and Associated Areas.” Local governments were recoded to their parent counties, as appropriate.
Going through this process by hand, I have some observations on the first-order divisions of states:
- There are five townships in Ohio with the name Scioto.
- There are two counties named Jeff Davis, one named Jefferson Davis, and a parish in Louisiana named Jefferson Davis.
- There are seven counties in the United States named Howard County.
- A remarkable number of states have cities and counties with the same name, but which are not near each other.