FAQ: Local Governments

FAQ: Local Governments

How many municipalities are in Pennsylvania?

There are 2,562 municipalities in Pennsylvania.

What is an Authority?

The Authority in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a special type of local government (sometimes called a government unit). Authorities provide services to residents of a community—usually water and sewer services. But there are other types of Authorities, too. These include Parking Authorities, Housing Authorities, Port Authorities, and Transportation Authorities, to name a few. These units of government handle day-to-day operations and planning. They take away the need for county or local governments to directly provide these services.