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Municipality

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A municipality or general-purpose district (see also: special-purpose district) is an administrative local area generally composed of a clearly defined territory and commonly referring to a city, town, or village government.

Municipalities are not necessarily the same as townships.

In most countries, this is the smallest administrative subdivision that has its own democratically elected representative leadership.

Table of contents
1 Municipalities as second level entities
2 First level entities and other forms of municipalities
3 See also

Municipalities as second level entities

First level entities and other forms of municipalities

See also