Info about Canadian counties and county equivalents
County-level data for Canada has been integrated into this site.
Much of the information below is dated.
Canada is not as organized as the U.S. (I mean that in the legal sense).
The oldest, eastern provinces
typically have named county subdivisions like most U.S. states. In Quebec,
these subdivisions are called "regional county municipalities"
(municipalité régionale de comté). The younger, western provinces
have "regional municipalities" or "regional districts" or "census
divisions", which may be named or numbered. The boundaries of these
subdivisions are generally more dynamic than in the U.S., especially
in the west and in the northern, sparsely populated areas of other
an article on the structure of each province and territory.
Canadian fast facts
- The entire territory of the Yukon is treated as a single census division.
Canada maps on thie site
County outlines imposed on Google maps
are now available on
outline maps for Canada.
Info about Mexican subdivision maps
Mexico has 31 states (estados) plus the Federal District
(Distrito Federal), which are further subdivided into
municipalities (municipios). I was able to
find on-line maps showing boundaries for some of these states.
In addition, the web site of the
Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes has detailed PDF files for the
Mexican estados that show the outlines of the municipios (hat tip to Joe Isham
for the pointer and for the updated pointer).
Mexican fast facts
- The state of Oaxaca is divided into 570 municipalities (municipios),
the most of any Mexican state.
- The largest municipality by area is Ensenada in Baja California,
which at over 20,000 mi2 is comparable in size to
San Bernardino County in California.
If you find any more links or fun facts about Canadian
and Mexican subdivisions,
I would appreciate if you would tell me about them at
Last modified: Thu Jan 5 18:04:54 PST 2012