There are 159 counties in Georgia. Six counties are not considered to be functioning because each has consolidated its services with an incorporated place. Clarke County is served by the unified government of Athens-Clarke County. Richmond County is served by the consolidated government of Augusta-Richmond County. Chattahoochee county and the former Cusseta city consolidated to form the consolidated government of Cusseta-Chattahoochee County and is classified as a municipal government. Columbus city and Muscogee County consolidated to form the consolidated government of Columbus and is classified as a municipal government. Quitman county and the former Georgetown city consolidated and renamed to form the “unified government” of Georgetown-Quitman County (place). Webster County Unified Government consolidated with Webster County and renamed to form the “unified government” of Webster County (place). Each county has a county government except for Chattahoochee, Clarke, Muscogee, Quitman, and Richmond counties.
There are 586 county subdivisions in Georgia. They are all census county divisions (CCDs), which are delineated for statistical purposes, have no legal function, and are not governmental units. CCDs in Georgia were first established for the 1960 census. Prior to the 1960 census, militia districts were used as county subdivisions.