consolidated town and city - "...derives from a past merger of the town government with a separately incorporated city within its boundaries." Prior to home rule, consolidation required a special act by the Connecticut General Assembly.[7, p.1]
form of government - "refers to the nature of the chief executive and of the legislative body in a municipality...there is considerable variation among Connecticut municipalities within each form." [7, p.3]
home rule - "In 1957 the Connecticut legislature adopted a statutory home rule law which allows any town or city to write and adopt its own charter and which allows amendment of existing charters..."[7 p.2]
minor civil subdivisions - A term used in Census publications. For more details, see the U.S. Census Glossary.
New England City and Town Area (NECTA) is the term to use when working with U.S. Census information.