Dating by towns
In other cases the town lacks its own governance and is said to be "unincorporated".
Note that the existence of an unincorporated town may be legally set forth through other means, as through zoning districts.
In English and Dutch, the meaning of the word took on the sense of the space which these fences enclosed.
In England, a town was a small community that could not afford or was not allowed to build walls or other larger fortifications, and built a palisade or stockade instead.
He identified five types of town: In Albania "qytezë" means town, which is very similar with the word for city ("qytet").
Although there is no official use of the term for any settlement.
In Old Norse tun means a (grassy) place between farmhouses, and is still used in a similar meaning in modern Norwegian.
The distinction between a town and a city similarly depends on the approach: a city may strictly be an administrative entity which has been granted that designation by law, but in informal usage, the term is also used to denote an urban locality of a particular size or importance: whereas a medieval city may have possessed as few as 10,000 inhabitants, today some consider an urban place of fewer than 100,000 as a town, even though there are many officially designated cities that are much smaller than that.
Australian geographer Thomas Griffith Taylor proposed a classification of towns based on their age and pattern of land use.
In the case of some planned communities, the town exists legally in the form of covenants on the properties within the town.
The United States Census identifies many census-designated places (CDPs) by the names of unincorporated towns which lie within them; however, those CDPs typically include rural and suburban areas and even surrounding villages and other towns.