How popular is the council-manager form of government?
It's the most popular type of local government in the United States. More than 3,500 cities with populations of 2,500 or more residents operate under the council-manager form. More than 92 million people in the U.S. live in council-manager communities.

Out of 247 cities with greater than 100,000 residents, 144 or 58% use this form of government. Major cities using the council-manager system include:
- Charlotte, NC
- Dallas, TX
- Las Vegas, NV
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Phoenix, AZ
- San Antonio, TX
- San Jose, CA

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1. What is the council-manager form of government as used by the City of Madison Heights?
2. Is it a responsive form of government?
3. What is the council’s function?
4. Where does the mayor of the city fit in?
5. What is the manager’s function?
6. What is the history of the council-manager form?
7. Does the manager participate in policy determination?
8. What is the cost to the local government of appointing a professional manager?
9. How popular is the council-manager form of government?
10. Where do managers get their experience?
11. Do managers participate in local politics?
12. What else does ICMA’s Code of Ethics cover?
13. What is ICMA?