What constitues a city/town/village?

Here’s one for the Dopers: What qualifications make up a “city”, “town”, or “village”? I know that it’s not population alone, because there are “villages” that have fewer people than some “cities”. Anyone know this one?

This same question was asked a few months ago: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=45351

I’ve wondered this myself, especially since moving to New Jersey. We have towns, villages, cities, boroughs, boros, townships, etc.

I remember thinking “Borough? Isn’t that a hole in the ground where rabbits live?”

Cripes. Guess I put in the wrong search parameters somewhere. Thanks, barbitu8.

Yeah, that’s easy to do. The first time I searched I used village + city + town (entire message) and did not come up with it. Next time I just used village subject only & got it. Go figure.