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The other day I was looking at a county map near my home in NE Georgia. I noticed that there is a point where 4 counties meet - Hall, Jackson, Gwinnett, and Barrow (see screenshot). enter image description here

This made me wonder if there are any locations in the U.S. where 5 or more counties meet at a single geographic point? If so, where?

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    interesting that the point of Jackson, Barrow & Gwinnett is tangential to the edge of Hall, and that Hall doesn't have a point there. – FreeMan May 6 at 19:45
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    There's a near quintipoint in Texas. – Rob May 7 at 3:13
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's a geography trivia question that has nothing to do with travelling. – David Richerby May 7 at 11:21
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    @Will By that reasoning, any question about any possible place on earth is a travel question. You don't make a travel question just by adding "And can I travel there?" onto the end of it: that's just boat programming. (Especially when the original question says nothing about travelling and "Can I travel there?" only gets added once somebody says it's off-topic.) – David Richerby May 7 at 12:13
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    If you're curious about other countries, the best multipoint seems to be on Sicily – Nathan Cooper May 7 at 14:09
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Lake Okeechobee in Florida is the best known location in the US where this happens, according to the Twelve Mile Circle website:

Looking at Lake Okeechobee on this Microsoft Encarta map clearly shows a point where five different Florida counties come together at a single point: Glades; Hendry; Palm Beach, Martin and Okeechobee. There is no other spot in the United States where this occurs.

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The blog states that this is the only location in the US; as far as we can tell that's correct, even though Ron Maupin found another near-occurrence in Texas.

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    "Microsoft Encarta" now there's a name I haven't heard in a long time. A long time. – MikeTheLiar May 6 at 20:09
  • The only point within a single state. But can this happen at the edge/corner of multiple states? – smci May 7 at 2:48
  • "Lake Okeechobee in Florida is the only location in the US where this happens" That is untrue. See my answer. – Ron Maupin May 7 at 4:18
  • @RonMaupin Nearly is nearly enough. – Deduplicator May 7 at 15:17
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    @RonMaupin's answer is incorrect: the five counties there come very close but don't all meet at a point. – David Richerby May 7 at 17:46
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In Texas, there is a point where five counties meet:

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The (roughly) triangle shaped county is Delta County. The county to the north is Lamar County. The county to the south is Hopkins county. The two counties to the east are Red River County (NE) and Franklin County (SE).

A better picture:

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    If you search this site (originally linked in a comment on the question) for "near-quintipoint", you'll find it claims this Texas situation is not an actual quintipoint. Can you address this? – Reinstate Monica May 7 at 7:56
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    Relevant image from the web site linked by the previous comment. – ikegami May 7 at 8:28
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    Texas DOT map (pdf) showing the "near-quintipoint" hook at the eastern end of Delta county, albeit not as exaggerated as with the Wolfram-generated maps. – user4556274 May 7 at 9:34
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    @Angew, if you ever visit there, you will find the point where the five counties meet, and if you ever go fishing there, you will have game wardens from the five different counties checking your fishing license. – Ron Maupin May 7 at 12:57
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    I don’t understand why this answer hasn’t been deleted; it’s quite clearly, blatantly wrong. This is exactly the issue with the HNQ; an incorrect answer to an off topic question, both with absurd numbers of votes. – Tim May 8 at 11:40
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There are five counties in Florida that meet in the middle of Lake Okeechobee.

I haven't been able to find more, but the Wikipedia article implies that there may be more.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadripoint#Multipoints_of_greater_numerical_complexity

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    This article from Condé Nast states that the Florida "quintipoint" is the only one in the United States. (Note that the Wikipedia article only implies that there are others elsewhere in the world, not necessarily in the USA.) – Michael Seifert May 6 at 15:26
  • @MichaelSeifert, that is not true. See my answer. – Ron Maupin May 7 at 4:20

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