Litchfield County is located in northwestern Connecticut in the New York metropolitan area. The county was named after Lichfield, in England. Litchfield County has the lowest population density of any county in Connecticut and is geographically the state's largest county.
Litchfield County comprises the Torrington, CT Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the New York–Newark, NY–NJ–CT–PA Combined Statistical Area.
As is the case with the other seven Connecticut counties, there is no county government and no county seat. Each town is responsible for all local services such as schools, snow removal, sewers, and fire and police departments. However, in some cases in rural areas, adjoining towns may agree to jointly provide services or even establish a joint school system.