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The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a Census of Governments of all state and local government organization units every 5 years, for years ending in 2 and 7, as required by law under Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 161. The collection of these data will
Statistics on the number of federal, state, and local government civilian employees and their gross payrolls by functional category. Data are available online from 1992 and on:
Financial activity of governments including revenues, expenditures, debt and assets. Data are available online from 1992 and on:
Financial statistics of public school systems, including data on revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets.:
Financial statistics on state and local government employee retirement systems. Annual data are available online from 1993 and on. Quarterly data for the last five years are available online.
Annual survey of state government tax revenue and quarterly survey of tax revenue for state & local governments. Annual data are available online from 1992 and on. Quarterly data are available online from 1993 and on:
Information about state & local governments, including the number of governments in the U.S.
The Census Bureau also conducts surveys about special topics related to government activity for other federal agencies.