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1992 Census of Governments


Government Organization

  • Volume 1, No. 1: Government Organization [PDF, 3.69MB] – Report provides explanations of concepts and data tables showing the number of governments by location and type of government.

    Appendix A includes Individual State Descriptions: description by state about how governments are organized, and number of governments by type.

  • Volume 1, No. 2: Popularly Elected Officials [PDF, 2.34MB] – ** Discontinued after 1992. Report provides the number of elected officials by type of government, form of local governing board, demographic characteristics of the officials, methods by which they are paid, and geographic location. Also explains basic concepts regarding elected offices and the forms local governing bodies take.
  • Datafiles and documentation are available at Lists & Structure of Government - Historical Data


Taxable Property Values (Discontinued after 1992)

  • Volume 2, No. 1: Assessed Valuations for Local General Property Taxation [PDF, 1.83MB] – ** Discontinued after 1992. Report provides the assessed values of property subject to taxation, for states, counties, and cities with populations of 50,000 or more; the amounts of property tax revenue by state; and explanations of concepts related to property taxes.
  • Appendices describe the legal basis of property taxation in each state and their time periods for performing assessments.


Government Employment & Payroll

  • Volume 3, No. 1: Employment of Major Local Governments [PDF, 1.96MB] – Report provides explanations of government employment concepts, and tables showing the number of employees, average employee earnings, and payrolls for:
  • Counties
  • Municipalities and townships with population of 25,000 or more
  • School systems that enroll 5,000 or more pupils
  • Special districts that have 100 or more full-time employees
  • Volume 3, No. 2: Compendium of Public Employment [PDF, 4.13MB] – Report provides explanations of government employment concepts, and 21 detailed tables showing the number of employees, average employee earnings, and payrolls by state, county, type of government, size of population, activities performed by the governments (governmental functions), etc.
  • Viewable tables, Excel spreadsheets, and datafiles are available at Government Employment & Payroll - Historical Data: 1992 for:
  • Federal government
  • State governments only
  • Local governments only
  • State and local governments combined


Government Finance

  • Volume 4, No. 1: Public Education Finances [PDF, 3.10MB] – Report explains concepts about the finances of public elementary and secondary schools, and provides data about sources of revenue, types of revenue and expenditure, debts, and assets, by state and for individual school systems with 5,000 students or more.
  • Volume 4, No. 2: Finances of Special District Governments [PDF, 2.01MB] – Report explains concepts of government finance, and provides finance data about special districts-type and sources of revenue, and types of expenditures, debts, and assets. Data are aggregated by state, and shown for selected individual special districts.
  • Volume 4, No. 3: Finances of County Governments [PDF, 3.09MB] – Report explains concepts of government finance, and provides finance data about county governments-type and sources of revenue, and types of expenditures, debts, and assets. Data are aggregated by state, by population of county, and shown for individual counties.
  • Volume 4, No. 4: Finances of Municipal and Township Governments [PDF, 3.00MB] – Report explains concepts of government finance, and provides finance data about municipal (city) and township governments-type and sources of revenue, and types of expenditures, debts, and assets. Data are aggregated by state, by population of municipality or township, and shown for individual municipalities with 25,000 people or more, and individual townships in the Northeastern United States that have 25,000 people or more.
  • Volume 4, No. 5: Compendium of Government Finances [PDF, 11.8MB] – Report explains concepts of government finance, and provides finance data about state and local governments-type and sources of revenue, and types of expenditures, debts, and assets-and shows the sum totals of all governments within a state or county, as well as state totals for each type of government.
  • Volume 4, No. 6: Employee Retirement Systems of State and Local Governments [PDF, 881KB] – Report explains concepts of employee-retirement systems, and provides finance data for state-administered and local government-administered retirement programs for government employees. Finance data focus on assets-cash and security holdings by type-and payments made (benefits, withdrawals, and administration) by state and for individual systems with holdings of $20 million or more.
  • Viewable tables, Excel spreadsheets, and datafiles are available for:

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census of Governments | 1 (800) 242–2184 | govs.cms.inquiry@census.gov |  Last Revised: September 05, 2013