These visualizations depict the growth of special districts and decline of school districts over time: 1952-2012. Darker shades indicate more governmental units. Gray indicates that the governmental unit has no data for that census year. The geographic distribution of special districts and school districts to counties is an approximation based on single county associations, though special districts and school districts in some parts of the U.S. may have boundaries that intersect multiple counties.
Did you know there were 90,107 governments in the U.S. in 2012, up from 89,527 in 2007.
Late 2014: Preliminary release of 2012 Census of Governments: Finance data for state and local governments.
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