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Population of Interest: 2012

The survey coverage includes defined benefit plans of public-employee pension systems administered by state and local governments throughout the nation. Pension systems were only included if they met the following two criteria: (1) they were sponsored by a recognized unit of government as defined by the Census Bureau and (2) their membership was comprised of public employees compensated with public funds.

Data are shown for individual pension systems as well as at the national, state, and local level. There were 227 state-administered and 3,771 locally-administered defined benefit public pension systems, all of which are represented here.

For further information, please refer to the 2012 Census of Governments: Finance – Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data 2012 Survey Methodology [PDF, 124KB]


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | State & Local Public-Employee Retirement Systems | 1 (888) 529-1963 | govs.pensions@census.gov |  Last Revised: April 30, 2014