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2012 Census of Governments

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

  • Identify the scope and nature of the nation's state and local governments.
  • Classify local government organizations, powers, and activities.
  • Provide authoritative benchmark data on public finance and public employment.
  • Measure state and local governments' fiscal relationships.
  • Video: Factfinder for the Nation -- Census of Governments

Government Employment & Payroll

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:


Government Finance Statistics

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. Data are available online from 1992 and on:

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:

Federal Spending

Federal spending on selected programs:


Tax Statistics

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:


Lists & Structure of Governments

Information about state & local governments, including the number of governments in the U.S.


Special Topics

The Census Bureau also conducts surveys about special topics related to government activity for other federal agencies.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Governments Division | (800) 242–2184 | govs.cms.inquiry@census.gov |  Last Revised: July 02, 2013