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.