About the Census of Governments
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census of all state and local government units every 5 years, for years ending in 2 and 7, as required by law under Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 161. The Census of Governments identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local governments, classifies state and local government organizations, powers, and activities; and provides authoritative benchmark data on public finance and public employment.
Print volumes of older Census of Governments reports are in Shields Library. Use Harvest Catalog to locate.