U.S. Census Bureau: 2012 Census of Governments Report Available Now

Sep 10, 2012




U.S. Census Bureau:  2012 Census of Governments


Conducted every five years, the U.S. Census Bureau’s census of governments provides the only uniform source of statistics for all of the nation’s state and local governments. These statistics allow for in-depth trend analysis of all individual governments and provides comprehensive information on state and local government activity.

In 2012, 89,004 local governments existed in the United States, down from 89,476 in the last census of governments conducted in 2007. 

Local governments included 3,031 counties (down from 3,033 in 2007), 19,522 municipalities (up from 19,492 in 2007), 16,364 townships (down from 16,519 in 2007), 37,203 special districts (down from 37,381 in 2007) and 12,884 independent school districts (down from 13,051 in 2007). Illinois leads the nation with 6,968 local governments – approximately 2,000 more than second-place Pennsylvania.  Hawaii has 21 local governments, the fewest of any state.

To view the report, click here.