The Census of Governments is authorized by the United States Code, Title 13, Section 161 and taken every five years since 1957. This census covers all state and local governments including counties, cities, townships, special districts, and school districts. The data obtained cover government organization, government employment and payroll, and government finance.
The following are annual and quarterly surveys by the Census Bureau that provide statistics on various government functions and complement the Census of Governments.
The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are provided when available.
Print publications of the Census of Governments by the Census Bureau may be identified by searching the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Use the following links to obtain a list of books and reports for Census of Governments between 1957 and 2002, as well as other related publications on government statistics. For additional assistance, please Ask a Librarian.