Census of Governments (Federal, State, & Local 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 (A) Identifies the scope and nature of the nation's state and local governments. (B) Classifies local government organizations, powers, and activities. (C) Provides authoritative benchmark data on public finance and public employment. (D) Measures state and local governments' fiscal relationships.