2022 Census of Governments
The Census of Governments (CoG) is the most comprehensive and precise measure of government economic activity. It identifies the scope and nature of the nation’s public sector and provides authoritative benchmark figures of public finance, pensions, and employment. It classifies the complex and diverse state and local government organizations, powers, activities, and measures state and local fiscal relationships. The CoG is comprised of three components—Organization, Employment and Finance.
With the release of each data product, the CoG provides policy analysts, researchers, and the public with a more complete picture of the public sector. These data products present information to assist in addressing the issues that concern state and local governments and serve as the foundation for developing national economic and public policy.
Improvements to the 2022 CoG will increase efficiency, reduce response burden for state and local governments, and provide data products that reflect our ever-changing U.S. economy.
It is currently still in the first phase of data collection – conducting follow-up for non-respondents of the Organization component, which provides the official count of active U.S. governments. The second phase of data collection will begin in March 2022 with the mailout of the Employment component.
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