Sizing Up Local Government
- October 7, 2013
The number of local governments increased between 2007 and 2012, following a 40-year trend, according to the U.S. Census of Governments, which conducts a five-year count of every unit of government. Within the trend, however, were symptoms of the Great Recession: School districts and towns consolidated while special district governments took over functions that municipal governments can no longer afford.
Explore the trends and find out how many governments operate in your community and state with interactive graphics, and read the debate about the right size of local government.
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