Slight drop reported in number of local governments
Illinois has the most local governments, 6,968, of any state, while Hawaii, with 21 local governments, has the fewest, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. As The Sacramento Bee reports, preliminary figures from the 2012 Census of Governments show that 89,004 local governments existed in the U.S. in 2012, down from 89,476 in the last census of governments conducted in 2007.
The local government census is conducted every five years, for years ending in “2” and “7”. The first count was conducted in 1952.
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