Stateline Story

Infographic: Local Government By The Numbers

  • October 04, 2011
  • By Carla Uriona and Mary Mahling

More than two centuries of American democracy have resulted in a profusion of governments at the local level, not only cities and counties but villages and townships, park districts and sanitary districts and a host of others. To those trying desperately to bring a state's budget into balance, many of these are useless anachronisms incapable of providing any service that could not be provided higher up the governmental chain. But to the tens of thousands of people who hold office in these local entities — and to millions of citizens who live within them — multiple local governments are a crucial piece of evidence that American democracy reaches down to the grassroots level.

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Data:

Area Number of local governments Total population: 2010 People per government
United States 89,476 308,745,538 3,451
Alabama 1,185 4,779,736 4,034
Alaska 177 710,231 4,013
Arizona 645 6,392,017 9,910
Arkansas 1,548 2,915,918 1,884
California 4,344 37,253,956 8,576
Colorado 2,416 5,029,196 2,082
Connecticut 649 3,574,097 5,507
Delaware 338 897,934 2,657
Florida 1,623 18,801,310 11,584
Georgia 1,439 9,687,653 6,732
Hawaii 19 1,360,301 71,595
Idaho 1,240 1,567,582 1,264
Illinois 6,994 12,830,632 1,835
Indiana 3,231 6,483,802 2,007
Iowa 1,954 3,046,355 1,559
Kansas 3,931 2,853,118 726
Kentucky 1,346 4,339,367 3,224
Louisiana 526 4,533,372 8,619
Maine 850 1,328,361 1,563
Maryland 256 5,773,552 22,553
Massachusetts 861 6,547,629 7,605
Michigan 2,893 9,883,640 3,416
Minnesota 3,526 5,303,925 1,504
Mississippi 1,000 2,967,297 2,967
Missouri 3,723 5,988,927 1,609
Montana 1,273 989,415 777
Nebraska 2,659 1,826,341 687
Nevada 198 2,700,551 13,639
New Hampshire 545 1,316,470 2,416
New Jersey 1,383 8,791,894 6,357
New Mexico 863 2,059,179 2,386
New York 3,403 19,378,102 5,694
North Carolina 963 9,535,483 9,902
North Dakota 2,699 672,591 249
Ohio 3,702 11,536,504 3,116
Oklahoma 1,880 3,751,351 1,995
Oregon 1,546 3,831,074 2,478
Pennsylvania 4,871 12,702,379 2,608
Rhode Island 134 1,052,567 7,855
South Carolina 698 4,625,364 6,627
South Dakota 1,983 814,180 411
Tennessee 928 6,346,105 6,838
Texas 4,835 25,145,561 5,201
Utah 599 2,763,885 4,614
Vermont 733 625,741 854
Virginia 511 8,001,024 15,658
Washington 1,845 6,724,540 3,645
West Virginia 663 1,852,994 2,795
Wisconsin 3,120 5,686,986 1,823
Wyoming 726 563,626 776