The State and Local Finance Initiative of the Tax Policy Center

This system allows flexible presentation of data from the Census of Governments State and Local Finance series. That series contains detailed revenue, expenditure and debt variables for the United States, each of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia for 1977 - 2014. The data are available by type of government: state, local, state and local totals, and local government detail. All data presented are state aggregates of finance data for the selected level of government. Users can view the data along different dimensions, in real or nominal dollars, and on a per capita or fraction of personal income, general revenues or total expenditures basis. This tool is useful for comparative, single state, or time series analysis.

To Use: Click on "Create a Table!" to begin making tables. On each tab, select desired options and click on "Next >>". If you need help, click on the ? box buttons. If you experience any problems or have comments or suggestions, please email

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Caution: Queries involving a large combination of states, years and variables will be presented in a standard format to deal with a large number of data points. Smaller queries (less than 600 data points) will allow the user to modify and customize tables. To obtain the entire set of State and Local Government Finance data, please visit

The Data Query System uses data from State and Local Finance Initiative, Tax Policy Center, US Census Bureau, US Census Bureau: State and Local Government Finances, US Census Bureau: Government Finance and Employment Classification Manual, US Bureau of Economic Analysis, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics
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