The Annual Survey of Local Government Finances provides the only source of nationwide, comprehensive information on local government finances. The U.S. Congress, federal agencies, state governments, other local governments, educational and research organizations, and the general public use the results of our data.
A survey year includes each individual government’s fiscal year that ended between July 1 of the previous year and June 30 of the survey year. Therefore, survey year 2020 covers individual government fiscal years that ended from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.
The Annual Survey of Local Government Finance has moved to the Census Bureau's Respondent Portal for survey reporting. The Respondent Portal is a single point of access for all Census surveys, managed through an account that you create and to assist respondents with reporting online. Each survey has a unique authentication code that will securely link to your account, which will be provided to you in an email.
Please visit the Respondent Portal to begin reporting. If you need additional assistance, contact the Local Government Finance team.
Phone: 1-800-832-2839 (Weekdays 8AM to 5PM ET)
Ready to start? Log in to begin reporting for the Annual Survey of Local Government Finances. If needed, you can save and complete your survey over multiple sessions.
To help you prepare for online reporting, click on the appropriate forms and instructions below. (All forms are in Adobe PDF file format and are for informational purposes only)
This survey is authorized by Title 13 United States Code (U.S.C.), Sections 131 and 182. Your cooperation is needed to ensure the quality of our data.
These data are subject to provisions of Title 13, United States Code, Section 9(b) exempting data that are customarily provided in public records from rules of confidentiality.
Below are a few common items you can use to verify the legitimacy of this survey: