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Profiles for Thousands of Governments

Find your government's profile page. It includes percentile rankings for

  • Budget balance
  • Asset flexibility
  • Pension funding
  • Overall score

You can also view historical trends in key financial datapoints, or navigate to original source documents or research articles about fiscal sustainability.


Side-by-Side Comparisons

See how your city, county, or state's rankings and financials compare to another's side by side.


Nationwide and State-by-State Rankings

See how cities, counties, and states stack up to one another in the fiscal sustainability rankings, or look at their financial data in per-capita terms.


Tens of Thousands of Financial Documents

Browse the archive of historical financial source documents and other original documents. We have tens of thousands of annual financial reports and budgets for states, counties, and cities down to populations of fewer than 1,000 residents.


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Profiles for Thousands of Governments

Find your government's profile page. It includes percentile rankings for

  • Budget balance
  • Asset flexibility
  • Pension funding
  • Overall score

You can also view historical trends in key financial datapoints, or navigate to original source documents or research articles about fiscal sustainability.


Side-by-Side Comparisons

See how your city, county, or state's rankings and financials compare to another's side by side.


Nationwide and State-by-State Rankings

See how cities, counties, and states stack up to one another in the fiscal sustainability rankings, or look at their financial data in per-capita terms.


Tens of Thousands of Financial Documents

Browse the archive of historical financial source documents and other original documents. We have tens of thousands of annual financial reports and budgets for states, counties, and cities down to populations of fewer than 1,000 residents.


About GovRank

We want all citizens, journalists, researchers, and public officials to have greater access to information about their governments' finances. Recognizing the challenges of data availability, comparability, and transparency, US Common Sense has compiled data for over 13,000 local governments and all 50 states dating back to 2008-09.

With support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, we collected more than 97,000 financial reports and nearly 70,000 budgets; extracted “top line” financial figures; ranked local and state governments’ relative performance; conducted research into fiscal sustainability; and made all of the information freely available on GovRank.

We gratefully acknowledge the individuals who shared their public finance expertise as we developed this platform. 

Did you find a data error? Do you have feedback? Email us at [email protected].


Our Mission

Founded at Stanford University in 2010, United States Common Sense (formerly "California Common Sense") is a non-partisan non-profit policy group dedicated to opening government data and resources to the public, developing data-driven policy analysis, and educating citizens about how their governments work.

We use data to help cut through rhetoric and make sense of America’s state, city, and county governments. Our research and data products serve to make government more open, more accessible, and more accountable to you.


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