What Counties Do

County governments play a critical role in the governmental structure by providing services directly to the American people. But this important role does not guarantee that people know what counties do.

NACo is working with county officials, the state associations of counties and other groups to raise awareness and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of counties. National County Government Month is an annual program that seeks to raise awareness. Other initiatives are being developed to increase understanding and highlight the successful programs that counties carry out.​​​​​
County Government Works Initiative        


National County Government Month

The nation's 3,069 counties are the service arm of government services and provide the building blocks for healthy, resilient and fiscally sound communities.


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