Counties by the Numbers

3.6M

County employees

America's counties employ 3.6 million public servants, representing one out of every 50 American workers.

40,000

Elected officials

40,000 county elected officials are responsible for maintaining roads and bridges, caring for our health, administering elections, ensuring public safety, strengthening environmental stewardship and so much more.

$600B

Invested each year

Counties invest over $600 billion annually into our communities.

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Collaborative Governance for Delivery of Successful Human Services

Join NACo’s Technology Xchange initiatives for this collaborative webinar that showcases successful programs in human services.

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Unlock the Power of CJCCs: Enhancing Your County's Justice System

Whether you're looking to create a CJCC from scratch or enhance an existing one, discover the invaluable insights needed to make your county's justice system more efficient, fair and just.

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Five Keys to Enhancing Civic Engagement: Meeting Diverse Community Needs with 21st-Century Solutions

With only 41% of citizens satisfied with their government’s information-sharing practices and the needs of communities becoming more diverse, civic engagement can be a huge challenge. Luckily, there is a modern approach.

During this webinar, we’ll unpack 5 actionable steps to enhance civic engagement. The communities around the country that are employing these keys are experiencing an engaged community like never before. 

Webinar Agenda: 

  • Civic engagement statistics 
  • 5 keys to enhance your civic engagement
  • Success stories from your peers 
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How Franklin County, Ohio Modernized Government Experiences for Staff and Residents

Join us for an eye-opening webinar as we explore Franklin County, Ohio's journey to solving long-standing challenges. Uncover how they've embraced "Rapid Low-Code Application Development" to become faster and more collaborative and pave the way for smarter governance through iterative solutions.

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County Strategies Supporting Older Adults and Their Caregivers

Join NACo and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) to learn more about the new Action Guide for counties.

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Cost-Saving Tools

Solutions from NACo EDGE

NACo EDGE establishes sustainable, cost-saving and value-added solutions that can be applied to counties nationwide. By providing quality solutions, we strive to develop and maintain healthy, vibrant and safe counties across the United States.

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Solutions for Counties

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NACo Deferred Compensation Program

NACo's Deferred Compensation Program has helped more than 1.5 million county employees and retirees save for and live comfortably in retirement. More than 423,000 county employees from over 3,000 county agencies participate, with accumulated assets of more than $25 billion.

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Public Promise Insurance Agency

Public Promise Insurance is a fully licensed provider that strengthens local governments. We provide voluntary benefits to public employees and their families with cost effective and best-in-class solutions.

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Public Promise Procurement

Providing public sector and other entities with a vetted, transparent option for purchasing goods and services more efficiently and cost effectively.

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Live Healthy U.S. Counties

The NACo Live Healthy Prescription, Health & Dental Discount Program is a no-cost program available to all member counties, providing relief to uninsured and underinsured Americans facing growing health costs.

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cashvest® by threeplusone®

cashvest® by threeplusone® provides a new and unparalleled level of liquidity analysis and data services for local, county, school district and community college governing bodies.

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ClearGov®

ClearGov® is the leading provider of budget cycle management software, focused on helping local governments streamline the annual budgeting process.

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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training administered by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

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NACo High Performance Leadership Academy

The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy is an innovative, completely online 12-week program created to equip frontline county government professionals with practical leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities.

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NACo Enterprise Cybersecurity Leadership Academy

The NACo Enterprise Cybersecurity Leadership Academy is an online 12-week collaborative readiness program led by Fortune 500 CISOs and peers who deliver a proven framework and insights on leading and securing a network and an organization.

Featured Initiatives & Resources

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American Rescue Plan Resource Hub

In this resource hub, find stories of counties investing these resource to support our residents, technical assistance in implementing these programs in your county and our latest analysis and research.

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Opioid Solutions Center

NACo's Opioid Solutions Center empowers local leaders to invest resources in effective treatment, recovery, prevention and harm reduction practices that save lives and address the underlying causes of substance use disorder.

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NACo Commission on Mental Health and Wellbeing

Launched in February 2023, the NACo Commission on Mental Health and Wellbeing brings together county leaders from across the nation to take action to address the ever-growing mental health crisis from the county government perspective.

County News: Celebrating 55 Years

NACo's award-winning County News is celebrating 55 years covering America's counties.

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County News

Ten counties to test signature verification for vote-by-mail in North Carolina primary

Ten North Carolina counties are testing out signature verification for absentee ballots cast during the March primary that, if implemented statewide, would make North Carolina the strictest voting-by-mail process in the country. 

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County News

Election administrators face profound challenges

Retaining election officials will mean refusing to make harassment the new normal, reimagining elections offices and investing in elections.

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Cook County creates health and social services center for asylum-seekers

Cook County opened and expanded the Refugee Health Center to meet the needs of an influx of asylum-seekers. 

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