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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: April 24, 2000

Institute Hosts New County Database

Spending on public assistance by California counties has dropped from 41 to 38 percent of total spending since 1977. Meanwhile, spending on law enforcement jumped from 19 to 29 percent.

These and other telling statistics are now available online, at, from the new County Database developed by the California Institute for County Government. Profiles of each of the state's counties are also available online, with data on population density, income, building permits and more. Soon, all the data in the County Database will be available online.

The complete database includes current and historical county data on more than 100 topics. Data comes from such varied sources as the U.S. Census Bureau, the California State Controller's Office and the California Construction Industry Research Board. In addition, the institute is developing its own annual county survey to collect data not regularly gathered by any other group.

"This database is a great resource for researchers, policymakers, the media and the general public," says Matthew Newman, director of the institute. "We've tried to gather county statistical data from multiple sources and put it all in one place."

Though the entire database is not yet available online, researchers and others may contact the institute to obtain specific data sets.

The database is funded through a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. It is the first major project of the California Institute for County Government, which was established last year by California State University, Sacramento and the California State Association of Counties.

The institute studies county policy and fiscal issues and offers consulting to county government. It is affiliated with the CSUS Center for California Studies.

The institute may be contacted at (916) 227-6497, or through its website at


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