Financial Indicators Database

Monday, August 17, 2015

Thousands of state and local governments participate each year in the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (Certificate Program). The comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) that they submit to the Certificate Program constitute an incomparable source of information on state and local government finance.

For almost 20 years, the GFOA has collected key data elements from the CAFRs submitted to the Certificate Program for the benefit of researchers and others interested in identifying trends in state and local government finance or points of reference for evaluating data in individual reports. The GFOA makes this information available each year in spreadsheet form on CD as the Financial Indicators Database for municipalities, counties, and school districts.

The Financial Indicators Database CDs can be purchased either by year, type of government, or as a set. Detail on specific data elements is included in the following databases: 

  • Financial Indicators Database for municipalities
  • Financial Indicators Database for counties
  • Financial Indicators Database for school districts

The CD spreadsheet format allows users broad flexibility in tailoring the scope of their comparisons (e.g., comparisons with all similarly sized governments in the same state or region) to a broad national spectrum of data elements from comprehensive annual financial reports that were awarded the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. For more information, go to

ORDERING INFORMATION: The complete 1995-2013 Financial Indicators Database is available for purchase as a 57-CD set and subsets are available as single CDs and in packages of three and twenty-one CDs. Please visit GFOA’s e-store at for pricing information.

Major credit cards are accepted; all orders must be prepaid unless accompanied by a purchase order; billed orders are subject to an $8 handling charge.

All orders prepaid by check, credit card, or purchase order should be sent directly to: 

Government Finance Officers Association
203 North LaSalle, Suite 2700
Chicago, IL 60601-1210
Phone: 312/977-9700 Fax: 312/977-4806

Media representatives or book review editors may contact Barb Mollo, Director of Operations and Marketing Center, at 312/977-9700 for a complimentary review CD.