County Research

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About County Research

The North Carolina Center for County Research is the principal repository and source of data analysis for county-based information. The center collects and publishes primary survey data from North Carolina county governments and compiles county data information from secondary data sources.


Research Initiatives


County Budget and Tax
  • North Carolina Fiscal Summary-a fiscal analysis of all 100 counties based on audited revenue and expenditure data
  • Budget and Tax Survey-an annual survey of all 100 counties to capture county budget action including school appropriations
  • Tax Rate Survey-an annual survey of all 100 counties to capture county property tax rates
  • County Budget Guidance-an annual forecast of major county revenues and compilation of other information to help counties in their budgeting process; includes all state distributions
  • County Sales Tax Referenda-information and results of the local option sales tax referenda for the ┬╝ cent sales tax authorized in 2007, along with FAQs

County Demographics and Community Indicators
  • County Snapshots - a visual presentation of important county indicators and map books from previous years
  • County Map Book - Previous year's publication preceding County Snapshots.  
  • State of the Counties-a secondary database for essential county community indicators

County Elections

County Funding of Public Schools
County Research Pulse
  • The County Research Pulse is the blog for the Center for County Research. Visit The County Research Pulse to learn about research updates, survey results, and information helpful to counties. We will also highlight stories and ideas from our 100 counties.
Current Legislative Issues and Analysis
Quick Response Teams
Quick Response Teams (QRTs) were created to assist NCACC staff when highly technical issues arise that require the day-to-day working knowledge and insights that only county staff can provide. When legislation or potential regulations are introduced that may potentially impact county operations, NCACC will email a copy to the members of the relevant QRT for quick (often 24 hours or less) feedback on operational or financial impacts of the legislation and recommended modifications.

NCACC is always looking for new QRT members, for more information and to volunteer please click here.