Digital Counties

6th Annual Digital Counties Survey - 2008 Results

by Janet Grenslitt / January 1, 2008

Survey Ranks Top U.S. Counties with Outstanding Use of Technology

The Center for Digital Government has completed this year's evaluation of America's top digital county governments. This year's Digital Counties Survey found many counties using information technology in increasingly innovative ways and improving service to their citizens.

The 2008 Digital Counties Survey is an annual study by the Center and the National Association of Counties (NACo). To recognize the hard work and innovation of the best governments, the survey's top digital counties will be honored at a national awards ceremony which will coincide with NACo's national conference in Kansas City, Missouri, July 11-15, 2008.

Center Executive Director, Cathilea Robinett said, "The Digital Counties Survey continues to document the technological progress and innovation of county governments. Improved service to citizens and more efficient use of government resources are the results. Congratulations to all the winners!"

In April, thousands of U.S. counties were invited to participate in the 2008 Digital Counties Survey. County officials responded to questions that included more than 100 measurements and data points about online service delivery, infrastructure, architecture and governance models.

"We are seeing county governments utilizing the efficiencies of technology to deliver services to Americans," said NACo Executive Director Larry E. Naake. "Across a broad spectrum of service delivery needs and budgetary challenges, counties continue to develop improved service delivery options made possible by technology."

Congratulations to the Digital Counties Survey 2008 Winners:

500,000 or more population:
1st San Diego County, California
2nd Anne Arundel County, Maryland (tie)
2nd Oakland County, Michigan (tie)
3rd Fairfax County, Virginia
4th Westchester County, New York
5th King County, Washington (tie)
5th Orange County, Florida (tie)
6th Sacramento County, California
7th Tulsa County, Oklahoma
8th Montgomery County, Maryland (tie)
8th Wake County, North Carolina (tie)
9th Prince George County, Maryland
10th Orange County, California

250,000-499,999 population:
1st Loudoun County, Virginia
2nd Richland County, South Carolina
3rd Dakota County, Minnesota
4th Howard County, Maryland
5th Placer County, California
6th Prince William County, Virginia
7th Douglas County, Colorado (tie)
7th Hamilton County, Indiana (tie)
8th Dutchess County, New York
9th Washtenaw County, Michigan
10th Utah County, Utah

150,000-249,999 population:
1st Frederick County, Maryland
2nd Roanoke County, Virginia
3rd Scott County, Iowa
4th Dona Ana County, New Mexico
5th Yuma County, Arizona
6th Racine County, Wisconsin
7th Peoria County, Illinois
8th Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
9th Leon County, Florida
10th Ottawa County, Michigan

Less than 150,000 population:
1st Charles County, Maryland
2nd Stearns County, Minnesota
3rd Nevada County, California
4th Boone County, Missouri
5th Skagit County, Washington (tie)
5th Gloucester County, Virginia (tie)
6th Olmsted County, Minnesota
7th Geauga County, Ohio (tie)
7th Randolph County, North Carolina (tie)
8th Napa County, California
9th Albemarle County, Virginia
10th Delaware County, Ohio (tie)
10th Sutter County, California (tie)

This year's survey was underwritten by Hyland Software, developers of OnBase, CDW-G and Microsoft. All companies are proud partners of county governments across America.