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2014: The Year in Data

Trends and priorities from the top digital states, cities, counties and public-sector websites at a glance.

In 2014, states and localities took part in four major surveys conducted by the Center for Digital Government, owned by Government Technology's parent company, e.Republic.

Results for this year's Digital States Survey painted a picture of progress -- state governments have improved internal processes and are better serving their citizens. Over the last couple of years in particular, they made thoughtful and, for the most part, wise decisions on where they invested. And that's now starting to pay off.

When it comes to an Internet presence, three jurisdictions know what's what: The state of Hawaii; Washington, D.C.; and Oakland County, Mich., took top honors in this year's Best of the Web competition. What makes them so great? Their innovative qualities, usefulness, and efficiency and economy.

Finally, the Digital Cities and Digital Counties surveys showed that tech-savvy local governments are focused on open data and transparency initiatives, along with innovation and system modernization.

Our latest infographic combines data from all four surveys to give a snapshot of trends and priorities across state and local government.