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12th Annual Digital Counties Survey - 2014 Results

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Survey Finds U.S. Counties Leading the Way with Open Government, Open Source and Data-Driven Tools

July 10, 2014 – The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) have announced the 2014 Digital Counties Survey winners. The annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. Here’s a look at this year’s first-place winners:

San Francisco County developed a top-notch open data site and created standards for the collection and free distribution of open data, as well as the social media center’s use of innovative analytics to track public sentiment.

Clackamas County, Ore., completed a fiber-optic network that provides needed infrastructure and links the rural parts of the county with the non-rural areas.

Charles County, Md., is utilizing a large number of open source tools for tremendous cost savings, including the complete redesign of the website and content management system.

Roanoke County, Va., formed a partnership with state and federal law enforcement agencies in a data-driven approach to crime prevention, integrating location-based crime and traffic crash data to determine the most effective methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources.

The survey, conducted by the CDG and Digital Communities program, in partnership with NACo, identifies best technology practices among U.S. counties. 

“Congratulations to this year’s winners for their dedication to public service and forging partnerships that proactively address rapidly changing citizen demands and expectations,” said Center for Digital Government Executive Director Todd Sander. “Their ability to be continually innovative in an ever-changing technology landscape is admirable and commendable.”

“Counties across the country are using technology to enhance services, maximize efficiency and save money,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew D. Chase. “The Digital Counties Survey recognizes counties’ best practices and effective uses of technology to better serve their communities.”

Underwriters for this year’s survey are CDW-G, Dell, Laserfiche, and Sprint.

Congratulations to the 2014 Digital Counties Survey Winners!

500,000 or more population category:

1st San Francisco County, CA

2nd Montgomery County, MD

3rd Fairfax County, VA

3rd San Diego County, CA

4th Oakland County, MI

4th Sacramento County, CA

5th Palm Beach County, FL

6th Baltimore County, MD

6th Hennepin County, MN

7th Alameda County, CA

7th Mecklenburg County, NC

8th Bexar County, TX

8th Wake County, NC

9th Los Angeles County, CA

9th Miami-Dade County, FL

10th King County, WA

10th Westchester County, NY


250,000-499,999 population category:

1st Clackamas County, OR

2nd Dutchess County, NY

2nd Loudoun County, VA

3rd Bell County, Texas

3rd Hamilton County, IN

4th Dakota County, MN

4th Sonoma County, CA

5th Douglas County, CO

6th Richland County, SC

6th Washoe County, NV

7th Chesterfield County, VA

7th Ottawa County, MI

8th Tulare County, CA

9th Sarasota County, FL

10th Leon County, FL


150,000-249,999 population category:

1st Charles County, MD

2nd Cabarrus County, NC

3rd St. Tammany Parish, LA

4th Arlington County, VA

5th Boone County, MO

6th Berrien County, MI

6th Davidson County, NC

7th Dona Ana County, NM

8th Jackson County, MI

8th Mohave County, AZ

9th Barnstable County, MA

10th Cherokee County, GA

10th Onslow County, NC


Up to 150,000 Population Category

1st Roanoke County, VA

2nd Albemarle County, VA

3rd Martin County, FL

4th Sussex County, NJ

5th Nevada County, CA

6th Gloucester County, VA

6th Tompkins County, NY

7th Franklin County, VA

8th Eaton County, MI

9th Allegan County, MI

10th Montgomery County, VA


2014 Top Ten Technologies and Initiatives which are likely to have an increased focus in the next year: 

  1. Cyber Security
  2. Hire & Retain Competent IT Personnel
  3. Shared Services
  4. Budget and Cost Control
  5. Mobility / Mobile Applications
  6. Disaster Recovery/Continuity of Operations
  7. Open Government/ Transparency/ Open Data
  8. Virtualization: Server, Desktop/Client, Storage, Applications; and Portal/E-government
  9. Broadband & Connectivity
  10. Governance, Data Center Consolidation and Cloud Computing
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.  Founded in 1935, NACo assists America’s 3,069 counties in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties.  NACo promotes sound public policies, fosters county solutions and innovation, promotes intergovernmental and public-private collaboration and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. More information at:

Center Contact: Janet Grenslitt 916-932-1363