County websites, state-by-state rankings

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This table shows both the percentage of counties in each state with websites, and the average transparency rating each state received. Averages are found by adding the number of complying counties, then dividing that number by the total number of counties.

For a more in-depth look at specific transparency checklist statistics (budget availability, minutes from open meetings, etc), see below.

Comparison of county websites by state

Below is a chart of counties and how much information is posted throughout the state. Click on the county name if you'd like to see a more in-depth evaluation.

Rank State Budget? Meetings? Elected officials (Sunshine Review)? Admin. Officials? Permits
Zoning
?
Audits? Contracts? Lobbying? Public records? Taxes? Overall transparency
39 Alabama counties 8% 21% 51% 38% 8% 13% 3% 0% 3% 41% 18.6%
34 Alaska boroughs 19% 30% 37% 37% 41% 4% 4% 4% 19% 22% 21.7%
1 Arizona counties 87% 100% 93% 86% 80% 54% 14% 0% 47% 94% 65.5%
47 Arkansas counties 1% 8% 27% 15% 3% 0% 0% 0% 3% 8% 6.5%
2 California counties 86% 100% 86% 36% 83% 76% 57% 3.5% 40% 76% 64.35
15 Colorado counties 56% 48% 73% 50% 61% 25% 3.1% 0% 31% 22% 36.9%
48 Connecticut counties
No county government
0% 0% 1.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% .14%
20 Delaware counties 100% 100% 33% 0% 67% 0% 0% 0% 0% 34% 33.4%
3 Florida counties 70% 90% 85% 81% 78% 46% 33% 1.5% 10% 85% 57.95%
29 Georgia counties 19% 40% 43% 42% 38% 9% 2.5% .6% 3.1% 54% 25.12%
16 Hawaii counties 80% 80% 60% 40% 80% 4% 4% 0% 0% 20% 36.8%
25 Idaho counties 14% 60% 71% 74% 43% 9% 0% 0% 16% 14% 30.1%
24 Illinois counties 32% 55% 73% 68% 28% 15% 1% 0% 11% 23% 30.6%
28 Indiana counties 18% 43% 49% 71% 23% 11% 6% 0% 2% 29% 25.2%
17 Iowa counties 42% 80% 52% 77% 46% 13% 1% 0% 9% 46% 36.6%
37 Kansas counties 20% 4% 66% 53% 24% 5% 0% 0% 15% 3% 19%
36 Kentucky counties 11% 22% 70% 55% 12% 7% 1% 0% 2% 13% 19.3%
30 Louisiana parishes 77% 35% 9% 70% 19% 8% 5% 0% 8% 6% 23.7%
33 Maine counties 33% 33% 67% 75% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 12.5% 22.05%
5 Maryland counties 88% 88% 83% 92% 79% 29% 12.5% 0% 25% 29% 52.55%
38 Massachusetts counties 0% 75% 0% 100% 7% 0% 0% 0% 0% 7% 18.9%
13 Michigan counties 37% 72% 89% 71% 43% 34% 1% 0% 11% 33% 39.1%
18 Minnesota counties 29% 80% 91% 59% 39% 13% 10% 1% 4.5% 37% 36.35%
45 Mississippi counties 1.2% 4.9% 26% 32% 4.9% 0% 0% 0% 0% 19% 8.8%
40 Missouri counties 20% 26% 39% 67% 11% 5% 1% 0% 0% 11% 18%
35 Montana counties 19% 44% 49% 65% 27% 2% 0% 0% 0% 4% 21%
43 Nebraska counties 2% 2% 87% 68% 11% 2% 2% 1% 0% 19% 16.4%
32 Nevada counties 12% 44% 63% 63% 23% 0% 0% 0% 0% 18% 22.3%
41 New Hampshire counties 70% 20% 76% 10% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 17.7%
9 New Jersey counties 81% 86% 76% 95% 0% 14% 0% 0% 76% 48% 47.6%
44 New Mexico counties 0% 33% 22% 52% 9% 0% 0% 0% 0% 3% 11.9%
6 New York counties 79% 87% 94% 98% 18% 37% 6% 0% 42% 58% 51.9%
8 North Carolina counties 63% 85% 84% 82% 54% 63% 0% 0% 1% 47% 47.9%
31 North Dakota counties 15% 45% 64% 67% 19% 2% 0% 0% 0% 15% 22.7%
21 Ohio counties 7% 35% 50% 39% 41% 50% 6% 0% 24% 78% 33%
46 Oklahoma counties 5% 12% 19% 16% 1.3% 0% 0% 0% 3.9% 12% 6.9%
19 Oregon counties 51% 26% 80% 77% 58% 33% 0% 0% 11% 3% 33.9%
14 Pennsylvania counties 49% 51% 57% 64% 13% 33% 6% 3% 69% 28% 37.3%
49 Rhode Island counties
No county government
0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
10 South Carolina counties 40% 76% 90% 79% 43% 52% 2% 2% 14% 31% 42.9%
26 South Dakota counties 13% 52% 74% 83% 15% 1.5% 0% 0% 9% 6% 25.35%
22 Tennessee counties 35% 38% 85% 93% 20% 27% 0% 0% 0% 27% 32.5%
27 Texas counties 52% 20% 70% 28% 3.1% 22% 11% 2% 9% 35% 25.25%
12 Utah counties 28% 83% 86% 90% 58% 17% 8% 3% 7% 48% 42.08%
50 Vermont counties
No county government
0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
7 Virginia counties 46% 51% 81% 81% 77% 53% 10% 14% 9% 70% 49.2%
4 Washington counties 64% 79% 69% 90% 79% 41% 0% 0% 59% 69% 55%
42 West Virginia counties 7% 14% 46% 57% 21% 7% 0% 0% 0% 14% 16.6%
11 Wisconsin counties 59% 76% 90% 88% 68% 26% 4% 0% 7% 10% 42.8%
23 Wyoming counties 22% 39% 78% 61% 52% 9% 0% 0% 22% 30% 31.3%

Detailed county website comparisons