The U.S. Census Bureau just completed a different kind of count: tallying the number of local governments in each state. Utah had 622, as of June 30, 2012, up from 588 five years earlier.
That ranked Utah No. 41 among the 50 states for numbers of governments, perhaps showing that Utahns do like less government.
The final Census of Goverments conducted every five years shows the nation has 90,056 local governments. That includes 3,031 counties, 19,519 municipalities, 16,360 townships and 51,146 "special purpose" districts for everything from school to water, fire, sewer, cemeteries and even mosquito abatement. The numbers differed a bit from preliminary estimates released last year.