Digital Counties Survey - First Place 2022


The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) announced the winners of the 18th annual Digital Counties Survey. The survey, conducted by CDG in partnership with NACo, identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and contribute to disaster response recovery efforts.  

"Our nation’s top counties continue to succeed and deliver on key services, breaking down barriers to broadband connectivity and accessibility, building upon innovative and smart initiatives that enable government to better plan for and protect their citizens, constituents, and assets,” said Brian Cohen, vice-president, CDG. “The Center for Digital Government is excited to recognize and congratulate this year’s winners for their accomplishments and continuing efforts to use technology to make government better.”

“In our increasingly complex world, counties are using technology to pursue bold, cutting-edge approaches to serving our residents,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “From broadband accessibility to public health and safety, from transportation to community development and much more, technology plays a key role in helping our counties thrive. We applaud this year’s Digital Counties Survey winners for their leadership, innovation and expertise in leveraging technology to achieve county goals.” 


Winners were named in each of four population-based categories: 500,000 or more population category, 250,000-499,999 population category, 150,000-249,999 population category, and up to 150,000 population category. Digital Counties Survey 2022 - Winners Announced! (  

"Nevada County, Calif. (up to 150,000 population category)   -One of the county’s top objectives is wildfire preparedness. They are using a machine learning platform for evacuation planning; redundant Internet feeds, redundant telecommunications and cloud-to-cloud storage for backup and disaster recovery. Another top priority is to expand broadband county-wide: the Board adopted a broadband strategy plan and provided county general funds, and also allocated $1 million in CARES Act funding to accelerate a local “fiber to the home” project. 

Nevada County a Top Achiever

Over the past fifteen years that Nevada County has participated in the survey, we have placed in the top five positions every year and have taken first place five times. The results for our population category this year are:

Up to 150,000 Population Category

1st County of Nevada, CA
2nd Coconino Co, AZ
3rd Montgomery County, VA
4th County of Franklin, VA
5th James City County, VA
5th Orange County, VA
6th Dodge County, WI
7th County of York, VA
8th Bedford County, VA
9th County of Albemarle, VA
10th Sherburne County, MN 

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) 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 education.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America's 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public's understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.