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Government Spending Breakdown

Most government outlays are spent in just a few functional areas: pensions, health care, education, defense, and welfare.

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Total Government Spending
in the United States
Federal, State, and Local
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2009   +1yr +5yr


 Government Pensions   $0.9 trillion   
 Government Health Care   + $1.0 trillion   
 Government Education   + $0.9 trillion   
 National Defense   + $0.8 trillion   
 Government Welfare   + $0.5 trillion   
 All Other Spending   + $1.8 trillion   
 Total Government Spending   $6.0 trillion   
 Federal Deficit   + $1.4 trillion   
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Total spending: actual, as reported by the Office of Management and Budget and the US Bureau of the Census.

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Spending Data Sources

Spending data is from official government sources.
  Federal data since 1962 comes from the president’s budget.
  All other spending data comes from the US Census Bureau.

Gross Domestic Product data comes from US Bureau of Economic Analysis and measuringworth.com.

Detailed table of spending data sources here.

Federal spending data begins in 1792.

State and local spending data begins in 1890.

State and local spending data for individual states begins in 1957.

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Data Sources for 2009:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances

> data sources for other years
> data update schedule.

US GDP for 2014 Updated

On April 8, 2015, usgovernmentspending.com updated its GDP series with the latest data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, including nominal GDP for calendar 2014 of $17.419 trillion and real GDP  for calendar 2014 of $16.086 trillion in 2009 dollars. GDP for some years previous to 2014 have been revised by BEA.

Usgovernmentspending.com uses the BEA GDP data series from 1929 to the present and measuringworth.com as its GDP source from 1790 to 1928..

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