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Units: By default, values are displayed in billions of dollars. By using a dropdown control in the table heading you can select millions of dollars, percent of GDP, percent of federal total, percent of overall total, dollars per capita of population, and thousand dollars per capita of population.
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|* If you add data series at same government level, this item will be shown as Remaining Spending.|
The table shows overall budgeted federal expenditures for major functions for the next five years, as estimated in the historical tables in the current presidential budget. You can compare these estimates with the actual expenditures for the most recent historical fiscal year.
You can change the budget to be analyzed or drill down to view more detailed spending information.
Data Sources: Federal spending from Budget of the United States Government.
For a discussion of the sources of the government spending data used here read How We Got the Data for usgovernmentspending.com.
Budget Updates: The presidents budget is typically published each year in February.
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Below is a formatted version of the data displayed in the chart.
$ billion nominal
|Total Spending -fed|
$ billion nominal
Data Sources for 2014:
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Gross Domestic Product data comes from measuringworth.com.
Detailed table of spending data sources here.
Federal spending data begins in 1792.
State and local spending data begins in 1890.
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> US GDP CY13
Sources for 2009:
Sources for 2014:
GDP: Fed. Budget: Hist. Table 10.1
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
Guesstimated by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years