Step One: Select the state and the years you want to chart.
US or individual state:
US or State: By default, the chart shows overall United States government spending. But you can select spending for individual states by selecting the state dropdown control in the table heading.
Spending Units: By default, government spending is displayed in billions of dollars. But using a dropdown control in the table heading you can select billions of 2005 dollars, percent of GDP, 2005 dollars per capita, percent of federal spending, or percent of total spending.
Start Year: End Year:
Note: First year of available data for individual states is 1992.
If you want to chart data for a single year, go to the Numbers page. If you want a pie chart, go to the Pie Chart page.
Step Two: Select the data you want to chart.
(Up to five allowed)
(Click on dropdown to select the spending function you want)
Step Three: Select the chart characteristics.
Bar chart or line chart:
Line/Bar: By default, the data series are displayed as line charts. But you can also select a bar chart.
Stacked chart (or not):
Data Stack: By default, the data series are stacked when displayed on the chart. But you can change the setting to un stack the data series.
Chart Size: By default, the chart is displayed at medium size. But you can use the dropdown control to change the size.
small = 300x200, thin = 350x230, medium = 390x250, large = 550x300
Color or black-and-white:
Color: By default charts are displayed with color data lines and fill. You can change this to grayscale if you want.
Step Four: Display your chart.
Dont worry. You can add functions or change things later.
On December 11, 2014 usgovernmentspending.com updated the state and local spending and revenue for FY 2012 using the newly released Census Bureau State and Local Government Finances for FY 2012. This includes state and local spending for the United States as a whole and individual states and the District of Columbia.
State and local spending and revenue for FY2012 are now actual historical spending as reported by the Census Bureau. Previously state spending and revenue for FY2012 was actual and local spending and revenue was estimated. The following table shows the difference between estimated and actual spending and revenue for FY2012:
We have updated the "guesstimated" state and local finances for FY2013-19.
Also updated were state and local finances for 2009, 2010, and 2011 using newly released Census Bureau revised data.