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Compare state and local spending for the 50 states against state growth and population.

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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2015  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP

Health Care

State State
Spending
Local
Spending
State and
Local
Spending
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(million)
 Alabama3.82%2.16%5.98%$0.11.1%4.9 more
 Alaska3.13%1.03%4.15%$0.1-0.1%0.7 more
 Arizona3.35%0.35%3.70%$0.11.5%6.8 more
 Arkansas4.67%0.25%4.92%$0.11.1%3.0 more
 California2.90%1.08%3.98%$0.12.3%39.2 more
 Colorado2.14%0.77%2.91%$0.13.5%5.4 more
 Connecticut3.27%0.07%3.34%$0.11.0%3.6 more
 Delaware3.35%0.26%3.61%$0.11.3%0.9 more
 District of Columbia0.07%2.61%2.67%$0.11.6%0.7 more
 Florida3.10%0.74%3.85%$0.12.3%20.2 more
 Georgia2.58%1.29%3.87%$0.12.0%10.2 more
 Hawaii3.92%0.38%4.29%$0.11.1%1.4 more
 Idaho3.52%0.97%4.49%$0.12.2%1.7 more
 Illinois2.72%0.29%3.01%$0.11.4%12.9 more
 Indiana3.81%2.10%5.91%$0.10.9%6.6 more
 Iowa3.70%1.14%4.85%$0.10.9%3.1 more
 Kansas3.03%0.77%3.79%$0.11.7%2.9 more
 Kentucky3.71%0.37%4.09%$0.11.2%4.4 more
 Louisiana3.83%1.60%5.42%$0.11.8%4.7 more
 Maine5.35%0.16%5.52%$0.10.8%1.3 more
 Maryland2.63%0.18%2.81%$0.11.2%6.0 more
 Massachusetts3.18%0.49%3.67%$0.12.0%6.8 more
 Michigan3.10%0.91%4.01%$0.11.8%9.9 more
 Minnesota2.57%0.63%3.19%$0.11.5%5.5 more
 Mississippi5.79%2.61%8.40%$0.10.0%3.0 more
 Missouri4.16%0.80%4.96%$0.11.2%6.1 more
 Montana2.82%0.54%3.37%$0.11.7%1.0 more
 Nebraska2.15%0.69%2.84%$0.11.1%1.9 more
 Nevada1.96%0.77%2.73%$0.11.3%2.9 more
 New Hampshire1.48%0.04%1.52%$0.12.0%1.3 more
 New Jersey2.93%0.14%3.08%$0.10.9%9.0 more
 New Mexico4.74%0.36%5.10%$0.11.3%2.1 more
 New York3.54%0.98%4.52%$0.12.2%19.8 more
 North Carolina3.25%1.72%4.97%$0.11.5%10.0 more
 North Dakota1.84%0.11%1.95%$0.14.5%0.8 more
 Ohio3.54%0.69%4.23%$0.11.9%11.6 more
 Oklahoma3.77%0.68%4.45%$0.12.3%3.9 more
 Oregon3.44%0.59%4.03%$0.12.8%4.0 more
 Pennsylvania3.25%0.64%3.89%$0.11.7%12.8 more
 Rhode Island3.73%0.12%3.85%$0.11.4%1.1 more
 South Carolina3.64%2.09%5.73%$0.12.0%4.9 more
 South Dakota1.76%0.19%1.96%$0.11.0%0.9 more
 Tennessee3.37%0.97%4.34%$0.11.7%6.6 more
 Texas2.19%0.78%2.97%$0.13.8%27.4 more
 All states combined3.08%0.77%3.86%$0.12.1%321.2 more
 Utah2.83%0.34%3.17%$0.12.5%3.0 more
 Vermont4.80%0.04%4.84%$0.11.0%0.6 more
 Virginia2.50%0.29%2.80%$0.10.7%8.4 more
 Washington2.51%1.03%3.54%$0.12.5%7.2 more
 West Virginia4.55%0.73%5.27%$0.13.8%1.8 more
 Wisconsin2.72%0.48%3.20%$0.11.3%5.8 more
 Wyoming2.09%3.16%5.25%$0.13.8%0.6 more
Notes: estimated guesstimated1

1. "Guesstimated" by projecting the latest change in reported number forward to future years. GSP deviation from national GDP growth cut by 40% per year.

Data Sources:
State GDP Information
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

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Data Sources for 2015:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
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

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Gross State Product Update for 2014

The US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its Gross State Product (GSP) data for 2014 on June 10, 2015.

Usgovernmentspending.com has updated its individual state GSPs for 2014 and projected nominal and real GSP through 2020 for each state using the projected national GDP numbers from Table 10.1 in the Historical Tables for the Federal FY2016 Budget and the historical GDP data series from the BEA as a baseline.

As before we have projected individual state GSPs out to 2020 by applying a factor to reflect each state's deviation from the national growth rate. (E.g. In 2014 the national real GDP expanded by 2.4 percent. But North Dakota grew by 6.3 percent, a deviation of nearly 4 percent. The deviation is reduced by 40 percent for each year after 2014, making the assumption that each state will slowly revert to the national norm.)

Usgovernmentspending.com displays individual state data going back to 1957, but BEA has nominal GSP data going back to only 1963, and real GSP data going back to 1987.  Also the 1987-1997 real GSP data is in 1997 dollars, not 2009 dollars like the 1997-present data, and the pre-1997 data is based on a different model than post 1997 data.  For the pre-1997 data we have factored it to remove any "bumps" over the 1997 transition.

Because usgovernmentspending.com needs GSP data to provide e.g., spending as a percent of GDP, we have extended the two BEA GSP data series back to 1957.  We have assumed that the rate of change of GSP prior to 1963 is the same as the national GDP and we have assumed that the rate of change of real GSP prior to 1987 is the same as the nation real GDP growth rate.

Click here to view a complete list of US states and their 2014 GSP growth rates.

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