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Compare States Debt

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

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Debt
as percent GDP

Spending as percent of GSP
 Total Spending
 Pensions
 Health Care
 Education
 Welfare
 Protection
 Transportation
 Debt
 GSP Growth

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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2011  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP

Gross Public Debt

StateState
Debt
Local
Debt
State and
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(million)
 District of Columbia0.00%10.19%10.19%$0.12.0%0.6 more
 Tennessee2.23%11.84%14.06%$0.12.8%6.4 more
 Nebraska2.39%12.81%15.20%$0.13.8%1.8 more
 Texas2.84%16.36%19.20%$0.14.2%25.6 more
 Wyoming3.16%2.27%5.43%$0.11.1%0.6 more
 Georgia3.18%9.71%12.88%$0.10.9%9.8 more
 Arkansas3.24%8.50%11.74%$0.11.6%2.9 more
 Nevada3.41%19.50%22.91%$0.10.8%2.7 more
 North Carolina4.32%7.63%11.94%$0.10.3%9.7 more
 Minnesota4.51%11.85%16.37%$0.12.5%5.3 more
 Alabama4.99%11.33%16.32%$0.11.2%4.8 more
 Iowa5.08%7.25%12.33%$0.11.6%3.1 more
 North Dakota5.09%5.89%10.98%$0.19.2%0.7 more
 Kansas5.09%14.96%20.06%$0.13.8%2.9 more
 Arizona5.49%13.98%19.46%$0.12.6%6.5 more
 Utah5.73%10.28%16.01%$0.13.0%2.8 more
 Florida5.90%14.74%20.65%$0.1-0.4%19.1 more
 Colorado6.14%13.25%19.39%$0.11.5%5.1 more
 Virginia6.16%8.69%14.85%$0.10.7%8.1 more
 Oklahoma6.20%5.48%11.68%$0.13.4%3.8 more
 Ohio6.21%9.03%15.24%$0.12.6%11.5 more
 Idaho6.90%3.93%10.82%$0.10.1%1.6 more
 Mississippi7.03%7.73%14.77%$0.1-0.8%3.0 more
 Oregon7.17%10.43%17.60%$0.14.0%3.9 more
 All states combined7.34%11.48%18.82%$0.11.8%311.6 more
 California7.37%13.35%20.72%$0.11.7%37.7 more
 Pennsylvania7.42%13.05%20.47%$0.11.4%12.7 more
 Indiana7.58%9.43%17.02%$0.10.3%6.5 more
 Washington7.60%12.41%20.01%$0.10.7%6.8 more
 Louisiana7.60%8.39%15.99%$0.1-2.8%4.6 more
 Michigan7.73%10.70%18.42%$0.12.2%9.9 more
 Maryland7.74%5.93%13.67%$0.11.7%5.8 more
 Missouri7.96%9.86%17.81%$0.1-0.9%6.0 more
 South Dakota8.35%5.14%13.49%$0.14.9%0.8 more
 Kentucky8.55%16.04%24.59%$0.11.6%4.4 more
 Wisconsin8.70%8.11%16.80%$0.11.7%5.7 more
 South Carolina8.94%15.02%23.97%$0.13.1%4.7 more
 New Mexico9.30%10.66%19.96%$0.11.1%2.1 more
 Illinois9.57%11.91%21.48%$0.11.6%12.9 more
 Delaware9.91%4.18%14.09%$0.10.2%0.9 more
 Montana10.02%4.25%14.27%$0.13.3%1.0 more
 West Virginia10.66%5.16%15.82%$0.12.5%1.9 more
 Alaska10.96%6.29%17.25%$0.14.2%0.7 more
 New York10.96%16.22%27.18%$0.11.2%19.5 more
 Hawaii11.34%7.83%19.18%$0.11.8%1.4 more
 Maine11.41%5.92%17.33%$0.1-1.1%1.3 more
 Vermont12.65%4.15%16.80%$0.12.2%0.6 more
 New Jersey12.70%7.59%20.29%$0.1-0.5%8.8 more
 Connecticut12.98%4.65%17.63%$0.1-0.9%3.6 more
 New Hampshire13.18%4.35%17.53%$0.11.1%1.3 more
 Rhode Island18.38%5.55%23.93%$0.1-0.1%1.1 more
 Massachusetts19.31%4.42%23.74%$0.12.2%6.6 more
Notes: actual guesstimated1 estimated

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:
See 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 2011:

GDP, GO: See 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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State and Local Finances Update for FY 2012

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:

FY 2012Estimated
$ billion
Actual
$ billion
Spending$1,657$1,647
Revenue$1,038$1,075

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.

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