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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%25.7 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%311.7 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 estimated

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 2011:

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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US, State Population Update for 2014

On December 24, 2014 the US Census Bureau released its national and state population estimates for 2014.  On December 24, 2014 usgovernmentspending.com updated its US and state population data as follows:
  • We updated 2014 population data for US and states using data from US Census Bureau Population Estimates: vintage 2014 in file NST-EST2014-01.xls.
  • We projected 2014 thru 2019 for US and states assuming population rate change for 2013-24.
  • We updated 2015 thru 2019 for US using data from US Census Bureau 2012 National Population Projections in file NP2014-T1.xls.
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