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State Debt Rank

Compare state and local debt 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 2013  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in $ billion

StateState
Debt
Local
Debt
State and
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(mln)
 All states combined$1,137.9$1,818.3$2,956.2$16,663.21.5%316.2 more
 California$152.2$268.5$420.6$2,215.22.6%38.3 more
 New York$136.0$210.3$346.3$1,335.10.2%19.7 more
 Massachusetts$76.2$19.2$95.4$438.6-0.6%6.7 more
 New Jersey$64.3$34.8$99.1$530.10.4%8.9 more
 Illinois$63.7$85.0$148.7$720.5-0.7%12.9 more
 Pennsylvania$47.0$83.0$130.0$645.41.2%12.8 more
 Texas$39.6$226.6$266.2$1,527.24.3%26.5 more
 Florida$37.9$108.5$146.4$797.32.3%19.6 more
 Ohio$33.1$49.7$82.8$559.01.0%11.6 more
 Connecticut$32.4$11.0$43.3$242.4-0.4%3.6 more
 Washington$30.5$47.0$77.5$402.81.4%7.0 more
 Michigan$30.4$46.0$76.4$431.11.6%9.9 more
 Virginia$28.0$37.5$65.5$451.9-0.2%8.3 more
 Maryland$26.1$22.9$49.0$337.4-0.1%5.9 more
 Wisconsin$23.2$21.2$44.4$281.50.7%5.7 more
 Indiana$22.6$27.3$49.9$310.72.2%6.6 more
 Missouri$19.3$26.3$45.6$274.51.5%6.0 more
 North Carolina$19.1$32.5$51.5$454.51.3%9.8 more
 Louisiana$18.6$20.8$39.4$238.3-2.6%4.6 more
 Colorado$16.3$37.1$53.4$288.82.1%5.3 more
 Kentucky$15.0$26.4$41.4$182.71.0%4.4 more
 South Carolina$14.7$27.4$42.1$180.91.1%4.8 more
 Arizona$14.2$35.1$49.3$271.10.1%6.6 more
 Minnesota$13.7$34.5$48.1$307.22.5%5.4 more
 Oregon$13.6$21.2$34.8$197.7-1.4%3.9 more
 Georgia$13.3$41.7$55.0$450.91.6%10.0 more
 Rhode Island$9.6$2.7$12.3$52.80.6%1.1 more
 Oklahoma$9.5$9.3$18.8$182.42.7%3.9 more
 Alabama$9.1$22.6$31.6$191.60.8%4.8 more
 New Hampshire$8.8$2.7$11.4$67.30.1%1.3 more
 Hawaii$8.3$6.1$14.4$74.00.8%1.4 more
 West Virginia$7.4$3.5$10.8$72.81.4%1.9 more
 New Mexico$7.2$9.1$16.4$91.3-0.9%2.1 more
 Mississippi$7.1$7.2$14.3$103.3-0.5%3.0 more
 Utah$7.0$12.6$19.6$134.92.9%2.9 more
 Kansas$6.8$19.3$26.2$142.8-0.8%2.9 more
 Iowa$6.7$11.8$18.5$163.50.6%3.1 more
 Alaska$6.2$3.5$9.7$59.9-5.3%0.7 more
 Tennessee$6.2$30.6$36.8$289.31.1%6.5 more
 Delaware$5.8$2.6$8.3$61.4-1.2%0.9 more
 Maine$5.4$3.0$8.4$53.3-0.8%1.3 more
 Arkansas$3.9$10.0$14.0$116.72.6%3.0 more
 Idaho$3.6$2.3$6.0$61.12.5%1.6 more
 Nevada$3.6$23.2$26.8$126.9-0.3%2.8 more
 Montana$3.5$1.7$5.3$43.21.2%1.0 more
 South Dakota$3.4$2.4$5.9$44.91.3%0.8 more
 Vermont$3.3$1.2$4.5$28.6-0.4%0.6 more
 Nebraska$1.8$13.0$14.8$107.22.6%1.9 more
 North Dakota$1.8$2.8$4.7$54.42.1%0.7 more
 Wyoming$1.0$1.0$2.0$40.50.4%0.6 more
 District of Columbia$0.0$12.4$12.4$111.8-0.4%0.6 more
Notes: estimated actual

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 2013:

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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The Feds Borrow More Than The "Deficit"

People naturally assume that the annual Deficit is the total that the Federal government borrows each year. Actually this is not so. The Deficit is simply the difference between Federal Outlays and Federal Receipts. Usually, the Feds borrow a lot more than the official Deficit.

Like below, in $ billion:

YearGross
Debt
Debt
Increase
Federal
Deficit
Other
Borrow
2000562924-236259
20057905551318232
20101352916531294359
20111476412351300-64
20121605112871087200
201316719669680-11
2014177951075485590
201518120326438-113
2016195371417587830

We have provided the difference between the Debt increase and the Deficit for each year under "Other Borrowings" on the Spending Details page. To Recap:

Other Borrowings = (Increase in Federal Debt) - (Official Deficit)

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