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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 $ billion

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 2013  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in $ billion

Gross Public Debt

StateState
Debt
Local
Debt
State and
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(million)
 All states combined$1,162.8$1,826.5$2,989.2$16,797.51.9%316.9 more
 California$158.0$266.1$424.1$2,202.72.0%38.3 more
 New York$137.7$209.1$346.8$1,310.70.7%19.7 more
 Massachusetts$80.1$15.7$95.9$446.31.6%6.7 more
 New Jersey$66.1$38.3$104.4$543.11.1%8.9 more
 Illinois$64.5$83.6$148.1$720.70.9%12.9 more
 Texas$51.3$231.1$282.5$1,532.63.7%26.4 more
 Pennsylvania$47.2$86.4$133.7$644.90.7%12.8 more
 Florida$35.0$110.3$145.2$800.52.2%19.6 more
 Ohio$35.0$48.7$83.7$565.31.8%11.6 more
 Connecticut$33.2$10.9$44.1$249.30.9%3.6 more
 Michigan$31.1$47.9$79.0$432.62.0%9.9 more
 Washington$30.2$47.6$77.7$408.02.7%7.0 more
 Virginia$28.9$37.9$66.8$452.60.1%8.3 more
 Maryland$26.4$21.1$47.5$342.40.0%5.9 more
 Wisconsin$23.3$20.3$43.7$282.51.7%5.7 more
 Indiana$23.0$27.0$50.1$317.12.1%6.6 more
 Missouri$20.4$26.3$46.7$276.30.8%6.0 more
 North Carolina$18.4$32.7$51.1$471.42.3%9.8 more
 Colorado$16.0$36.0$52.1$294.43.8%5.3 more
 Kentucky$15.5$27.4$42.9$183.41.6%4.4 more
 Arizona$14.9$33.9$48.8$279.01.1%6.6 more
 South Carolina$14.7$25.6$40.3$183.61.2%4.8 more
 Minnesota$13.6$36.6$50.3$312.12.8%5.4 more
 Oregon$13.6$21.1$34.7$219.62.7%3.9 more
 Georgia$13.6$43.9$57.4$454.51.8%10.0 more
 Louisiana$13.4$20.8$34.1$253.61.3%4.6 more
 Oklahoma$10.0$8.8$18.7$182.14.2%3.9 more
 Rhode Island$9.3$2.7$12.0$53.21.4%1.1 more
 Hawaii$8.8$5.8$14.6$75.21.9%1.4 more
 Alabama$8.6$21.0$29.6$193.60.8%4.8 more
 New Hampshire$7.8$2.7$10.5$67.80.9%1.3 more
 Mississippi$7.6$7.4$15.0$105.21.6%3.0 more
 West Virginia$7.3$3.7$11.0$74.05.1%1.9 more
 New Mexico$7.2$8.8$16.0$92.21.5%2.1 more
 Utah$7.1$12.7$19.8$141.23.8%2.9 more
 Kansas$6.9$19.7$26.6$144.11.9%2.9 more
 Tennessee$6.4$30.9$37.3$287.60.8%6.5 more
 Delaware$5.8$2.5$8.3$62.71.6%0.9 more
 Alaska$5.6$3.5$9.1$59.4-2.5%0.7 more
 Maine$5.4$3.0$8.5$54.80.9%1.3 more
 Iowa$5.3$13.0$18.3$165.82.9%3.1 more
 Montana$4.0$1.8$5.8$44.03.0%1.0 more
 Idaho$4.0$2.4$6.4$62.24.1%1.6 more
 Nevada$3.7$26.1$29.9$132.01.0%2.8 more
 South Dakota$3.7$2.3$6.0$46.73.1%0.8 more
 Arkansas$3.6$10.8$14.4$124.22.4%3.0 more
 Vermont$3.4$1.2$4.6$29.51.9%0.6 more
 North Dakota$2.2$3.0$5.2$56.39.7%0.7 more
 Nebraska$1.9$13.6$15.5$109.63.0%1.9 more
 Wyoming$1.3$1.2$2.5$45.47.6%0.6 more
 District of Columbia$0.0$11.9$11.9$113.4-0.5%0.6 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 2013:

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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