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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2013  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP


State and
 District of Columbia0.00%0.22%0.22%$0.1-0.5%0.6 more
 North Dakota0.43%0.03%0.46%$0.19.7%0.7 more
 Nebraska0.47%0.26%0.73%$0.13.0%1.9 more
 Indiana0.72%0.03%0.75%$0.12.1%6.6 more
 Utah0.81%0.01%0.81%$0.13.8%2.9 more
 Texas0.73%0.10%0.83%$0.13.7%26.4 more
 Vermont0.82%0.03%0.85%$0.11.9%0.6 more
 Washington0.80%0.05%0.86%$0.12.7%7.0 more
 Wisconsin0.75%0.11%0.86%$0.11.7%5.7 more
 New Hampshire0.84%0.02%0.86%$0.10.9%1.3 more
 Tennessee0.66%0.21%0.88%$0.10.8%6.5 more
 Delaware0.81%0.09%0.89%$0.11.6%0.9 more
 Wyoming0.92%0.00%0.92%$0.17.6%0.6 more
 South Dakota0.89%0.04%0.93%$0.13.1%0.8 more
 Florida0.74%0.19%0.93%$0.12.2%19.6 more
 North Carolina0.97%0.01%0.98%$0.12.3%9.8 more
 Virginia0.80%0.18%0.98%$0.10.1%8.3 more
 Arkansas1.02%0.03%1.05%$0.12.4%3.0 more
 Kansas0.99%0.07%1.06%$0.11.9%2.9 more
 Maryland0.82%0.27%1.09%$0.10.0%5.9 more
 Idaho1.09%0.00%1.09%$0.14.1%1.6 more
 Iowa1.12%0.00%1.12%$0.12.9%3.1 more
 Oklahoma1.08%0.04%1.12%$0.14.2%3.9 more
 Georgia1.12%0.15%1.27%$0.11.8%10.0 more
 Nevada1.28%0.00%1.28%$0.11.0%2.8 more
 Louisiana1.25%0.07%1.32%$0.11.3%4.6 more
 Minnesota1.21%0.11%1.32%$0.12.8%5.4 more
 Arizona1.22%0.11%1.33%$0.11.1%6.6 more
 Montana1.36%0.00%1.36%$0.13.0%1.0 more
 Missouri1.19%0.17%1.36%$0.10.8%6.0 more
 Hawaii1.38%0.00%1.38%$0.11.9%1.4 more
 Massachusetts1.00%0.39%1.39%$0.11.6%6.7 more
 Colorado1.32%0.08%1.40%$0.13.8%5.3 more
 All states combined1.17%0.26%1.43%$0.11.9%316.1 more
 West Virginia1.37%0.07%1.44%$0.15.1%1.9 more
 Maine1.49%0.00%1.49%$0.10.9%1.3 more
 Connecticut1.29%0.24%1.52%$0.10.9%3.6 more
 South Carolina1.52%0.00%1.52%$0.11.2%4.8 more
 Alabama1.51%0.09%1.60%$0.10.8%4.8 more
 Oregon1.57%0.06%1.63%$0.12.7%3.9 more
 New Jersey1.64%0.00%1.65%$0.11.1%8.9 more
 Pennsylvania1.36%0.32%1.68%$0.10.7%12.8 more
 Alaska1.66%0.05%1.71%$0.1-2.5%0.7 more
 New Mexico1.82%0.00%1.82%$0.11.5%2.1 more
 Kentucky1.82%0.03%1.85%$0.11.6%4.4 more
 California1.38%0.50%1.88%$0.12.0%38.3 more
 Michigan1.42%0.47%1.89%$0.12.0%9.9 more
 Mississippi2.03%0.00%2.03%$0.11.6%3.0 more
 Illinois1.41%0.65%2.05%$0.10.9%12.9 more
 New York1.18%0.91%2.09%$0.10.7%19.7 more
 Rhode Island1.78%0.37%2.15%$0.11.4%1.1 more
 Ohio2.37%0.04%2.41%$0.11.8%11.6 more
Notes: actual 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:
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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Gross State Product Update for 2013

The US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its Gross State Product (GSP) data for 2013 on June 11, 2014. has updated its individual state GSPs for 2013 and projected nominal and real GSP through 2019 for each state using the projected national GDP numbers from Table 10.1 in the Historical Tables for the Federal FY2014 Budget and the historical GDP data series from the BEA as a baseline.

As before we have projected individual state GSPs out to 2019 by applying a factor to reflect each state's deviation from the national growth rate. (E.g. In 2013 the national real GDP expanded by 1.9 percent. But North Dakota grew by 9.7 percent, a deviation of nearly 7 percent. The deviation is reduced by 40 percent for each year after 2013, making the assumption that each state will slowly revert to the national norm.) 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 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 2013 GSP growth rates.

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