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State Welfare Spending Rank

Compare state and local welfare spending 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 percent GDP

StateState
Spending
Local
Spending
State and
Local
Spending
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(million)
 Texas0.49%0.16%0.65%$1,557.25.5%26.5 more
 Wyoming0.70%0.07%0.78%$41.80.5%0.6 more
 Alabama0.55%0.26%0.81%$194.72.5%4.8 more
 Kansas0.72%0.11%0.83%$142.4-0.3%2.9 more
 Missouri0.65%0.24%0.88%$276.71.8%6.0 more
 North Dakota0.65%0.25%0.90%$51.00.9%0.7 more
 South Carolina0.73%0.18%0.91%$182.41.4%4.8 more
 Iowa0.78%0.13%0.91%$166.82.2%3.1 more
 Georgia0.68%0.28%0.97%$456.52.0%10.0 more
 Louisiana0.70%0.32%1.02%$246.7-2.5%4.6 more
 Arizona0.78%0.24%1.02%$274.70.8%6.6 more
 Virginia0.56%0.47%1.03%$455.00.4%8.3 more
 New Mexico0.86%0.17%1.03%$90.81.0%2.1 more
 South Dakota0.91%0.17%1.08%$44.70.9%0.8 more
 Oklahoma0.90%0.19%1.09%$176.41.8%3.9 more
 Florida0.62%0.47%1.09%$800.72.5%19.6 more
 Utah0.83%0.29%1.12%$135.03.7%2.9 more
 Indiana0.95%0.18%1.12%$311.22.2%6.6 more
 Tennessee0.88%0.27%1.15%$290.11.6%6.5 more
 Idaho1.06%0.11%1.17%$61.12.6%1.6 more
 Delaware1.03%0.14%1.17%$60.80.7%0.9 more
 Colorado0.61%0.56%1.17%$288.32.1%5.3 more
 Mississippi0.94%0.26%1.20%$104.1-1.1%3.0 more
 Nebraska0.94%0.26%1.21%$109.43.9%1.9 more
 Arkansas1.07%0.16%1.23%$118.61.9%3.0 more
 Washington0.94%0.34%1.28%$407.22.3%7.0 more
 District of Columbia0.00%1.31%1.31%$111.7-0.6%0.6 more
 Hawaii1.17%0.15%1.32%$75.11.4%1.4 more
 Kentucky1.20%0.12%1.32%$183.61.2%4.4 more
 New Hampshire0.87%0.46%1.33%$68.71.4%1.3 more
 West Virginia1.16%0.17%1.33%$70.61.3%1.9 more
 North Carolina0.74%0.60%1.35%$467.12.7%9.8 more
 All states combined0.87%0.53%1.40%$16,768.12.2%316.4 more
 Illinois1.11%0.32%1.44%$724.80.2%12.9 more
 Nevada0.99%0.48%1.48%$128.00.7%2.8 more
 Minnesota0.80%0.70%1.49%$307.32.1%5.4 more
 Montana1.23%0.28%1.50%$43.01.0%1.0 more
 Michigan1.24%0.29%1.53%$434.72.8%9.9 more
 Connecticut1.20%0.34%1.54%$246.91.0%3.6 more
 Wisconsin0.93%0.61%1.54%$284.72.2%5.7 more
 Maryland1.21%0.35%1.56%$339.40.7%5.9 more
 Oregon1.32%0.30%1.62%$204.9-1.0%3.9 more
 Ohio0.89%0.82%1.71%$562.82.1%11.6 more
 New Jersey1.38%0.36%1.74%$537.40.8%8.9 more
 New York0.56%1.19%1.75%$1,341.61.0%19.7 more
 Massachusetts1.38%0.38%1.76%$441.51.2%6.7 more
 Pennsylvania1.11%0.74%1.85%$640.31.5%12.8 more
 Vermont1.66%0.26%1.92%$28.8-0.3%0.6 more
 Rhode Island1.50%0.43%1.93%$53.31.9%1.1 more
 Maine1.67%0.29%1.97%$54.60.5%1.3 more
 Alaska1.66%0.33%1.99%$57.3-4.0%0.7 more
 California1.02%1.06%2.08%$2,213.02.3%38.4 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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State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
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FY16 Budget
Estimate in
FY17 Budget
Change
Federal Outlays$4,217.8$4,147.2-$70.6
Federal Receipts$3,755.0$3,643.7-$111.3
Federal Deficit$462.8$503.5+$40.7

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