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State Growth And Debt Rank

Compare state and local spending for the 50 states against state growth and population.

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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending and Debt
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2013  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP
StateState &
Local
Spending
State &
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(million)
 North Dakota16.01%9.98%$0.10.9%0.7 more
 North Carolina18.42%10.86%$0.12.7%9.8 more
 Ohio20.21%15.02%$0.12.1%11.6 more
 Oklahoma18.00%10.62%$0.11.8%3.9 more
 Oregon19.63%16.72%$0.1-1.0%3.9 more
 New York22.84%25.76%$0.11.0%19.7 more
 New Mexico23.09%17.49%$0.11.0%2.1 more
 Nebraska18.68%13.70%$0.13.9%1.9 more
 Montana21.80%13.46%$0.11.0%1.0 more
 Nevada17.70%21.84%$0.10.7%2.8 more
 New Hampshire16.41%15.39%$0.11.4%1.3 more
 New Jersey19.15%19.59%$0.10.8%8.9 more
 Pennsylvania20.13%20.89%$0.11.5%12.8 more
 Rhode Island21.20%22.73%$0.11.9%1.1 more
 Washington18.46%19.78%$0.12.3%7.0 more
 Virginia16.03%15.08%$0.10.4%8.3 more
 West Virginia23.66%15.59%$0.11.3%1.9 more
 Wisconsin19.64%15.68%$0.12.2%5.7 more
 Wyoming21.43%5.82%$0.10.5%0.6 more
 Vermont24.75%15.87%$0.1-0.3%0.6 more
 Utah18.84%15.41%$0.13.7%2.9 more
 South Carolina22.46%21.83%$0.11.4%4.8 more
 South Dakota15.64%13.77%$0.10.9%0.8 more
 Tennessee18.92%13.52%$0.11.6%6.5 more
 Texas14.57%17.28%$0.15.5%26.5 more
 Missouri18.10%16.64%$0.11.8%6.0 more
 Mississippi26.88%14.80%$0.1-1.1%3.0 more
 Delaware17.65%13.56%$0.10.7%0.9 more
 Connecticut17.13%17.51%$0.11.0%3.6 more
 District of Columbia12.36%10.63%$0.1-0.6%0.6 more
 Florida19.61%18.16%$0.12.5%19.6 more
 Georgia17.26%12.09%$0.12.0%10.0 more
 Colorado17.22%18.41%$0.12.1%5.3 more
 California20.22%18.83%$0.12.3%38.4 more
 Alabama21.98%15.71%$0.12.5%4.8 more
 Alaska26.31%17.50%$0.1-4.0%0.7 more
 Arizona18.47%17.33%$0.10.8%6.6 more
 Arkansas20.42%12.78%$0.11.9%3.0 more
 Hawaii19.45%18.54%$0.11.4%1.4 more
 Idaho19.03%9.86%$0.12.6%1.6 more
 Maryland17.67%13.81%$0.10.7%5.9 more
 Maine23.13%15.12%$0.10.5%1.3 more
 Massachusetts17.84%20.98%$0.11.2%6.7 more
 Michigan20.34%17.53%$0.12.8%9.9 more
 Minnesota18.32%16.09%$0.12.1%5.4 more
 Louisiana19.67%16.56%$0.1-2.5%4.6 more
 Kentucky21.53%22.99%$0.11.2%4.4 more
 Illinois18.33%19.98%$0.10.2%12.9 more
 Indiana17.07%15.82%$0.12.2%6.6 more
 Iowa19.08%11.75%$0.12.2%3.1 more
 Kansas18.12%18.78%$0.1-0.3%2.9 more
 All states combined18.60%17.68%$0.12.2%316.5 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:
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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Gross State Product Update for 2014

The US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its Gross State Product (GSP) data for 2014 on June 10, 2015.

Usgovernmentspending.com has updated its individual state GSPs for 2014 and projected nominal and real GSP through 2020 for each state using the projected national GDP numbers from Table 10.1 in the Historical Tables for the Federal FY2016 Budget and the historical GDP data series from the BEA as a baseline.

As before we have projected individual state GSPs out to 2020 by applying a factor to reflect each state's deviation from the national growth rate. (E.g. In 2014 the national real GDP expanded by 2.4 percent. But North Dakota grew by 6.3 percent, a deviation of nearly 4 percent. The deviation is reduced by 40 percent for each year after 2014, making the assumption that each state will slowly revert to the national norm.)

Usgovernmentspending.com 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 usgovernmentspending.com 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 2014 GSP growth rates.

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