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State Growth And Debt Rank

Compare state and local spending and debt 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
(mln)
 North Dakota15.39%8.56%$54.42.1%0.7 more
 North Carolina18.70%11.34%$454.51.3%9.8 more
 Ohio20.22%14.82%$559.01.0%11.6 more
 Oklahoma17.52%10.33%$182.42.7%3.9 more
 Oregon20.17%17.62%$197.7-1.4%3.9 more
 New York23.00%25.94%$1,335.10.2%19.7 more
 New Mexico23.08%17.91%$91.3-0.9%2.1 more
 Nebraska19.06%13.81%$107.22.6%1.9 more
 Montana21.72%12.18%$43.21.2%1.0 more
 Nevada17.39%21.12%$126.9-0.3%2.8 more
 New Hampshire16.83%16.98%$67.30.1%1.3 more
 New Jersey19.38%18.69%$530.10.4%8.9 more
 Pennsylvania20.29%20.15%$645.41.2%12.8 more
 Rhode Island21.61%23.31%$52.80.6%1.1 more
 Washington18.25%19.23%$402.81.4%7.0 more
 Virginia16.30%14.49%$451.9-0.2%8.3 more
 West Virginia22.86%14.91%$72.81.4%1.9 more
 Wisconsin19.77%15.77%$281.50.7%5.7 more
 Wyoming21.67%4.97%$40.50.4%0.6 more
 Vermont25.22%15.89%$28.6-0.4%0.6 more
 Utah18.78%14.54%$134.92.9%2.9 more
 South Carolina23.44%23.29%$180.91.1%4.8 more
 South Dakota15.76%13.04%$44.91.3%0.8 more
 Tennessee18.98%12.71%$289.31.1%6.5 more
 Texas14.49%17.43%$1,527.24.3%26.5 more
 Missouri18.45%16.60%$274.51.5%6.0 more
 Mississippi26.67%13.81%$103.3-0.5%3.0 more
 Delaware17.40%13.57%$61.4-1.2%0.9 more
 Connecticut17.24%17.88%$242.4-0.4%3.6 more
 District of Columbia13.37%11.10%$111.8-0.4%0.6 more
 Florida19.49%18.36%$797.32.3%19.6 more
 Georgia17.40%12.21%$450.91.6%10.0 more
 Colorado17.45%18.49%$288.82.1%5.3 more
 California20.50%18.99%$2,215.22.6%38.3 more
 Alabama22.31%16.50%$191.60.8%4.8 more
 Alaska25.98%16.20%$59.9-5.3%0.7 more
 Arizona19.28%18.19%$271.10.1%6.6 more
 Arkansas20.90%12.00%$116.72.6%3.0 more
 Hawaii19.81%19.52%$74.00.8%1.4 more
 Idaho19.12%9.76%$61.12.5%1.6 more
 Maryland18.01%14.52%$337.4-0.1%5.9 more
 Maine23.09%15.77%$53.3-0.8%1.3 more
 Massachusetts18.19%21.74%$438.6-0.6%6.7 more
 Michigan20.61%17.71%$431.11.6%9.9 more
 Minnesota18.20%15.67%$307.22.5%5.4 more
 Louisiana20.06%16.54%$238.3-2.6%4.6 more
 Kentucky21.09%22.66%$182.71.0%4.4 more
 Illinois18.46%20.63%$720.5-0.7%12.9 more
 Indiana17.01%16.05%$310.72.2%6.6 more
 Iowa19.35%11.32%$163.50.6%3.1 more
 Kansas18.38%18.32%$142.8-0.8%2.9 more
 All states combined19.05%17.74%$16,663.21.5%316.2 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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