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Create and customize charts of government spending.

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Spending Units: By default, government spending is displayed in billions of dollars. But using a dropdown control in the table heading you can select billions of 2005 dollars, percent of GDP, 2005 dollars per capita, percent of federal spending, or percent of total spending.
Chart Title: You can create a title for your chart. Use the text field to enter a title and click the button to the right of the text field.
US or State: By default, the chart shows overall United States government spending. But you can select spending for individual states by selecting the state dropdown control in the table heading.
State, Local: By default, you can chart state spending or local spending by clicking a radio button in the selection table. But you can chart state-and-local combined by selecting state n local in the state/local dropdown control in the table heading.
View: There are many ways to view the spending data. The default view is functional. There is a census view that conforms with the spending categories used by the US Census Bureau in its Statistical Abstract. There is a COFOG view that categorizes spending using the UN methodology.
Linear/Log: By default, the data series are displayed as linear charts. But you can also select a log chart. Linear charts show constant amount changes as a straight line; Log charts show constant rates of change as a straight line.
Line/Bar: By default, the data series are displayed as line charts. But you can also select a bar chart.
Data Stack: By default, the data series are “stacked” when displayed on the chart. But you can change the setting to “un stack” the data series.
Chart Size: By default, the chart is displayed at medium size. But you can use the dropdown control to change the size.
Color: By default charts are displayed with color data lines and fill. You can change this to grayscale if you want.
US Budget Year: By default, the chart displays budgeted and estimated federal spending in the current US Budget submitted to the Congress by the president. But you can look at previous budgeted numbers using this dropdown control.

Data Range

Start Year: You can select any start year you want using the dropdown control in the table heading. At the top and bottom of the dropdown only years ending in “0” are shown. Select a start year to get close, then select the start year you want.
End Year: You can select any end year you want using the dropdown control in the table heading. At the top and bottom of the dropdown only years ending in “0” are shown. Select an end year to get close, then select the end year you want.
Category (max 5)Sub-categoryFed Gov. 
Xfer 
State Local Total   
 
Data Series: Select a spending series you want to chart from a dropdown on the left. If you select on the bottom dropdown you will add a data series (up to a maximum of five). The right-hand dropdown allows you to replace a data series with a more narrowly focused series. Click the “X” link to remove a data series from the chart.
 
 
 
 
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If you’d like to create your own custom chart of spending data you should use the table above to make your selections.

  • Select the year range: Select the start year and the end year you want by selecting the years you want in the two year dropdown boxes.
  • Select spending items: Just select the spending item you want from the dropdown control. Then click a radio button to select the level of government: federal, state, or local. If you select from the < select > you will add another data series to your chart. Up to 5 data series are allowed at once. Click the “X” link to remove a data series from the chart.
  • Select units: You can select the display in billions of nominal (i.e. inflated) dollars, billions of real (i.e. year 2005) dollars, or as percent of GDP.
  • Choose chart features: You can select the size of the chart, switch from bar chart to line chart, select color or black and white, stacked or not. You can also blow up the chart to fill the screen with the “fullsize” tab control above the chart display.

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Copy and Paste: To copy and paste data into spreadsheet for analysis, just copy the tab-delimited text in the textbox below (click cursor in text box, then press ctrl-A then press ctrl-C) and paste it into your spreadsheet.

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Below is a formatted version of the data displayed in the chart.

Education
Fiscal Years 1902 to 2014
YearGDP-US
$ billion nominal
Population-US
million
Education -xfer
percent GDP
Education -fed
percent GDP
Education -state
percent GDP
Education -local
percent GDP
1902MW gdp79.176-0.00a0.02a0.07a0.96a
1903MW gdp80.701-0.00i0.02i0.07i0.96i
1904MW gdp82.255-0.00i0.02i0.08i1.04i
1905MW gdp83.839-0.00i0.02i0.08i1.00i
1906MW gdp85.453-0.00i0.02i0.08i1.00i
1907MW gdp87.099-0.00i0.02i0.08i0.98i
1908MW gdp88.776-0.01i0.02i0.11i1.19i
1909MW gdp90.486-0.01i0.02i0.11i1.20i
1910MW gdp92.229-0.01i0.02i0.12i1.24i
1911MW gdp93.523-0.01i0.02i0.13i1.30i
1912MW gdp94.836-0.01i0.02i0.13i1.28i
1913MW gdp96.167-0.01a0.02a0.14a1.32a
1914MW gdp97.516-0.01i0.02i0.17i1.60i
1915MW gdp98.885-0.01i0.02i0.18i1.70i
1916MW gdp100.273-0.01i0.02i0.16i1.49i
1917MW gdp101.680-0.01i0.02i0.15i1.40i
1918MW gdp103.107-0.01i0.01i0.13i1.24i
1919MW gdp104.554-0.01i0.02i0.14i1.36i
1920MW gdp106.022-0.01i0.01i0.14i1.36i
1921MW gdp107.626-0.01i0.02i0.20i1.84i
1922MW gdp109.254-0.01a0.02a0.22a2.08a
1923MW gdp110.908-0.01i0.02i0.20i1.89i
1924MW gdp112.586-0.01i0.02i0.21i1.95i
1925MW gdp114.290-0.01i0.02i0.21i1.98i
1926MW gdp116.019-0.01i0.02i0.21i1.95i
1927MW gdp117.775-0.01a0.02a0.23a2.09a
1928MW gdp119.557-0.01i0.02i0.23i2.05i
1929MW gdp121.366-0.01i0.02i0.22i1.93i
193092.2123.203-0.01i0.02i0.26i2.20i
193177.4124.071-0.01i0.03i0.33i2.62i
193259.5124.945-0.02a0.04a0.47a3.42a
193357.2125.825-0.06i0.23i0.44i3.18i
193466.8126.712-0.09a0.35a0.34a2.40a
193574.3127.605-0.14i0.38i0.35i2.34i
193684.9128.504-0.17a0.39a0.35a2.21a
193793129.410-0.14i0.33i0.35i2.16i
193887.4130.321-0.13a0.31a0.40a2.45a
193993.5131.240-0.14i0.33i0.39i2.36i
1940102.9132.165-0.15a0.33a0.36a2.20a
1941129.4133.966-0.09i0.20i0.30i1.72i
1942166135.792-0.05a0.11a0.24a1.32a
1943203.1137.643-0.07i0.10i0.22i1.11i
1944224.6139.519-0.09a0.09a0.22a1.03a
1945228.2141.421-0.07i0.16i0.22i1.13i
1946227.8143.349-0.07a0.22a0.23a1.25a
1947249.9145.303-0.11i0.65i0.32i1.43i
1948274.8147.283-0.15a1.00a0.39a1.56a
1949272.8149.291-0.14i1.03i0.45i1.85i
1950300.2151.326-0.12a0.95a0.45a1.94a
1951347.3153.917-0.09a0.63a0.41i1.81i
1952367.7156.552-0.12a0.47a0.41a1.86a
1953389.7159.232-0.13a0.32a0.42a1.99a
1954391.1161.958-0.12a0.28a0.44a2.26a
1955426.2164.731-0.12a0.31a0.45a2.35a
1956450.1167.551-0.12a0.33a0.48a2.46a
1957474.9170.420-0.13a0.33a0.49a2.48a
1958482173.337-0.18a0.37a0.57a2.74a
1959522.5176.305-0.16a0.32a0.59a2.72a
1960543.3179.323-0.17a0.30a0.63a2.82a
1961563.3181.588-0.19a0.31a0.67a2.98a
1962605.1183.881-0.19a0.29a0.71a2.97a
1963638.6186.204-0.17a0.31a0.74a2.98a
1964685.8188.555-0.20a0.34a0.80a3.04a
1965743.7190.937-0.23a0.39a0.83a3.01a
1966815193.348-0.37a0.64a0.93a3.16a
1967861.7195.790-0.45a0.85a1.09a3.31a
1968942.5198.263-0.50a0.91a1.16a3.20a
19691019.9200.766-0.47a0.83a1.21a3.43a
19701075.9203.302-0.54a0.89a1.28a3.62a
19711167.8205.515-0.58a0.93a1.36a3.73a
19721282.4207.752-0.55a1.05a1.35a3.71a
19731428.5210.013-0.53a0.96a1.32a3.56a
19741548.8212.299-0.51a0.87a1.32a3.57a
19751688.9214.609-0.54a1.01a1.40a3.80a
19761877.6216.945-0.53a1.06a1.41a3.77a
19772086219.307-0.50a1.06a1.34a3.59a
19782356.6221.694-0.49a1.18a1.29a3.41a
19792632.1224.107-0.47a1.20a1.22a3.31a
19802862.5226.546-0.50a1.16a1.25a3.40a
19813210.9228.670-0.49a1.08a1.25a3.29a
19823345230.815-0.43a0.84a1.29a3.33a
19833638.1232.979-0.40a0.77a1.24a3.26a
19844040.7235.164-0.38a0.71a1.21a3.15a
19854346.7237.369-0.39a0.70a1.23a3.20a
19864590.1239.595-0.39a0.70a1.27a3.32a
19874870.2241.842-0.38a0.64a1.27a3.39a
19885252.6244.110-0.37a0.63a1.22a3.40a
19895657.7246.399-0.38i0.67a1.23i3.46i
19905979.6248.710-0.39a0.67a1.26a3.56a
19916174251.802-0.41a0.72a1.30a3.71a
19926539.3254.933-0.40a0.71a1.33a3.71a
19936878.7258.103-0.40a0.75a1.32a3.73a
19947308.7261.312-0.41a0.64a1.30a3.60a
19957664264.561-0.40a0.72a1.33a3.68a
19968100.2267.850-0.37a0.65a1.32a3.68a
19978608.5271.180-0.36a0.62a1.30a3.64a
19989089.1274.552-0.35a0.61a1.31a3.72a
19999665.7277.966-0.35a0.58a1.31a3.76a
200010289.7281.422-0.36a0.58a1.35a3.79a
200110625.3284.184-0.38a0.60a1.44a3.91i
200210980.2286.974-0.41a0.71a1.48a4.01a
200311512.2289.790-0.45a0.79a1.49a4.01i
200412277292.635-0.44a0.78a1.48a3.94a
200513095.4295.507-0.44a0.81a1.46a3.87a
200613857.9298.145-0.44a0.92a1.47a3.86a
200714480.3300.807-0.40a0.70a1.47a3.94a
200814720.3303.492-0.40a0.69a1.58a4.11a
200914417.9306.202-0.51a0.62a1.69a4.30a
201014508.2308.936-0.67a0.97a1.75a4.25a
201114958.6311.576-0.60a0.76a1.75a4.08a
201215547.4314.239-0.44a0.66a1.75a4.04e
201316797.5316.925-0.37a0.51a1.67g3.86g
201417332.3319.634-0.39e0.65b1.68g3.86g

Legend:
a - actual reported
i - interpolated between actual reported values
e - estimated by usgovernmentspending.com
g - 'guesstimated' projection by usgovernmentspending.com
b - budgeted estimate in US FY15 budget

Data Sources for 1902:
GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970

Data Sources for 2014:
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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Spending Data Sources

Spending data is from official government sources.
  Federal data since 1962 comes from the president’s budget.
  All other spending data comes from the US Census Bureau.

Gross Domestic Product data comes from US Bureau of Economic Analysis and measuringworth.com.

Detailed table of spending data sources here.

Federal spending data begins in 1792.

State and local spending data begins in 1890.

State and local spending data for individual states begins in 1957.

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Next Data Update

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Data Sources for 1902_2014:

Sources for 1902:

GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970

Sources for 2014:

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

> data sources for other years
> data update schedule.

CBO Long-term Outlook 2014

On July 15, 2014, the Congressional Budget Office released its annual Long Term Budget Outlook, which projects federal spending and revenue out into the 2080s.  As before, the CBO study shows that federal health-care programs will eat the budget.

UsGovernmentspending.com has updated its chart of the CBO Long Term Budget Outlook here.  You can download the data and also view CBO Long Term Budget Outlooks going back to 1999.

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