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Hover mouse over dropdown controls for help. Remember, you can display a maximum of five data series at once.

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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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Download Tab-delimited Data

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.

Various Items
Fiscal Years 1900 to 2016
YearGDP-US
$ billion nominal
Population-US
million
Monetized debt -fed
percent GDP
Debt held by government -fed
percent GDP
Debt held by public (except monetized) -fed
percent GDP
1900MW gdp76.2120.000.0010.29a
1901MW gdp77.6800.000.009.53a
1902MW gdp79.1760.000.008.89a
1903MW gdp80.7010.000.008.41a
1904MW gdp82.2550.000.008.73a
1905MW gdp83.8390.000.007.83a
1906MW gdp85.4530.000.007.46a
1907MW gdp87.0990.000.007.19a
1908MW gdp88.7760.000.008.63a
1909MW gdp90.4860.000.008.11a
1910MW gdp92.2290.000.007.86a
1911MW gdp93.5230.000.007.98a
1912MW gdp94.8360.000.007.60a
1913MW gdp96.1670.000.007.38a
1914MW gdp97.5160.000.007.91a
1915MW gdp98.8850.000.007.83a
1916MW gdp100.2730.000.007.20a
1917MW gdp101.6800.000.009.49a
1918MW gdp103.1070.000.0019.06a
1919MW gdp104.5540.000.0034.63a
1920MW gdp106.0220.000.0029.08a
1921MW gdp107.6260.000.0032.26a
1922MW gdp109.2540.000.0030.97a
1923MW gdp110.9080.000.0025.92a
1924MW gdp112.5860.000.0024.21a
1925MW gdp114.2900.000.0022.43a
1926MW gdp116.0190.000.0020.07a
1927MW gdp117.7750.000.0019.19a
1928MW gdp119.5570.000.0017.91a
1929MW gdp121.3660.000.0016.19a
193092.2123.2030.000.0017.55a
193177.4124.0710.000.0021.71a
193259.5124.9450.000.0032.75a
193357.2125.8250.000.0039.40a
193466.8126.7120.000.0040.50a
193574.3127.6050.000.0038.63a
193684.9128.5040.000.0039.79a
193793129.4100.000.0039.17a
193887.4130.3210.000.0042.52a
193993.5131.2400.000.0043.25a
1940102.9132.1652.39a7.70a39.18a
1941129.4133.9661.68a7.19a35.58a
1942166135.7921.59a6.90a39.22a
1943203.1137.6433.52a7.33a59.39a
1944224.6139.5196.63a8.59a75.64a
1945228.2141.4219.55a10.93a93.51a
1946227.8143.34910.44a12.79a95.73a
1947249.9145.3038.75a13.13a81.02a
1948274.8147.2837.78a13.01a70.93a
1949272.8149.2917.09a14.04a71.47a
1950300.2151.3266.11a12.60a66.85a
1951347.3153.9176.62a11.79a55.09a
1952367.7156.5526.23a12.06a52.18a
1953389.7159.2326.35a12.21a49.69a
1954391.1161.9586.40a11.84a51.00a
1955426.2164.7315.54a11.20a47.63a
1956450.1167.5515.28a11.23a44.08a
1957474.9170.4204.85a11.15a41.33a
1958482173.3375.28a11.06a41.68a
1959522.5176.3054.98a10.10a39.93a
1960543.3179.3234.88a9.88a38.71a
1961563.3181.5884.84a9.64a37.48a
1962605.1183.8814.90a9.08a36.08a
1963638.6186.2045.02a8.82a34.76a
1964685.8188.5555.07a8.63a32.38a
1965743.7190.9375.26a8.27a29.81a
1966815193.3485.17a7.95a27.18a
1967861.7195.7905.42a8.57a25.52a
1968942.5198.2635.54a8.40a25.18a
19691019.9200.7665.30a8.60a21.96a
19701075.9203.3025.36a9.08a20.96a
19711167.8205.5155.61a9.00a20.34a
19721282.4207.7525.57a8.86a19.57a
19731428.5210.0135.26a8.78a18.60a
19741548.8212.2995.21a9.05a16.98a
19751688.9214.6095.03a8.72a18.34a
19761877.6216.9455.04a8.07a20.38a
19772086219.3075.03a7.54a21.29a
19782356.6221.6944.90a7.19a20.86a
19792632.1224.1074.39a7.19a19.94a
19802862.5226.5464.22a6.89a20.65a
19813210.9228.6703.88a6.40a20.71a
19823345230.8154.02a6.36a23.62a
19833638.1232.9794.27a6.44a26.98a
19844040.7235.1643.84a6.38a28.51a
19854346.7237.3693.91a7.14a30.77a
19864590.1239.5954.16a8.28a33.76a
19874870.2241.8424.35a9.37a34.45a
19885252.6244.1104.36a10.46a34.70a
19895657.7246.3993.89a11.97a34.83a
19905979.6248.7103.92a13.29a36.41a
19916174251.8024.19a14.73a39.37a
19926539.3254.9334.53a15.32a41.34a
19936878.7258.1034.73a16.03a42.49a
19947308.7261.3124.86a16.56a42.11a
19957664264.5614.88a17.17a42.15a
19968100.2267.8504.83a17.87a41.27a
19978608.5271.1804.93a18.55a38.89a
19989089.1274.5525.04a19.33a35.90a
19999665.7277.9665.14a20.41a32.44a
200010289.7282.1624.97a21.56a28.17a
200110625.3284.9695.03a23.06a26.22a
200210980.2287.6255.50a24.21a26.74a
200311512.2290.1085.70a24.73a28.29a
200412277292.8055.70a24.92a29.28a
200513095.4295.5175.62a25.30a29.44a
200613857.9298.3805.55a26.14a29.30a
200714480.3301.2315.38a27.04a29.39a
200814720.3304.0943.34a28.42a36.09a
200914417.9306.7725.33a30.04a46.99a
201014958.3309.3505.43a30.15a54.87a
201115533.8311.58310.72a29.84a54.48a
201216244.6313.87410.13a29.36a59.32a
201316797.5316.12912.34a28.20a59.00a
201417332.3318.40011.96e28.79b62.49e
201518219.4321.36311.37e28.11b63.23e
201619180.6323.84910.80e27.40b63.52e

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 1900:
GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: Hist. Stats of US, Colonial Times to 1970 and 1789 - 1945

Data Sources for 2016:
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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Data Sources for 1900_2016:

Sources for 1900:

GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: Hist. Stats of US, Colonial Times to 1970 and 1789 - 1945

Sources for 2016:

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.

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.

Usgovernmentspending.com 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.)

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 2013 GSP growth rates.

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