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Government Spending Chart

Create and customize charts of government spending.

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Use the controls below to CUSTOMIZE chart or CHANGE the data series

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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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.

Federal Deficit
Fiscal Years 1900 to 2016
YearGDP-US
$ billion nominal
Population-US
million
Federal Deficit -fed
$ billion nominal
1900MW gdp76.212-0.04a
1901MW gdp77.680-0.06a
1902MW gdp79.176-0.08a
1903MW gdp80.701-0.06i
1904MW gdp82.255-0.02i
1905MW gdp83.8390.00i
1906MW gdp85.453-0.04i
1907MW gdp87.099-0.10i
1908MW gdp88.7760.00i
1909MW gdp90.4860.03i
1910MW gdp92.229-0.03i
1911MW gdp93.523-0.04i
1912MW gdp94.8360.00i
1913MW gdp96.1670.01a
1914MW gdp97.5160.07i
1915MW gdp98.8850.22i
1916MW gdp100.2730.16i
1917MW gdp101.6801.09i
1918MW gdp103.1079.00i
1919MW gdp104.55413.16i
1920MW gdp106.022-0.59i
1921MW gdp107.626-0.67i
1922MW gdp109.254-0.50a
1923MW gdp110.908-0.56i
1924MW gdp112.586-0.63i
1925MW gdp114.290-0.43i
1926MW gdp116.019-0.65i
1927MW gdp117.775-0.94a
1928MW gdp119.557-0.66i
1929MW gdp121.366-0.48i
193092.2123.203-0.87i
193177.4124.0710.13i
193259.5124.9451.63a
193357.2125.8251.84i
193466.8126.7122.06a
193574.3127.6053.02i
193684.9128.5043.99a
193793129.4102.61i
193887.4130.3211.22a
193993.5131.2402.14i
1940102.9132.1653.51a
1941129.4133.9665.45i
1942166135.79220.92a
1943203.1137.64358.98i
1944224.6139.51956.77a
1945228.2141.42161.72i
1946227.8143.34927.24a
1947249.9145.3032.89i
1948274.8147.283-5.97a
1949272.8149.2910.78i
1950300.2151.3265.36a
1951347.3153.917-2.68a
1952367.7156.5525.40a
1953389.7159.23210.38a
1954391.1161.9587.99a
1955426.2164.7317.99a
1956450.1167.5511.40a
1957474.9170.4201.79a
1958482173.3376.42a
1959522.5176.30514.28a
1960543.3179.3234.79a
1961563.3181.58810.48a
1962605.1183.8817.15a
1963638.6186.2044.76a
1964685.8188.5555.92a
1965743.7190.9371.41a
1966815193.3483.70a
1967861.7195.7908.64a
1968942.5198.26325.16a
19691019.9200.766-3.24a
19701075.9203.3022.84a
19711167.8205.51523.03a
19721282.4207.75223.37a
19731428.5210.01314.91a
19741548.8212.2996.13a
19751688.9214.60953.24a
19761877.6216.94573.73a
19772086219.30753.66a
19782356.6221.69459.19a
19792632.1224.10740.73a
19802862.5226.54673.83a
19813211228.67078.97a
19823345230.815127.98a
19833638.1232.979207.80a
19844040.7235.164185.37a
19854346.7237.369212.31a
19864590.2239.595221.23a
19874870.2241.842149.73a
19885252.6244.110155.18a
19895657.7246.399152.64a
19905979.6248.710221.03a
19916174251.802269.24a
19926539.3254.933290.32a
19936878.7258.103255.06a
19947308.8261.312203.18a
19957664.1264.561163.95a
19968100.2267.850107.43a
19978608.5271.18021.89a
19989089.2274.552-69.27a
19999660.6277.966-125.61a
200010284.8281.422-236.24a
200110621.8284.184-128.23a
200210977.5286.974157.75a
200311510.7289.790377.59a
200412274.9292.635412.73a
200513093.7295.507318.35a
200613855.9298.145248.18a
200714477.6300.807160.71a
200814718.6303.492458.55a
200914418.7306.2021412.69a
201014964.4309.3481294.37a
201115517.9311.6631645.12b
201216155.3313.9981101.24b
201316663.2316.205767.54b
201417348.1318.563644.55b
201517947320.897606.73b
201618472323.128648.71b

Legend:
a - actual reported
i - interpolated between actual reported values
b - budgeted estimate in US FY12 budget

Data Sources for 1900:
GDP: Samuel H. Williamson, "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?" MeasuringWorth, 2015.
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: 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.

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: Samuel H. Williamson, "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?" MeasuringWorth, 2015.
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: 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.

FY18 Budget Blueprint Released

On March 16, 2018 the Trump administration issued a Budget Blueprint outlining proposed changes to "discretionary" spending for Fiscal Year 2018. The following table shows the major changes to Budget Authority in excess of $2 billion per agency.

AgencyFY18 Change
in $ billion
Agriculture-4.7
Defense+52.4
Education-9.2
Health and
Human Services
-12.6
Homeland
Security
+2.8
HUD-6.2
Justice-4.0
Labor-2.5
State and Intl Aid-10.9
Veterans+4.4
EPA-2.6

Because usgovernmentspending spending data is based on Historical Table 3.2, it shows spending by function rather than by agency. Until Table 3.2 is published in the final version of the FY18 budget we cannot exactly predict how the Table 3.2 numbers will change at the subfunction level.

But we have applied the Budget Blueprint budget authority changes into the budgeted FY18 outlays by guessing the application of agency level changes to subfunction changes to give a rough feeling of what the Trump changes look like. You can check out what is going on here or here.

The numbers will change when the final FY18 federal budget numbers come out.

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