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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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Click button to download CSV file of dataset in chart.
 

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 1903 to 2010
YearGDP-US
$ billion nominal
Population-US
million
Welfare -total
percent GDP
Gross Public Debt -total
percent GDP
1903MW gdp80.7010.16i17.02i
1904MW gdp82.2550.17i18.02i
1905MW gdp83.8390.15i16.69i
1906MW gdp85.4530.15i16.25i
1907MW gdp87.0990.14i15.81i
1908MW gdp88.7760.16i18.99i
1909MW gdp90.4860.15i18.47i
1910MW gdp92.2290.15i18.55i
1911MW gdp93.5230.16i19.10i
1912MW gdp94.8360.15i18.53i
1913MW gdp96.1670.14a18.55a
1914MW gdp97.5160.17i21.04i
1915MW gdp98.8850.17i21.41i
1916MW gdp100.2730.15i18.80i
1917MW gdp101.6800.14i20.06i
1918MW gdp103.1070.12i28.18i
1919MW gdp104.5540.12i44.32i
1920MW gdp106.0220.12i38.50i
1921MW gdp107.6260.16i44.67i
1922MW gdp109.2540.23a44.61a
1923MW gdp110.9080.21i38.58i
1924MW gdp112.5860.22i37.64i
1925MW gdp114.2900.22i36.37i
1926MW gdp116.0190.22i34.13i
1927MW gdp117.7750.23a34.62a
1928MW gdp119.5570.25i33.83i
1929MW gdp121.3660.28i31.94i
193092.2123.2030.37i36.36i
193177.4124.0710.52i45.28i
193259.5124.9450.82a65.03a
193357.2125.8251.32i72.74i
193466.8126.7121.53a68.84a
193574.3127.6051.43i64.47i
193684.9128.5041.31a62.72a
193793129.4101.46i60.09i
193887.4130.3211.83a64.77a
193993.5131.2402.00i64.49i
1940102.9132.1652.08a68.98a
1941129.4133.9661.74i59.77i
1942166135.7921.42a59.36a
1943203.1137.6431.05i79.30i
1944224.6139.5190.84a98.65a
1945228.2141.4211.01i121.33i
1946227.8143.3491.20a125.99a
1947249.9145.3031.22i109.84i
1948274.8147.2831.22a98.50a
1949272.8149.2911.66i100.44i
1950300.2151.3261.90a93.59a
1951347.3153.9171.59i81.31i
1952367.7156.5521.34a78.65a
1953389.7159.2321.27a76.92a
1954391.1161.9582.00a79.20a
1955426.2164.7311.42a74.76a
1956450.1167.5511.20a71.44a
1957474.9170.4201.28a68.50a
1958482173.3371.66a70.09a
1959522.5176.3051.71a67.29a
1960543.3179.3231.59a66.35a
1961563.3181.5881.82a65.27a
1962605.1183.8812.29i63.42a
1963638.6186.2042.18i61.91a
1964685.8188.5551.98i59.53a
1965743.7190.9371.83i56.72a
1966815193.3481.60i53.44a
1967861.7195.7901.63i52.70a
1968942.5198.2631.68i51.97a
19691019.9200.7661.78i48.96a
19701075.9203.3022.08i48.75a
19711167.8205.5152.77i48.57a
19721282.4207.7522.82i47.56a
19731428.5210.0132.55i45.80a
19741548.8212.2992.76i44.54a
19751688.9214.6093.94i45.11a
19761877.6216.9454.37i46.33a
19772086219.3073.70i46.28a
19782356.6221.6943.13i44.88a
19792632.1224.1072.88i43.06a
19802862.5226.5463.51i43.49a
19813210.9228.6703.67i42.32a
19823345230.8153.78i46.08a
19833638.1232.9794.00i50.18a
19844040.7235.1643.20i51.22a
19854346.7237.3693.42i54.90a
19864590.1239.5953.04i60.55a
19874870.2241.8422.98i62.93a
19885252.6244.1102.89i63.89a
19895657.7246.3992.75i64.81i
19905979.6248.7102.92i68.00a
19916174251.8023.39i73.12a
19926539.3254.9333.37a76.12a
19936878.7258.1033.39a78.05a
19947308.7261.3123.14a78.24a
19957664264.5613.13a78.76a
19968100.2267.8502.96a78.41a
19978608.5271.1802.76a76.56a
19989089.1274.5522.50a74.39a
19999665.7277.9662.38a72.16a
200010289.7281.4222.37a68.81a
200110625.3284.1842.46i68.90i
200210980.2286.9742.96a71.76a
200311512.2289.7903.11i74.52i
200412277292.6352.85a76.01a
200513095.4295.5072.66a76.29a
200613857.9298.1452.55a76.89a
200714480.3300.8072.48a78.42a
200814720.3303.4922.94a85.26a
200914417.9306.2023.88a101.26a
201014958.3308.9365.17b99.45e

Legend:
i - interpolated between actual reported values
a - actual reported
b - budgeted estimate in US FY11 budget
e - estimated by usgovernmentspending.com

Data Sources for 1903:
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 2010:
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 1903_2010:

Sources for 1903:

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 2010:

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.

Federal Deficit Announced for FY14

On October 13, 2014, the US Treasury reported in its Monthly Treasury Statement for September that the federal deficit for FY14 ending September 30 was $483 billion. Here are the numbers, including total receipts, total outlays, and deficit compared with the numbers projected in the FY 15 federal budget published in February 2014:

Federal Finances
FY14 Outcomes
Budget
billions
Outcome
billions
Receipts $3,002$3,021
Outlays$3,651$3,504
Deficit$649$483

usfederalbudget.us now shows the new numbers for total FY14 outlays and receipts on its Estimate vs. Actual page.

The Monthly Treasury Statement includes "Table 9. Summary of Receipts by Source, and Outlays by Function of the U.S. Government, September 2014 and Other Periods".   This table of outlays by function makes it possible for usgovernmentspending.com to estimate outlays by "subfunction" for FY2014 by factoring budgeted amounts by the difference between budgeted and actual "function" amounts where actual outlays by subfunction cannot be gleaned from the Monthly Treasury Statement.

Final detailed FY2014 numbers will not appear until the FY2016 federal budget is published in February 2015

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