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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. 
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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 add data series at same government level, this item will be shown as Remaining Spending.

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

FEDERAL Spending As Percent Of GDP
Fiscal Years 1920 to 2015
YearGDP-US
$ billion nominal
Population-US
million
Total Spending -fed
percent GDP
1920MW gdp106.0227.60i
1921MW gdp107.6267.42i
1922MW gdp109.2545.08a
1923MW gdp110.9084.31i
1924MW gdp112.5864.18i
1925MW gdp114.2903.96i
1926MW gdp116.0193.66i
1927MW gdp117.7753.66a
1928MW gdp119.5573.73i
1929MW gdp121.3663.64i
193092.2123.2034.29i
193177.4124.0715.31i
193259.5124.9457.17a
193357.2125.8258.92i
193466.8126.7128.89a
193574.3127.60510.17i
193684.9128.50410.80a
193793129.4109.47i
193887.4130.3219.67a
193993.5131.2409.90i
1940102.9132.1659.78a
1941129.4133.96610.94i
1942166135.79221.42a
1943203.1137.64340.86i
1944224.6139.51944.76a
1945228.2141.42146.83i
1946227.8143.34929.21a
1947249.9145.30316.57i
1948274.8147.28312.95a
1949272.8149.29114.73i
1950300.2151.32614.92a
1951347.3153.91714.09a
1952367.7156.55219.46a
1953389.7159.23220.53a
1954391.1161.95819.86a
1955426.2164.73117.23a
1956450.1167.55116.88a
1957474.9170.42017.22a
1958482173.33717.85a
1959522.5176.30517.90a
1960543.3179.32317.91a
1961563.3181.58818.62a
1962605.1183.88117.65a
1963638.6186.20417.43a
1964685.8188.55517.28a
1965743.7190.93715.90a
1966815193.34816.51a
1967861.7195.79018.27a
1968942.5198.26318.90a
19691019.9200.76618.01a
19701075.9203.30218.18a
19711167.8205.51518.00a
19721282.4207.75217.99a
19731428.5210.01317.20a
19741548.8212.29917.39a
19751688.9214.60919.68a
19761877.6216.94519.80a
19772086219.30719.62a
19782356.6221.69419.47a
19792632.1224.10719.15a
19802862.5226.54620.64a
19813210.9228.67021.12a
19823345230.81522.29a
19833638.1232.97922.22a
19844040.7235.16421.08a
19854346.7237.36921.77a
19864590.1239.59521.58a
19874870.2241.84220.62a
19885252.6244.11020.26a
19895657.7246.39920.22a
19905979.6248.71020.95a
19916174251.80221.45a
19926539.3254.93321.13a
19936878.7258.10320.49a
19947308.7261.31220.00a
19957664264.56119.78a
19968100.2267.85019.26a
19978608.5271.18018.60a
19989089.1274.55218.18a
19999665.7277.96617.61a
200010289.7281.42217.39a
200110625.3284.18417.53a
200210980.2286.97418.31a
200311512.2289.79018.76a
200412277292.63518.68a
200513095.4295.50718.88a
200613857.9298.14519.16a
200714480.3300.80718.84a
200814720.3303.49220.26a
200914417.9306.20224.40a
201014958.3308.93623.11a
201115533.8311.57623.19a
201216244.6314.23921.77a
201316797.5316.92520.57a
201417332.3319.63420.22a
201518219.4322.36621.41b

Legend:
i - interpolated between actual reported values
a - actual reported
g - 'guesstimated' projection by usgovernmentspending.com
e - estimated by usgovernmentspending.com
b - budgeted estimate in US FY16 budget

Data Sources for 1920:
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 2015:
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 1920_2015:

Sources for 1920:

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 2015:

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.

State and Local Finances Update for FY 2012

On December 11, 2014 usgovernmentspending.com updated the state and local spending and revenue for FY 2012 using the newly released Census Bureau State and Local Government Finances for FY 2012.  This includes state and local spending for the United States as a whole and individual states and the District of Columbia.

State and local spending and revenue for FY2012 are now actual historical spending as reported by the Census Bureau.  Previously state spending and revenue for FY2012 was actual and local spending and revenue was estimated.  The following table shows the difference between estimated and actual spending and revenue for FY2012:

FY 2012Estimated
$ billion
Actual
$ billion
Spending$1,657$1,647
Revenue$1,038$1,075

We have updated the "guesstimated" state and local finances for FY2013-19.

Also updated were state and local finances for 2009, 2010, and 2011 using newly released Census Bureau revised data.

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