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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.

Deficits In Inflation-adjusted Dollars
Fiscal Years 1929 to 2010
YearGDP-US
$ billion 2009
Population-US
million
Federal Deficit -fed
$ billion 2009
1929MW gdp121.366-4.81i
1930965.8123.203-9.16i
1931904.1124.0711.51i
1932787.5124.94521.60a
1933777.6125.82525.06i
1934861.4126.71226.50a
1935938.2127.60538.16i
19361059.6128.50449.78a
19371113.6129.41031.20i
19381076.7130.32115.07a
19391162.6131.24026.63i
19401265132.16543.19a
19411488.9133.96662.69i
19421770.3135.792223.05a
19432072137.643601.70i
19442237.5139.519565.58a
19452215.9141.421599.30i
19461959143.349234.24a
19471937.6145.30322.40i
19482018147.283-43.83a
19492007149.2915.75i
19502181.9151.32638.94a
19512357.7153.917-18.20a
19522453.7156.55236.04a
19532568.9159.23268.44a
19542554.4161.95852.19a
19552736.4164.73151.30a
19562794.7167.5518.72a
19572853.5170.42010.77a
19582832.6173.33737.72a
19593028.1176.30582.77a
19603105.8179.32327.39a
19613185.1181.58859.23a
19623379.9183.88139.91a
19633527.1186.20426.27a
19643730.5188.55532.18a
19653972.9190.9377.54a
19664234.9193.34819.21a
19674351.2195.79043.64a
19684564.7198.263121.86a
19694707.9200.766-14.97a
19704717.7203.30212.46a
19714873205.51596.11a
19725128.8207.75293.47a
19735418.2210.01356.54a
19745390.2212.29921.35a
19755379.5214.609169.59a
19765669.3216.945222.63a
19775930.6219.307152.56a
19786260.4221.694157.23a
19796459.2224.10799.94a
19806443.4226.546166.19a
19816610.6228.670162.58a
19826484.3230.815248.08a
19836784.7232.979387.53a
19847277.2235.164333.84a
19857585.7237.369370.51a
19867852.1239.595378.44a
19878123.9241.842249.77a
19888465.4244.110250.10a
19898777246.399236.79a
19908945.4248.710330.66a
19918938.9251.802389.81a
19929256.7254.933410.96a
19939510.8258.103352.64a
19949894.7261.312275.07a
199510163.7264.561217.42a
199610549.5267.850139.91a
199711022.9271.18028.03a
199811513.4274.552-87.75a
199912071.4277.966-156.87a
200012565.2281.422-288.48a
200112684.4284.184-153.08a
200212909.7286.974185.47a
200313270289.790435.24a
200413774292.635463.06a
200514235.6295.507346.07a
200614615.2298.145261.74a
200714876.8300.807165.11a
200814833.6303.492462.08a
200914417.9306.2021412.69a
201013038.7308.9361398.02b

Legend:
i - interpolated between actual reported values
a - actual reported
b - budgeted estimate in US FY11 budget

Data Sources for 1929:
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 1929_2010:

Sources for 1929:

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.

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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