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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 6)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 all data series set for same gov. level, this item will show 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 2009) 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.

Download Data

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Download Data File

 

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.

View Data Series

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

Various Items
Fiscal Years 1960 to 2010
YearGDP-US
$ billion 2009
Population-US
million
Total Spending -total
$ billion 2009
Education -fed
$ billion 2009
Education -xfer
$ billion 2009
Education -state
$ billion 2009
Education -local
$ billion 2009
19603108.7179.323865.65a9.36a-5.44a19.43a87.68a
19613188.1181.588932.86a9.73a-6.11a21.46a94.98a
19623383.1183.881947.66i9.72a-6.54a23.87a100.34a
19633530.4186.204980.47i11.01a-6.16a26.08a105.10a
19643734188.5551029.63i12.64a-7.46a29.76a113.37a
19653976.7190.9371036.74i15.66a-8.97a33.06a119.68a
19664238.9193.3481124.60i27.15a-15.68a39.39a133.75a
19674355.2195.7901253.80i37.15a-19.81a47.43a144.22a
19684569198.2631343.73i41.52a-22.92a53.12a146.40a
19694712.5200.7661368.09i39.21a-22.06a57.08a161.41a
19704722203.3021412.54i42.05a-25.65a60.48a170.89a
19714877.6205.5151481.87i45.35a-28.41a66.44a181.71a
19725134.3207.7521554.43i54.08a-28.20a69.39a190.39a
19735424.1210.0131560.91i52.04a-28.75a71.48a193.23a
19745396212.2991579.05i46.94a-27.41a71.30a192.90a
19755385.4214.6091755.49i54.40a-28.95a75.50a204.66a
19765675.4216.9451874.95i60.29a-29.84a80.03a213.82a
19775937219.3071901.68i63.13a-29.45a79.51a213.02a
19786267.2221.6941953.26i74.11a-30.44a80.88a213.68a
19796466.2224.1071981.48i77.42a-30.22a79.10a214.34a
19806450.4226.5462118.75i74.85a-32.53a80.84a219.34a
19816617.7228.6702211.65i71.35a-32.63a82.92a217.53a
19826491.3230.8152288.79i54.76a-28.13a83.45a215.95a
19836792232.9792396.33i51.97a-27.29a84.21a221.73a
19847285235.1642440.80i51.85a-27.68a88.06a229.44a
19857593.8237.3692614.06i53.47a-29.28a93.76a242.87a
19867860.5239.5952727.46i54.76a-30.89a99.77a261.25a
19878132.6241.8422775.36i52.04a-30.69a102.94a275.55a
19888474.5244.1102857.84i53.78a-31.47a103.43a288.11a
19898786.4246.3992957.74i58.94a-33.19i108.41i303.79i
19908955248.7103119.57i59.88a-34.79a113.06a318.47a
19918948.4251.8023223.98i64.30a-36.52a116.63a332.19a
19929266.6254.9333331.00a65.59a-30.84a122.81a343.75a
19939521258.1033357.94a70.99a-31.84a125.46a354.76a
19949905.4261.3123404.39a63.84a-33.82a128.98a356.54a
199510174.8264.5613502.96a73.18a-34.44a135.14a374.07a
199610561267.8503554.69a68.19a-33.49a139.31a388.18a
199711034.9271.1803619.78a68.01a-33.30a143.47a401.76a
199811525.9274.5523718.17a70.78a-34.52a150.75a428.69a
199912065.9277.9663816.96a70.25a-35.62a158.00a454.13a
200012559.7281.4223963.97a73.19a-38.77a169.33a476.39a
200112682.2284.1844102.82i75.95a-41.62a182.50a495.88i
200212908.8286.9744357.11a91.52a-45.46a191.01a518.03a
200313271.1289.7904534.01i104.38a-52.26a197.26a532.55i
200413773.5292.6354653.68a108.13a-54.46a203.29a542.30a
200514234.2295.5074791.56a115.64a-57.48a207.76a551.15a
200614613.8298.1454974.71a134.55a-57.62a214.95a564.87a
200714873.7300.8075083.06a103.56a-55.18a219.82a586.60a
200814830.4303.4925344.98b105.09b-54.77a234.31a609.64a
200914418.7306.2025558.35b99.92b-68.76a243.79a619.03a
201014783.8309.3485526.27b100.63b-89.83a251.14a609.46a

Legend:
a - actual reported
i - interpolated between actual reported values
b - budgeted estimate in US FY09 budget

Data Sources for 1960:
GDP, GO: 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: 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 1820.

State and local spending data for individual states begins in 1957.

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Data Sources for 1960_2010:

Sources for 1960:

GDP, GO: 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: 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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Federal Revenue by State for 2015

On April 7, 2017, we updated usgovernmentspending.com with the numbers from "SOI Tax Stats - Gross Collections, by Type of Tax and State, Fiscal Year - IRS Data Book Table 5" of the IRS Data Book for 2015.  The data can be viewed on the Federal Revenue by State page here.

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