Most government outlays are spent in just a few functional areas: pensions, health care, education, defense, and welfare.
|Government Pensions||$3,818 / person|
|Government Health Care||+ $4,201 / person|
|Government Education||+ $3,123 / person|
|National Defense||+ $2,616 / person|
|Government Welfare||+ $1,567 / person|
|All Other Spending||+ $5,116 / person|
|Total Government Spending||$20,486 / person|
|Federal Deficit||+ $1,754 / person|
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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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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