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Government Spending Details

Spending details break down government expenditures by function and level of government. You can also drill down to view more detail by clicking the [+] control on each function line.

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Units: By default, values are displayed in billions of dollars. By using a dropdown control in the table heading you can select millions of dollars, percent of GDP, percent of federal total, percent of overall total, dollars per capita of population, and thousand dollars per capita of population.
Fiscal Year: The default year displayed is the current US government fiscal year. But you can select any 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 year to get close, then select the year you want. You can increase or decrease the year using the “yr” text links in the table heading.
US Budget Year: By default, the table displays budgeted and estimated numbers in the current US Budget submitted to the Congress by the president. But you can look at previous budgeted numbers using this dropdown control.
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GDP: $13,857.9 billion(1)
State and Local Spending: By default, state and local spending are displayed separately. But you can select state'n local and display state and local spending combined.
US or State: By default, the table shows values for governments in the United States overall. But you can select individual states by selecting the state dropdown control in the table heading or the text link right above it.
Pie Chart: Select a pie chart you wish to display. You can create a pie chart for federal, state and local, and overall spending/revenue.

United States Federal
State and Local Government Spending
Pop: 298.4 million
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2006 in $ billion   +1yr +5yr
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[+]  Pensions 590.6 0.0 139.7 28.7 759.0
[+]  Health Care 582.6 -198.0 343.8 104.6 833.1
[+]  Education 127.6 -60.5 203.8 535.6 806.5
Charts: Click on a to display a bar of data in a row or column of this table.
Click on to display a time-series chart of data in a row.
[+] Drill-down: Click on the [+] to drill down to more detailed numbers. For federal spending line items (but not revenue) you can drill down three levels to view about 4,000 items of spending at the “agency code” level.
Defense 621.1 0.0 1.0 0.0 622.1
[+]  Welfare 249.6 -92.6 101.0 79.1 337.1
[+]  Protection 26.2 -5.2 59.6 128.5 209.0
[+]  Transportation 70.2 -46.7 98.1 107.3 228.9
[+]  General Government 34.4 -3.9 46.7 63.7 140.9
[+]  Other Spending 126.2 -23.0 90.3 278.0 471.5
[+]  Interest 226.6 0.0 38.2 47.9 312.8
[+]  Balance -0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.0 -0.0
[+]  Total Spending:  Start chart 2,655.1 -429.9 1,122.3 1,373.5 4,720.9
[+]  Federal Deficit 248.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 248.2
[+]  Gross Public Debt 8,451.4 0.0 870.0 1,334.0 10,655.4
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Pie Chart: Select a pie chart you wish to display. You can create a pie chart for federal, state and local, and overall spending/revenue.
Data Sources:
GDP: US Bureau of Economic Analysis
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
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The table shows overall government expenditures for the specified fiscal year. Spending totals are aggregated for each major government function.

  1. For the United States the table shows spending for all levels of government—federal spending, state spending, and local spending.
  2. For individual states the table shows expenditures for state and local governments only.

All federal outlays prior to 2014 and state and local finances prior to 2011 are actual. More recent spending, including future years out to 2019, are budgeted, estimated, or guesstimated.

Federal expenditure for 1962 through 2019 is based on federal subfunction data published in the president’s Budget of the United States Government. State and local expenditure—both for the United States as a whole and for individual states—for 1992 through 2011 is derived from spending, revenue, and debt numbers in the US Census Bureau’s annual survey of State and Local Government Finances.

State and local expenditure for the United States as a whole between 1971 and 1991 is obtained from Statistical Abstract of the United States. State and local expenditure for individual states between 1957 and 1991 is obtained from an MS Access database at a US Census Bureau site:

Federal expenditure between 1792 and 1961 and state and local expenditure for the United States as a whole between 1902 and 1971 is obtained from the US Census Bureau’s Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970.

You can use controls on the table to change from display of nationwide spending data to individual states. You can change the year or to drill down to view more detailed spending information. You can also view the spending data as percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Click the button at the right of each line of the table to display a bar chart of government spending. Click a button at the base of each column for a bar chart or pie chart. You can right click on the chart image to copy and paste it into your own content. Click the image to close the chart display.

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Data Sources: For a discussion of the sources of the government spending data used here read How We Got the Data for

Intergovernmental Transfers: The column labeled “Gov. Xfer” in the table represents monies paid by the federal government as grants and aid to state and local governments. These are “intergovernmental transfers.”

For a discussion read All About Intergovernmental Transfers.

Federal Spending by Agency Code: If you drill down below the federal subfunction level you can see federal spending split up into about 4,000 agency code accounts.

For a discussion read Federal Spending at the Agency Code Level

Actual vs. Budgeted: Government spending data in includes historical spending and also future spending in three categories: budgeted, estimated, and guesstimated. Records of recent spending are more detailed than historical records of earlier times.

For a table of data sources see Government Spending Data: Sources.

Government Spending Updates: The next update to federal spending will be made when the president’s budget for FY 2014 is published, probably during February 2013. The last update to federal spending was made in February 2012. The last update to state and local spending was made in December 2012.

The update schedule is published on Government Spending Update Schedule.

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Federal Revenue by State for 2013

On April 6, 2014, we updated 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 2013.  The data can be viewed on the Federal Revenue by State page here.

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