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Units: By default, values are displayed in billions of nominal 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.
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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 for years after 1991 you can select individual states by selecting the state dropdown control in the table heading or the text link right above it.
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[+]  Pensions 0.0 0.0 9.2 0.0 9.2
[+]  Health Care 0.0 0.0 15.6 0.8 16.4
[+]  Education 0.0 0.0 8.7 23.8 32.6
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Charts: Click on a to display a bar of data in a row or column of this table.
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[+] 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 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
[+]  Welfare 0.0 0.0 7.4 1.9 9.4
[+]  Protection 0.0 0.0 2.2 4.6 6.8
[+]  Transportation 0.0 0.0 5.8 1.3 7.2
[+]  General Government 0.0 0.0 1.7 1.6 3.3
[+]  Other Spending 0.0 0.0 3.5 10.7 14.1
[+]  Interest 0.0 0.0 2.2 1.3 3.4
[+]  Balance 0.0 0.0 -0.0 -0.0 0.0
[+]  Total Spending:  Start chart 0.0 0.0 56.3 46.2 102.4
[+]  Federal Deficit 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
[+]  Gross Public Debt 0.0 0.0 64.3 36.7 101.0
[+]  Other Borrowing 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
[+]  Agency/GSE Debt 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
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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.

For explanation of “Gov. Xfer” column see blog on “All About Intergovernmental Transfers.”

All federal outlays prior to 2016, state spending prior to 2015 and local spending prior to 2014 are actual. More recent spending, including future years out to 2021, are budgeted, estimated, or guesstimated.

Federal expenditure for 1962 through 2021 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: Govt_Finances.zip.

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 usgovernmentspending.com.

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 usgovernmentspending.com 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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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 1890.

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

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CBO Long Term Budget Outlook 2016

On July 12, 2016, the Congressional Budget Office released its annual Long Term Budget Outlook for 2016, which projects federal spending and revenue out into the 2040s.  As before, the CBO study shows that federal health-care programs will eat the budget, with federal spending exceeding 28 percent GDP by mid century while federal revenue stays below 20 percent GDP.

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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