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

US Gross Domestic Product GDP History
Fiscal Years 1792 to 2012
YearGDP-US
$ billion nominal
Population-US
million
-
$ billion nominal
1792MW gdp4.1730.00
1793MW gdp4.3000.00
1794MW gdp4.4320.00
1795MW gdp4.5670.00
1796MW gdp4.7070.00
1797MW gdp4.8500.00
1798MW gdp4.9980.00
1799MW gdp5.1510.00
1800MW gdp5.3080.00
1801MW gdp5.4760.00
1802MW gdp5.6480.00
1803MW gdp5.8260.00
1804MW gdp6.0100.00
1805MW gdp6.1990.00
1806MW gdp6.3950.00
1807MW gdp6.5960.00
1808MW gdp6.8040.00
1809MW gdp7.0190.00
1810MW gdp7.2400.00
1811MW gdp7.4500.00
1812MW gdp7.6660.00
1813MW gdp7.8890.00
1814MW gdp8.1180.00
1815MW gdp8.3540.00
1816MW gdp8.5960.00
1817MW gdp8.8460.00
1818MW gdp9.1020.00
1819MW gdp9.3670.00
1820MW gdp9.6380.00
1821MW gdp9.9210.00
1822MW gdp10.2120.00
1823MW gdp10.5110.00
1824MW gdp10.8190.00
1825MW gdp11.1360.00
1826MW gdp11.4620.00
1827MW gdp11.7980.00
1828MW gdp12.1440.00
1829MW gdp12.5000.00
1830MW gdp12.8660.00
1831MW gdp13.2350.00
1832MW gdp13.6140.00
1833MW gdp14.0050.00
1834MW gdp14.4060.00
1835MW gdp14.8190.00
1836MW gdp15.2440.00
1837MW gdp15.6820.00
1838MW gdp16.1310.00
1839MW gdp16.5940.00
1840MW gdp17.0700.00
1841MW gdp17.6010.00
1842MW gdp18.1490.00
1843MW gdp18.7140.00
1844MW gdp19.2960.00
1845MW gdp19.8970.00
1846MW gdp20.5160.00
1847MW gdp21.1540.00
1848MW gdp21.8130.00
1849MW gdp22.4920.00
1850MW gdp23.1920.00
1851MW gdp23.9090.00
1852MW gdp24.6480.00
1853MW gdp25.4090.00
1854MW gdp26.1950.00
1855MW gdp27.0040.00
1856MW gdp27.8390.00
1857MW gdp28.6990.00
1858MW gdp29.5860.00
1859MW gdp30.5010.00
1860MW gdp31.4430.00
1861MW gdp32.0910.00
1862MW gdp32.7530.00
1863MW gdp33.4280.00
1864MW gdp34.1170.00
1865MW gdp34.8200.00
1866MW gdp35.5370.00
1867MW gdp36.2700.00
1868MW gdp37.0170.00
1869MW gdp37.7800.00
1870MW gdp38.5580.00
1871MW gdp39.5880.00
1872MW gdp40.6460.00
1873MW gdp41.7320.00
1874MW gdp42.8470.00
1875MW gdp43.9910.00
1876MW gdp45.1660.00
1877MW gdp46.3730.00
1878MW gdp47.6120.00
1879MW gdp48.8830.00
1880MW gdp50.1890.00
1881MW gdp51.3420.00
1882MW gdp52.5210.00
1883MW gdp53.7260.00
1884MW gdp54.9600.00
1885MW gdp56.2220.00
1886MW gdp57.5130.00
1887MW gdp58.8330.00
1888MW gdp60.1840.00
1889MW gdp61.5660.00
1890MW gdp62.9800.00
1891MW gdp64.1920.00
1892MW gdp65.4280.00
1893MW gdp66.6880.00
1894MW gdp67.9720.00
1895MW gdp69.2810.00
1896MW gdp70.6150.00
1897MW gdp71.9740.00
1898MW gdp73.3600.00
1899MW gdp74.7730.00
1900MW gdp76.2120.00
1901MW gdp77.6800.00
1902MW gdp79.1760.00
1903MW gdp80.7010.00
1904MW gdp82.2550.00
1905MW gdp83.8390.00
1906MW gdp85.4530.00
1907MW gdp87.0990.00
1908MW gdp88.7760.00
1909MW gdp90.4860.00
1910MW gdp92.2290.00
1911MW gdp93.5230.00
1912MW gdp94.8360.00
1913MW gdp96.1670.00
1914MW gdp97.5160.00
1915MW gdp98.8850.00
1916MW gdp100.2730.00
1917MW gdp101.6800.00
1918MW gdp103.1070.00
1919MW gdp104.5540.00
1920MW gdp106.0220.00
1921MW gdp107.6260.00
1922MW gdp109.2540.00
1923MW gdp110.9080.00
1924MW gdp112.5860.00
1925MW gdp114.2900.00
1926MW gdp116.0190.00
1927MW gdp117.7750.00
1928MW gdp119.5570.00
1929MW gdp121.3660.00
193092.2123.2030.00
193177.4124.0710.00
193259.5124.9450.00
193357.2125.8250.00
193466.8126.7120.00
193574.3127.6050.00
193684.9128.5040.00
193793129.4100.00
193887.4130.3210.00
193993.5131.2400.00
1940102.9132.1650.00
1941129.4133.9660.00
1942166135.7920.00
1943203.1137.6430.00
1944224.6139.5190.00
1945228.2141.4210.00
1946227.8143.3490.00
1947249.9145.3030.00
1948274.8147.2830.00
1949272.8149.2910.00
1950300.2151.3260.00
1951347.3153.9170.00
1952367.7156.5520.00
1953389.7159.2320.00
1954391.1161.9580.00
1955426.2164.7310.00
1956450.1167.5510.00
1957474.9170.4200.00
1958482173.3370.00
1959522.5176.3050.00
1960543.3179.3230.00
1961563.3181.5880.00
1962605.1183.8810.00
1963638.6186.2040.00
1964685.8188.5550.00
1965743.7190.9370.00
1966815193.3480.00
1967861.7195.7900.00
1968942.5198.2630.00
19691019.9200.7660.00
19701075.9203.3020.00
19711167.8205.5150.00
19721282.4207.7520.00
19731428.5210.0130.00
19741548.8212.2990.00
19751688.9214.6090.00
19761877.6216.9450.00
19772086219.3070.00
19782356.6221.6940.00
19792632.1224.1070.00
19802862.5226.5460.00
19813210.9228.6700.00
19823345230.8150.00
19833638.1232.9790.00
19844040.7235.1640.00
19854346.7237.3690.00
19864590.1239.5950.00
19874870.2241.8420.00
19885252.6244.1100.00
19895657.7246.3990.00
19905979.6248.7100.00
19916174251.8020.00
19926539.3254.9330.00
19936878.7258.1030.00
19947308.7261.3120.00
19957664264.5610.00
19968100.2267.8500.00
19978608.5271.1800.00
19989089.1274.5520.00
19999665.7277.9660.00
200010289.7281.4220.00
200110625.3284.1840.00
200210980.2286.9740.00
200311512.2289.7900.00
200412277292.6350.00
200513095.4295.5070.00
200613857.9298.1450.00
200714480.3300.8070.00
200814720.3303.4920.00
200914417.9306.2020.00
201014958.3308.9360.00
201115533.8311.5760.00
201216244.6314.2390.00

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Data Sources for 1792:
GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: not available

Data Sources for 2012:
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 1792_2012:

Sources for 1792:

GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: not available

Sources for 2012:

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.

State FY14 Tax Update

On September 27, 2014 usgovernmentspending.com updated FY2014 state revenue with quarterly tax data from the US Census Bureau.  Local tax data was updated by assuming that local taxes for 2014 changed by the same percent as state taxes of the same type.

The following table shows "guesstimated" US state and local total revenue before and after the change.

Revenue
$ billion
FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
Before2,6682,7162,809-
After2,4152,5892,6752,714

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