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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 add data series at same government level, this item will be shown 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 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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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.

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

Total Spending
Fiscal Years 1792 to 2018
YearGDP-US
$ billion nominal
Population-US
million
Total Spending -fed
percent GDP
1792MW gdp4.1732.28a
1793MW gdp4.3001.81a
1794MW gdp4.4322.25a
1795MW gdp4.5672.00a
1796MW gdp4.7071.41a
1797MW gdp4.8501.54a
1798MW gdp4.9981.90a
1799MW gdp5.1512.23a
1800MW gdp5.3082.29a
1801MW gdp5.4761.88a
1802MW gdp5.6481.81a
1803MW gdp5.8261.68a
1804MW gdp6.0101.70a
1805MW gdp6.1991.94a
1806MW gdp6.3951.66a
1807MW gdp6.5961.50a
1808MW gdp6.8041.61a
1809MW gdp7.0191.57a
1810MW gdp7.2401.23a
1811MW gdp7.4501.12a
1812MW gdp7.6662.65a
1813MW gdp7.8893.33a
1814MW gdp8.1183.29a
1815MW gdp8.3543.62a
1816MW gdp8.5963.83a
1817MW gdp8.8462.96a
1818MW gdp9.1022.83a
1819MW gdp9.3673.11a
1820MW gdp9.6382.74a
1821MW gdp9.9212.31a
1822MW gdp10.2122.01a
1823MW gdp10.5112.09a
1824MW gdp10.8192.85a
1825MW gdp11.1362.08a
1826MW gdp11.4622.13a
1827MW gdp11.7981.92a
1828MW gdp12.1442.02a
1829MW gdp12.5001.83a
1830MW gdp12.8661.67a
1831MW gdp13.2351.63a
1832MW gdp13.6141.73a
1833MW gdp14.0052.24a
1834MW gdp14.4061.77a
1835MW gdp14.8191.52a
1836MW gdp15.2442.28a
1837MW gdp15.6822.67a
1838MW gdp16.1312.40a
1839MW gdp16.5941.90a
1840MW gdp17.0701.84a
1841MW gdp17.6011.88a
1842MW gdp18.1491.84a
1843MW gdp18.7141.04a
1844MW gdp19.2961.57a
1845MW gdp19.8971.47a
1846MW gdp20.5161.54a
1847MW gdp21.1542.54a
1848MW gdp21.8132.05a
1849MW gdp22.4922.05a
1850MW gdp23.1921.73a
1851MW gdp23.9091.98a
1852MW gdp24.6481.67a
1853MW gdp25.4091.70a
1854MW gdp26.1951.79a
1855MW gdp27.0041.75a
1856MW gdp27.8391.98a
1857MW gdp28.6991.90a
1858MW gdp29.5862.12a
1859MW gdp30.5011.92a
1860MW gdp31.4431.78a
1861MW gdp32.0911.73a
1862MW gdp32.7538.31a
1863MW gdp33.4289.43a
1864MW gdp34.1179.19a
1865MW gdp34.82013.14a
1866MW gdp35.5375.90a
1867MW gdp36.2704.47a
1868MW gdp37.0174.86a
1869MW gdp37.7804.38a
1870MW gdp38.5584.27a
1871MW gdp39.5884.13a
1872MW gdp40.6463.66a
1873MW gdp41.7323.61a
1874MW gdp42.8473.91a
1875MW gdp43.9913.74a
1876MW gdp45.1663.56a
1877MW gdp46.3733.19a
1878MW gdp47.6123.20a
1879MW gdp48.8833.18a
1880MW gdp50.1892.91a
1881MW gdp51.3422.56a
1882MW gdp52.5212.42a
1883MW gdp53.7262.48a
1884MW gdp54.9602.45a
1885MW gdp56.2222.65a
1886MW gdp57.5132.39a
1887MW gdp58.8332.42a
1888MW gdp60.1842.32a
1889MW gdp61.5662.59a
1890MW gdp62.9802.52a
1891MW gdp64.1922.82a
1892MW gdp65.4282.56a
1893MW gdp66.6882.99a
1894MW gdp67.9723.17a
1895MW gdp69.2812.81a
1896MW gdp70.6152.83a
1897MW gdp71.9742.82a
1898MW gdp73.3602.96a
1899MW gdp74.7733.59a
1900MW gdp76.2123.03a
1901MW gdp77.6802.85a
1902MW gdp79.1762.35a
1903MW gdp80.7012.29i
1904MW gdp82.2552.43i
1905MW gdp83.8392.27i
1906MW gdp85.4532.21i
1907MW gdp87.0992.13i
1908MW gdp88.7762.51i
1909MW gdp90.4862.46i
1910MW gdp92.2292.49i
1911MW gdp93.5232.54i
1912MW gdp94.8362.45i
1913MW gdp96.1672.45a
1914MW gdp97.5162.73i
1915MW gdp98.8852.69i
1916MW gdp100.2732.08i
1917MW gdp101.6803.83i
1918MW gdp103.10717.03i
1919MW gdp104.55423.84i
1920MW gdp106.0227.60i
1921MW gdp107.6267.42i
1922MW gdp109.2545.08a
1923MW gdp110.9084.31i
1924MW gdp112.5864.18i
1925MW gdp114.2903.96i
1926MW gdp116.0193.66i
1927MW gdp117.7753.66a
1928MW gdp119.5573.73i
1929MW gdp121.3663.64i
193092.2123.2034.29i
193177.4124.0715.31i
193259.5124.9457.17a
193357.2125.8258.92i
193466.8126.7128.89a
193574.3127.60510.17i
193684.9128.50410.80a
193793129.4109.47i
193887.4130.3219.67a
193993.5131.2409.90i
1940102.9132.1659.78a
1941129.4133.96610.94i
1942166135.79221.42a
1943203.1137.64340.86i
1944224.6139.51944.76a
1945228.2141.42146.83i
1946227.8143.34929.21a
1947249.9145.30316.57i
1948274.8147.28312.95a
1949272.8149.29114.73i
1950300.2151.32614.92a
1951347.3153.91714.09a
1952367.7156.55219.46a
1953389.7159.23220.53a
1954391.1161.95819.86a
1955426.2164.73117.23a
1956450.1167.55116.88a
1957474.9170.42017.22a
1958482173.33717.85a
1959522.5176.30517.90a
1960543.3179.32317.91a
1961563.3181.58818.62a
1962605.1183.88117.65a
1963638.6186.20417.43a
1964685.8188.55517.28a
1965743.7190.93715.90a
1966815193.34816.51a
1967861.7195.79018.27a
1968942.5198.26318.90a
19691019.9200.76618.01a
19701075.9203.30218.18a
19711167.8205.51518.00a
19721282.4207.75217.99a
19731428.5210.01317.20a
19741548.8212.29917.39a
19751688.9214.60919.68a
19761877.6216.94519.80a
19772086219.30719.62a
19782356.6221.69419.47a
19792632.1224.10719.15a
19802862.5226.54620.64a
19813210.9228.67021.12a
19823345230.81522.29a
19833638.1232.97922.22a
19844040.7235.16421.08a
19854346.7237.36921.77a
19864590.1239.59521.58a
19874870.2241.84220.62a
19885252.6244.11020.26a
19895657.7246.39920.22a
19905979.6248.71020.95a
19916174251.80221.45a
19926539.3254.93321.13a
19936878.7258.10320.49a
19947308.7261.31220.00a
19957664264.56119.78a
19968100.2267.85019.26a
19978608.5271.18018.60a
19989089.1274.55218.18a
19999665.7277.96617.61a
200010289.7282.16217.39a
200110625.3284.96917.53a
200210980.2287.62518.31a
200311512.2290.10818.76a
200412277292.80518.68a
200513095.4295.51718.88a
200613857.9298.38019.16a
200714480.3301.23118.84a
200814720.3304.09420.26a
200914417.9306.77224.40a
201014958.3309.35023.11a
201115533.8311.58323.19a
201216244.6313.87421.77a
201316797.5316.12920.57a
201417332.3318.40021.06b
201518219.4321.36321.41b
201619180.6323.84921.37b
201720199.4326.34821.13b
201821216.3328.85720.94b

Legend:
a - actual reported
i - interpolated between actual reported values
e - estimated by usgovernmentspending.com
g - 'guesstimated' projection by usgovernmentspending.com
b - budgeted estimate in US FY15 budget

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

Data Sources for 2018:
GDP: Fed. Budget: Hist. Table 10.1
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_2018:

Sources for 1792:

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

Sources for 2018:

GDP: Fed. Budget: Hist. Table 10.1
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 2013

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

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