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Create and customize charts of government spending.

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Use the controls below to CUSTOMIZE chart or CHANGE the data series

Hover mouse over dropdown controls for help. Remember, you can display a maximum of five data series at once.

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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.

Download Data

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Download Data File

 

Click button to download CSV file of dataset in chart.
 

Download Tab-delimited Data

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.

Various Items
Fiscal Years 1900 to 2012
YearGDP-US
$ per capita 2009
Population-US
million
Total Spending -total
$ per capita 2009
Defense -total
$ per capita 2009
1900MW gdp76.212464i96a
1901MW gdp77.680462i95a
1902MW gdp79.176437a80a
1903MW gdp80.701434i78i
1904MW gdp82.255441i76i
1905MW gdp83.839455i77i
1906MW gdp85.453458i75i
1907MW gdp87.099449i71i
1908MW gdp88.776468i72i
1909MW gdp90.486489i73i
1910MW gdp92.229497i72i
1911MW gdp93.523523i74i
1912MW gdp94.836527i72i
1913MW gdp96.167548a73a
1914MW gdp97.516581i71i
1915MW gdp98.885604i68i
1916MW gdp100.273568i60i
1917MW gdp101.680631i179i
1918MW gdp103.1071579i1132i
1919MW gdp104.5542083i1563i
1920MW gdp106.022890i366i
1921MW gdp107.626956i268i
1922MW gdp109.254880a123a
1923MW gdp110.908873i115i
1924MW gdp112.586903i113i
1925MW gdp114.290907i108i
1926MW gdp116.019925i104i
1927MW gdp117.775972a105a
1928MW gdp119.557969i109i
1929MW gdp121.366971i114i
19307,839123.2031014i125i
19317,287124.0711146i147i
19326,303124.9451317a177a
19336,180125.8251364i149i
19346,798126.7121303a110a
19357,352127.6051463i185i
19368,246128.5041628a258a
19378,605129.4101593i199i
19388,262130.3211671a156a
19398,859131.2401805i181i
19409,571132.1651899a201a
194111,114133.9662092i622i
194213,037135.7923579a2127a
194315,053137.6436871i5221i
194416,037139.5197851a6148a
194515,669141.4218114i6437i
194613,666143.3494782a3199a
194713,335145.3033081i1218i
194813,702147.2832746a984a
194913,444149.2913090i1084i
195014,419151.3263378a1164a
195115,318153.9173349i1289a
195215,673156.5524258a2203a
195316,133159.2324556a2357a
195415,772161.9584490a2130a
195516,611164.7314315a1838a
195616,680167.5514291a1746a
195716,744170.4204424a1809a
195816,342173.3374568a1755a
195917,175176.3054791a1775a
196017,320179.3234823a1699a
196117,540181.5885132a1775a
196218,381183.8815149i1932a
196318,942186.2045261i1905a
196419,785188.5555456i1886a
196520,807190.9375425i1724a
196621,903193.3485811i1871a
196722,224195.7906398i2159a
196823,023198.2636771i2303a
196923,450200.7666808i2178a
197023,205203.3026942i2042a
197123,711205.5157204i1884a
197224,687207.7527474i1823a
197325,799210.0137424i1677a
197425,390212.2997430i1614a
197525,067214.6098171i1635a
197626,132216.9458633i1593a
197727,042219.3078662i1577a
197828,239221.6948801i1569a
197928,822224.1078832i1574a
198028,442226.5469342i1668a
198128,909228.6709662i1743a
198228,093230.8159905i1861a
198329,122232.97910275i1974a
198430,945235.16410368i2059a
198531,957237.36911001i2170a
198632,772239.59511372i2241a
198733,592241.84211464i2210a
198834,679244.11011695i2180a
198935,621246.39911991i2160a
199035,967248.71012564i2058a
199135,500251.80212824i1842a
199236,310254.93313066a1936a
199336,849258.10313010a1843a
199437,865261.31213026a1743a
199538,417264.56113238a1637a
199639,386267.85013268a1539a
199740,648271.18013345a1536a
199841,935274.55213539a1492a
199943,428277.96613746a1498a
200044,649281.42214101a1557a
200144,634284.18414451i1540i
200244,986286.97415197a1729a
200345,792289.79015670i1925i
200447,069292.63515915a2085a
200548,173295.50716231a2211a
200649,020298.14516700a2201a
200749,456300.80716900a2232a
200848,876303.49217797a2426a
200947,086306.20219511a2596a
201047,840308.93619081a2712a
201148,311311.57619156a2735a
201242,867314.23917593b2481b

Legend:
a - actual reported
i - interpolated between actual reported values
b - budgeted estimate in US FY13 budget

Data Sources for 1900:
GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: Hist. Stats of US, Colonial Times to 1970 and 1789 - 1945

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 1900_2012:

Sources for 1900:

GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: Hist. Stats of US, Colonial Times to 1970 and 1789 - 1945

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 and Local Finances Update for FY 2012

On December 11, 2014 usgovernmentspending.com updated the state and local spending and revenue for FY 2012 using the newly released Census Bureau State and Local Government Finances for FY 2012.  This includes state and local spending for the United States as a whole and individual states and the District of Columbia.

State and local spending and revenue for FY2012 are now actual historical spending as reported by the Census Bureau.  Previously state spending and revenue for FY2012 was actual and local spending and revenue was estimated.  The following table shows the difference between estimated and actual spending and revenue for FY2012:

FY 2012Estimated
$ billion
Actual
$ billion
Spending$1,657$1,647
Revenue$1,038$1,075

We have updated the "guesstimated" state and local finances for FY2013-19.

Also updated were state and local finances for 2009, 2010, and 2011 using newly released Census Bureau revised data.

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