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Government Spending Chart

Create and customize charts of government spending.

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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.
 
 
 All Categories

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

 

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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 gdp121.366972i114i
19307,846123.2031015i125i
19317,293124.0711147i147i
19326,308124.9451319a177a
19336,186125.8251365i149i
19346,804126.7121305a110a
19357,359127.6051464i185i
19368,253128.5041629a258a
19378,613129.4101595i199i
19388,270130.3211672a156a
19398,866131.2401806i181i
19409,580132.1651901a201a
194111,124133.9662094i623i
194213,048135.7923582a2129a
194315,066137.6436877i5225i
194416,051139.5197857a6153a
194515,682141.4218121i6442i
194613,679143.3494786a3202a
194713,347145.3033084i1219i
194813,715147.2832749a985a
194913,456149.2913093i1085i
195014,432151.3263381a1165a
195115,333153.9173352i1290a
195215,689156.5524262a2205a
195316,149159.2324561a2359a
195415,787161.9584494a2132a
195516,627164.7314319a1840a
195616,696167.5514295a1748a
195716,760170.4204428a1810a
195816,357173.3374572a1756a
195917,192176.3054796a1776a
196017,336179.3234827a1700a
196117,557181.5885137a1776a
196218,398183.8815154i1934a
196318,960186.2045266i1907a
196419,803188.5555461i1888a
196520,827190.9375430i1725a
196621,924193.3485816i1872a
196722,244195.7906404i2161a
196823,045198.2636778i2305a
196923,473200.7666814i2180a
197023,227203.3026948i2044a
197123,734205.5157211i1886a
197224,714207.7527482i1824a
197325,827210.0137432i1678a
197425,417212.2997438i1615a
197525,094214.6098180i1637a
197626,161216.9458642i1595a
197727,072219.3078671i1578a
197828,270221.6948811i1571a
197928,853224.1078842i1575a
198028,473226.5469352i1670a
198128,940228.6709672i1745a
198228,123230.8159916i1863a
198329,153232.97910286i1976a
198430,978235.16410379i2061a
198531,992237.36911013i2172a
198632,807239.59511384i2243a
198733,628241.84211476i2212a
198834,716244.11011707i2182a
198935,659246.39912004i2163a
199036,006248.71012543i2060a
199135,537251.80212804i1844a
199236,349254.93313041a1938a
199336,888258.10312980a1845a
199437,906261.31212988a1745a
199538,459264.56113204a1639a
199639,429267.85013233a1540a
199740,692271.18013310a1537a
199841,981274.55213507a1493a
199943,408277.96613690a1498a
200044,512282.16214011a1553a
200144,504284.96914358i1536i
200244,881287.62515106a1726a
200345,745290.10815581i1923i
200447,040292.80515845a2084a
200548,167295.51716140a2211a
200648,977298.38016597a2199a
200749,376301.23116791a2229a
200848,769304.09417683a2421a
200947,001306.77219400a2591a
201047,790309.34718972a2708a
201148,186311.72219040a2731a
201242,884314.11217532b2482b

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

Data Sources for 1900:
GDP: Samuel H. Williamson, "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?" MeasuringWorth, 2015.
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: 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: Samuel H. Williamson, "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?" MeasuringWorth, 2015.
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: 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.

House Budget Plan for FY16

On August 15, 2015, we updated usgovernmentspending.com with the numbers from the draft budget resolution for FY16 prepared by the House Budget Committee.  The site now shows data from the current FY16 Budget Resolution and also Ryan-authored budget resolutions for FY12, FY13, FY14 and FY15.

You can view and download data on the House Budget page here.  You can compare the House Budget with the administration's FY16 budget here.

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