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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.

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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.

Education
Fiscal Years 1900 to 2016
YearGDP-US
$ billion nominal
Population-US
million
Education -fed
percent GDP
Education -statelocal
percent GDP
1900MW gdp76.2120.001.12i
1901MW gdp77.6800.001.08i
1902MW gdp79.1760.02a1.05a
1903MW gdp80.7010.02i1.05i
1904MW gdp82.2550.02i1.14i
1905MW gdp83.8390.02i1.09i
1906MW gdp85.4530.02i1.09i
1907MW gdp87.0990.02i1.08i
1908MW gdp88.7760.02i1.30i
1909MW gdp90.4860.02i1.31i
1910MW gdp92.2290.02i1.36i
1911MW gdp93.5230.02i1.43i
1912MW gdp94.8360.02i1.42i
1913MW gdp96.1670.02a1.46a
1914MW gdp97.5160.02i1.77i
1915MW gdp98.8850.02i1.88i
1916MW gdp100.2730.02i1.65i
1917MW gdp101.6800.02i1.55i
1918MW gdp103.1070.01i1.38i
1919MW gdp104.5540.02i1.50i
1920MW gdp106.0220.01i1.50i
1921MW gdp107.6260.02i2.03i
1922MW gdp109.2540.02a2.30a
1923MW gdp110.9080.02i2.09i
1924MW gdp112.5860.02i2.16i
1925MW gdp114.2900.02i2.19i
1926MW gdp116.0190.02i2.16i
1927MW gdp117.7750.02a2.32a
1928MW gdp119.5570.02i2.29i
1929MW gdp121.3660.02i2.16i
193092.2123.2030.02i2.47i
193177.4124.0710.03i2.97i
193259.5124.9450.04a3.88a
193357.2125.8250.23i3.63i
193466.8126.7120.35a2.75a
193574.3127.6050.38i2.70i
193684.9128.5040.39a2.56a
193793129.4100.33i2.51i
193887.4130.3210.31a2.85a
193993.5131.2400.33i2.74i
1940102.9132.1650.33a2.56a
1941129.4133.9660.20i2.02i
1942166135.7920.11a1.56a
1943203.1137.6430.10i1.32i
1944224.6139.5190.09a1.24a
1945228.2141.4210.16i1.35i
1946227.8143.3490.22a1.47a
1947249.9145.3030.65i1.75i
1948274.8147.2831.00a1.96a
1949272.8149.2911.03i2.30i
1950300.2151.3260.95a2.39a
1951347.3153.9170.63a2.23i
1952367.7156.5520.47a2.26a
1953389.7159.2320.32a2.41a
1954391.1161.9580.28a2.70a
1955426.2164.7310.31a2.79a
1956450.1167.5510.33a2.94a
1957474.9170.4200.33a2.98a
1958482173.3370.37a3.30a
1959522.5176.3050.32a3.31a
1960543.3179.3230.30a3.45a
1961563.3181.5880.31a3.65a
1962605.1183.8810.29a3.67a
1963638.6186.2040.31a3.72a
1964685.8188.5550.34a3.83a
1965743.7190.9370.39a3.84a
1966815193.3480.64a4.08a
1967861.7195.7900.85a4.40a
1968942.5198.2630.91a4.37a
19691019.9200.7660.83a4.63a
19701075.9203.3020.89a4.90a
19711167.8205.5150.93a5.09a
19721282.4207.7521.05a5.06a
19731428.5210.0130.96a4.88a
19741548.8212.2990.87a4.90a
19751688.9214.6091.01a5.20a
19761877.6216.9451.06a5.18a
19772086219.3071.06a4.93a
19782356.6221.6941.18a4.70a
19792632.1224.1071.20a4.54a
19802862.5226.5461.16a4.65a
19813210.9228.6701.08a4.54a
19823345230.8150.84a4.61a
19833638.1232.9790.77a4.50a
19844040.7235.1640.71a4.36a
19854346.7237.3690.70a4.43a
19864590.1239.5950.70a4.59a
19874870.2241.8420.64a4.65a
19885252.6244.1100.63a4.62a
19895657.7246.3990.67a4.69i
19905979.6248.7100.67a4.82a
19916174251.8020.72a5.01a
19926539.3254.9330.71a5.03a
19936878.7258.1030.75a5.04a
19947308.7261.3120.64a4.90a
19957664264.5610.72a5.00a
19968100.2267.8500.65a4.99a
19978608.5271.1800.62a4.94a
19989089.1274.5520.61a5.03a
19999665.7277.9660.58a5.07a
200010289.7281.4220.58a5.14a
200110625.3284.1840.60a5.35i
200210980.2286.9740.71a5.49a
200311512.2289.7900.79a5.50i
200412277292.6350.78a5.41a
200513095.4295.5070.81a5.33a
200613857.9298.1450.92a5.34a
200714480.3300.8070.70a5.42a
200814720.3303.4920.69a5.69a
200914417.9306.2020.62a5.99a
201014958.3308.9360.94a5.82a
201115533.8311.5760.73a5.62a
201216244.6314.2390.64a5.54e
201316797.5316.9250.51a5.53g
201417332.3319.6340.65b5.54g
201518219.4322.3660.72b5.46g
201619180.6325.0100.66b5.39g

Legend:
i - interpolated between actual reported values
a - actual reported
e - estimated by usgovernmentspending.com
g - 'guesstimated' projection by usgovernmentspending.com
b - budgeted estimate in US FY15 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 2016:
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_2016:

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 2016:

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.

Medicare/Social Security Trustee Reports Released

On July 28, 2014, the Center for Medicare Services released its annual Medicare Trustees Report, which projects Medicare spending out into the 2080s.  As in the past, the report shows that federal health-care programs will eat the budget.

UsGovernmentspending.com has updated its chart of the Medicare Outlook here based on data in the 2014 Medicare Trustees Report.  You can download the data and also view selected Medicare Trustee forecasts going back to 2005.

On July 28, 2014, the Social Security Administration released its annual OASDI Trustees Report, which projects Social Security spending out into the 2080s.  As in the past, the report shows that Social Security spending will max out at about 6 percent of GDP.

UsGovernmentspending.com is publishing for the first time a chart of the Social Security Outlook here based on data in the 2014 OASDI Trustees Report.  You can download the data and also view OASDI Trustee forecasts for 2005 and 1997.

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