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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.
 
 
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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.

Welfare
Fiscal Years 1900 to 2016
YearGDP-US
$ billion nominal
Population-US
million
Welfare -fed
percent GDP
Welfare -statelocal
percent GDP
1900MW gdp76.2120.000.10i
1901MW gdp77.6800.000.12i
1902MW gdp79.1760.02a0.15a
1903MW gdp80.7010.02i0.15i
1904MW gdp82.2550.02i0.15i
1905MW gdp83.8390.02i0.14i
1906MW gdp85.4530.02i0.13i
1907MW gdp87.0990.02i0.13i
1908MW gdp88.7760.02i0.15i
1909MW gdp90.4860.02i0.14i
1910MW gdp92.2290.02i0.14i
1911MW gdp93.5230.02i0.14i
1912MW gdp94.8360.02i0.13i
1913MW gdp96.1670.02a0.13a
1914MW gdp97.5160.02i0.15i
1915MW gdp98.8850.02i0.16i
1916MW gdp100.2730.02i0.14i
1917MW gdp101.6800.01i0.12i
1918MW gdp103.1070.01i0.11i
1919MW gdp104.5540.01i0.11i
1920MW gdp106.0220.01i0.11i
1921MW gdp107.6260.01i0.15i
1922MW gdp109.2540.01a0.22a
1923MW gdp110.9080.01i0.20i
1924MW gdp112.5860.01i0.21i
1925MW gdp114.2900.01i0.21i
1926MW gdp116.0190.01i0.20i
1927MW gdp117.7750.01a0.22a
1928MW gdp119.5570.01i0.25i
1929MW gdp121.3660.00i0.27i
193092.2123.2030.00i0.37i
193177.4124.0710.00i0.52i
193259.5124.9450.00a0.82a
193357.2125.8250.52i1.24i
193466.8126.7120.88a1.39a
193574.3127.6050.76i1.21i
193684.9128.5040.63a1.02a
193793129.4100.57i1.18i
193887.4130.3210.61a1.52a
193993.5131.2400.58i1.74i
1940102.9132.1650.53a1.88a
1941129.4133.9660.56i1.48i
1942166135.7920.55a1.15a
1943203.1137.6430.47i0.80i
1944224.6139.5190.45a0.60a
1945228.2141.4210.36i0.86i
1946227.8143.3490.28a1.14a
1947249.9145.3030.34i1.15i
1948274.8147.2830.39a1.16a
1949272.8149.2910.49i1.57i
1950300.2151.3260.54a1.80a
1951347.3153.9170.45a1.46i
1952367.7156.5520.41a1.29a
1953389.7159.2320.46a1.20a
1954391.1161.9580.50a1.38a
1955426.2164.7310.46a1.34a
1956450.1167.5510.44a1.14a
1957474.9170.4200.44a1.22a
1958482173.3370.53a1.56a
1959522.5176.3050.54a1.61a
1960543.3179.3230.55a1.48a
1961563.3181.5880.57a1.70a
1962605.1183.8811.09a1.56a
1963638.6186.2041.01a1.53a
1964685.8188.5550.94a1.45a
1965743.7190.9370.80a1.34a
1966815193.3480.69a1.22a
1967861.7195.7900.66a1.30a
1968942.5198.2630.70a1.33a
19691019.9200.7660.71a1.43a
19701075.9203.3020.84a1.65a
19711167.8205.5151.26a1.97a
19721282.4207.7521.42a1.95a
19731428.5210.0131.17a1.92a
19741548.8212.2991.30a1.86a
19751688.9214.6091.91a2.28a
19761877.6216.9452.24a2.49a
19772086219.3071.91a2.14a
19782356.6221.6941.62a1.84a
19792632.1224.1071.49a1.67a
19802862.5226.5461.92a1.87a
19813210.9228.6701.98a1.97a
19823345230.8152.04a2.07a
19833638.1232.9792.22a2.08a
19844040.7235.1641.73a1.79a
19854346.7237.3691.95a1.77a
19864590.1239.5951.61a1.74a
19874870.2241.8421.53a1.76a
19885252.6244.1101.49a1.70a
19895657.7246.3991.46a1.78i
19905979.6248.7101.53a1.84a
19916174251.8021.80a2.05a
19926539.3254.9332.09a1.80a
19936878.7258.1032.12a1.82a
19947308.7261.3122.04a1.67a
19957664264.5611.99a1.75a
19968100.2267.8501.93a1.59a
19978608.5271.1801.84a1.48a
19989089.1274.5521.76a1.33a
19999665.7277.9661.71a1.31a
200010289.7281.4221.67a1.27a
200110625.3284.1841.72a1.34i
200210980.2286.9742.04a1.55a
200311512.2289.7902.11a1.62i
200412277292.6351.94a1.49a
200513095.4295.5071.87a1.34a
200613857.9298.1451.80a1.30a
200714480.3300.8071.76a1.28a
200814720.3303.4922.13a1.37a
200914417.9306.2022.82a1.65a
201014958.3308.9363.31a2.11a
201115533.8311.5763.00a1.95a
201216244.6314.2392.53a1.67a
201316797.5316.9252.37a1.51g
201417332.3319.6342.16e1.40g
201518219.4322.3662.12b1.27g
201619180.6325.0102.05b1.20g

Legend:
i - interpolated between actual reported values
a - actual reported
g - 'guesstimated' projection by usgovernmentspending.com
e - estimated by usgovernmentspending.com
b - budgeted estimate in US FY16 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.

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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