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

US Federal Spending
Fiscal Years 1900 to 2018
YearGDP-US
$ billion 2009
Population-US
million
Total Spending -fed
$ billion 2009
1900MW gdp76.21213.83a
1901MW gdp77.68013.70a
1902MW gdp79.17611.91a
1903MW gdp80.70111.93i
1904MW gdp82.25512.19i
1905MW gdp83.83912.70i
1906MW gdp85.45312.87i
1907MW gdp87.09912.69i
1908MW gdp88.77613.34i
1909MW gdp90.48614.04i
1910MW gdp92.22914.36i
1911MW gdp93.52315.13i
1912MW gdp94.83615.27i
1913MW gdp96.16715.90a
1914MW gdp97.51616.33i
1915MW gdp98.88516.54i
1916MW gdp100.27314.55i
1917MW gdp101.68026.13i
1918MW gdp103.107126.73i
1919MW gdp104.554178.78i
1920MW gdp106.02256.49i
1921MW gdp107.62653.84i
1922MW gdp109.25438.89a
1923MW gdp110.90837.37i
1924MW gdp112.58637.36i
1925MW gdp114.29036.25i
1926MW gdp116.01935.63i
1927MW gdp117.77536.04a
1928MW gdp119.55737.15i
1929MW gdp121.36638.48i
1930966.7123.20341.48i
1931904.8124.07148.02i
1932788.2124.94556.51a
1933778.3125.82569.44i
1934862.2126.71276.68a
1935939127.60595.45i
19361060.5128.504114.48a
19371114.6129.410105.55i
19381077.7130.321104.18a
19391163.6131.240115.18i
19401266.1132.165123.79a
19411490.3133.966163.09i
19421771.8135.792379.43a
19432073.7137.643847.25i
19442239.4139.5191002.25a
19452217.8141.4211038.70i
19461960.9143.349572.72a
19471939.4145.303321.31i
19482020147.283261.63a
19492008.9149.291296.00i
19502184151.326325.93a
19512360153.917332.53a
19522456.1156.552478.05a
19532571.4159.232527.81a
19542556.9161.958507.93a
19552739164.731471.97a
19562797.4167.551472.29a
19572856.3170.420491.89a
19582835.3173.337506.20a
19593031176.305542.57a
19603108.7179.323556.65a
19613188.1181.588593.49a
19623383.1183.881597.23a
19633530.4186.204615.39a
19643734188.555645.35a
19653976.7190.937632.19a
19664238.9193.348699.71a
19674355.2195.790795.85a
19684569198.263863.55a
19694712.5200.766848.52a
19704722203.302858.68a
19714877.6205.515877.83a
19725134.3207.752923.57a
19735424.1210.013932.96a
19745396212.299938.44a
19755385.4214.6091059.71a
19765675.4216.9451123.81a
19775937219.3071164.68a
19786267.2221.6941220.00a
19796466.2224.1071238.23a
19806450.4226.5461331.64a
19816617.7228.6701397.82a
19826491.3230.8151447.19a
19836792232.9791509.14a
19847285235.1641535.72a
19857593.8237.3691653.29a
19867860.5239.5951695.98a
19878132.6241.8421676.58a
19888474.5244.1101717.33a
19898786.4246.3991776.23a
19908955248.7101876.47a
19918948.4251.8021919.30a
19929266.6254.9331957.72a
19939521258.1031950.78a
19949905.4261.3121981.07a
199510174.8264.5612012.28a
199610561267.8502034.55a
199711034.9271.1802052.41a
199811525.9274.5522095.46a
199912065.9277.9662125.56a
200012559.7282.1622184.65a
200112682.2284.9692224.20a
200212908.8287.6252364.67a
200313271.1290.1082490.23a
200413773.5292.8052572.76a
200514234.2295.5172687.28a
200614613.8298.3802800.28a
200714873.7301.2312803.35a
200814830.4304.0943005.19a
200914418.7306.7723517.68a
201014783.8309.3473415.36a
201115020.6311.7223487.59a
201215369.2314.1123363.20a
201315710.3316.4983236.72a
201416085.6318.8573371.11b
201516418.7321.2343561.26b
201616911323.6293683.57b
201717399.7326.0423768.53b
201817856.2328.4723848.20b

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

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 2018:
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_2018:

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 2018:

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.

Gross State Product Update for 2014

The US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its Gross State Product (GSP) data for 2014 on June 10, 2015.

Usgovernmentspending.com has updated its individual state GSPs for 2014 and projected nominal and real GSP through 2020 for each state using the projected national GDP numbers from Table 10.1 in the Historical Tables for the Federal FY2016 Budget and the historical GDP data series from the BEA as a baseline.

As before we have projected individual state GSPs out to 2020 by applying a factor to reflect each state's deviation from the national growth rate. (E.g. In 2014 the national real GDP expanded by 2.4 percent. But North Dakota grew by 6.3 percent, a deviation of nearly 4 percent. The deviation is reduced by 40 percent for each year after 2014, making the assumption that each state will slowly revert to the national norm.)

Usgovernmentspending.com displays individual state data going back to 1957, but BEA has nominal GSP data going back to only 1963, and real GSP data going back to 1987.  Also the 1987-1997 real GSP data is in 1997 dollars, not 2009 dollars like the 1997-present data, and the pre-1997 data is based on a different model than post 1997 data.  For the pre-1997 data we have factored it to remove any "bumps" over the 1997 transition.

Because usgovernmentspending.com needs GSP data to provide e.g., spending as a percent of GDP, we have extended the two BEA GSP data series back to 1957.  We have assumed that the rate of change of GSP prior to 1963 is the same as the national GDP and we have assumed that the rate of change of real GSP prior to 1987 is the same as the nation real GDP growth rate.

Click here to view a complete list of US states and their 2014 GSP growth rates.

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