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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.

View Data Series

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

Defense
Fiscal Years 1940 to 2019
YearGDP-US
$ billion 2009
Population-US
million
Defense -fed
$ billion 2009
19401265132.16526.54a
19411488.9133.96683.34i
19421770.3135.792288.80a
19432072137.643718.66i
19442237.5139.519857.71a
19452215.9141.421910.30i
19461959143.349458.58a
19471937.6145.303176.99i
19482018147.283145.00a
19492007149.291161.80i
19502181.9151.326176.17a
19512357.7153.917198.36a
19522453.7156.552344.92a
19532568.9159.232375.33a
19542554.4161.958345.02a
19552736.4164.731302.83a
19562794.7167.551292.53a
19572853.5170.420308.23a
19582832.6173.337304.14a
19593028.1176.305312.86a
19603105.8179.323304.63a
19613185.1181.588322.24a
19623379.9183.881355.27a
19633527.1186.204354.71a
19643730.5188.555355.63a
19653972.9190.937329.13a
19664234.9193.348361.69a
19674351.2195.790422.74a
19684564.7198.263456.52a
19694707.9200.766437.27a
19704717.7203.302415.20a
19714873205.515387.23a
19725128.8207.752378.64a
19735418.2210.013352.11a
19745390.2212.299342.56a
19755379.5214.609350.98a
19765669.3216.945345.64a
19775930.6219.307345.76a
19786260.4221.694347.84a
19796459.2224.107352.68a
19806443.4226.546377.89a
19816610.6228.670398.56a
19826484.3230.815429.47a
19836784.7232.979459.83a
19847277.2235.164484.20a
19857585.7237.369515.11a
19867852.1239.595536.86a
19878123.9241.842534.40a
19888465.4244.110532.16a
19898777246.399532.32a
19908945.4248.710511.80a
19918938.9251.802463.90a
19929256.7254.933493.28a
19939510.8258.103475.55a
19949894.7261.312455.24a
199510163.7264.561432.80a
199610549.5267.850411.80a
199711022.9271.180416.10a
199811513.4274.552409.14a
199912071.4277.966416.08a
200012565.2281.422437.86a
200112684.4284.184437.16a
200212909.7286.974495.80a
200313270289.790556.65a
200413774292.635608.57a
200514235.6295.507652.22a
200614615.2298.145655.07a
200714876.8300.807670.43a
200814833.6303.492735.19a
200914417.9306.202793.97a
201014779.4308.936836.93a
201115052.4311.576851.21a
201215470.7314.239809.16a
201315759316.925768.12a
201416076.7319.634760.78b
201516614.4322.366765.90b
201617171.5325.010731.41b
201717732.8327.676702.94b
201818260330.363689.88b
201918727.7333.073695.08b

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

Data Sources for 1940:
GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970

Data Sources for 2019:
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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See BAR CHARTS of spending, debt.

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See SPENDING HISTORY briefing.

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Make your own CUSTOM CHART.

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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Next Data Update

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Data Sources for 1940_2019:

Sources for 1940:

GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970

Sources for 2019:

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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