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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.

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

Various Items
Fiscal Years 1950 to 2015
YearGDP-US
$ trillion nominal
Population-US
million
Defense -total
$ trillion nominal
Education -total
$ trillion nominal
19500.3002151.3260.02a0.01a
19510.3473153.9170.03a0.01i
19520.3677156.5520.05a0.01a
19530.3897159.2320.06a0.01a
19540.3911161.9580.05a0.01a
19550.4262164.7310.05a0.01a
19560.4501167.5510.05a0.01a
19570.4749170.4200.05a0.02a
19580.482173.3370.05a0.02a
19590.5225176.3050.05a0.02a
19600.5433179.3230.05a0.02a
19610.5633181.5880.06a0.02a
19620.6051183.8810.06a0.02a
19630.6386186.2040.06a0.02a
19640.6858188.5550.07a0.03a
19650.7437190.9370.06a0.03a
19660.815193.3480.07a0.04a
19670.8617195.7900.08a0.04a
19680.9425198.2630.09a0.04a
19691.0199200.7660.09a0.05a
19701.0759203.3020.09a0.06a
19711.1678205.5150.09a0.06a
19721.2824207.7520.09a0.07a
19731.4285210.0130.09a0.08a
19741.5488212.2990.10a0.08a
19751.6889214.6090.11a0.10a
19761.8776216.9450.11a0.11a
19772.086219.3070.12a0.11a
19782.3566221.6940.13a0.13a
19792.6321224.1070.14a0.14a
19802.8625226.5460.17a0.15a
19813.2109228.6700.19a0.16a
19823.345230.8150.22a0.17a
19833.6381232.9790.25a0.18a
19844.0407235.1640.27a0.19a
19854.3467237.3690.30a0.21a
19864.5901239.5950.31a0.22a
19874.8702241.8420.32a0.24a
19885.2526244.1100.33a0.26a
19895.6577246.3990.34a0.28i
19905.9796248.7100.34a0.30a
19916.174251.8020.32a0.33a
19926.5393254.9330.35a0.35a
19936.8787258.1030.34a0.37a
19947.3087261.3120.34a0.38a
19957.664264.5610.33a0.41a
19968.1002267.8500.32a0.43a
19978.6085271.1800.33a0.45a
19989.0891274.5520.32a0.48a
19999.6657277.9660.33a0.51a
200010.2897281.4220.36a0.55a
200110.6253284.1840.37i0.59i
200210.9802286.9740.42a0.64a
200311.5122289.7900.48i0.67i
200412.277292.6350.54a0.71a
200513.0954295.5070.60a0.75a
200613.8579298.1450.62a0.81a
200714.4803300.8070.65a0.83a
200814.7203303.4920.73a0.88a
200914.4179306.2020.79a0.88a
201014.5082308.9360.85a0.91a
201114.9586311.5760.88a0.90a
201215.5474314.2390.85e0.94e
201316.2027316.9250.86g0.96g
201417.0114319.6340.83g1.03g
201517.9361322.3660.82g1.04g

Legend:
a - actual reported
i - interpolated between actual reported values
e - estimated by usgovernmentspending.com
b - budgeted estimate in US FY14 budget
g - 'guesstimated' projection by usgovernmentspending.com

Data Sources for 1950:
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 2015:
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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Top Spending Requests:

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Find NATIONAL DEBT today.

See FEDERAL BUDGET breakdown and estimated vs. actual.

MILITARY SPENDING details, budget and history.

See BAR CHARTS of spending, debt.

See PIE CHARTS of total spending, federal spending.

Check STATE spending: CA NY TX FL and compare.

See SPENDING HISTORY briefing.

Take a COURSE at Spending 101.

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

> State and Local Finances FY12

> data update schedule.

Data Sources for 1950_2015:

Sources for 1950:

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 2015:

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.

CBO Long-term Outlook 2014

On July 15, 2014, the Congressional Budget Office released its annual Long Term Budget Outlook, which projects federal spending and revenue out into the 2080s.  As before, the CBO study shows that federal health-care programs will eat the budget.

UsGovernmentspending.com has updated its chart of the CBO Long Term Budget Outlook here.  You can download the data and also view CBO Long Term Budget Outlooks going back to 1999.

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