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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 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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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.

Total Spending
Fiscal Years 1970 to 2017
YearGDP-US
$ billion nominal
Population-US
million
Total Spending -fed
$ billion nominal
19701075.9203.302195.65a
19711167.8205.515210.17a
19721282.4207.752230.68a
19731428.5210.013245.71a
19741548.8212.299269.36a
19751688.9214.609332.33a
19761877.6216.945371.79a
19772086219.307409.22a
19782356.6221.694458.75a
19792632.1224.107504.03a
19802862.5226.546590.94a
19813210.9228.670678.24a
19823345230.815745.74a
19833638.1232.979808.36a
19844040.7235.164851.81a
19854346.7237.369946.34a
19864590.1239.595990.38a
19874870.2241.8421004.02a
19885252.6244.1101064.42a
19895657.7246.3991143.74a
19905979.6248.7101252.99a
19916174251.8021324.23a
19926539.3254.9331381.53a
19936878.7258.1031409.39a
19947308.7261.3121461.75a
19957664264.5611515.74a
19968100.2267.8501560.48a
19978608.5271.1801601.12a
19989089.1274.5521652.46a
19999665.7277.9661701.84a
200010289.7281.4221788.95a
200110625.3284.1841862.85a
200210980.2286.9742010.89a
200311512.2289.7902159.90a
200412277292.6352292.84a
200513095.4295.5072471.96a
200613857.9298.1452655.05a
200714480.3300.8072728.69a
200814720.3303.4922982.54a
200914417.9306.2023517.68a
201014958.3308.9363457.08a
201115533.8311.5763603.06a
201215601.5314.2393795.55b
201316335316.9253803.36b
201417155.6319.6343883.10b
201518177.8322.3664059.87b
201619261.1325.0104328.84b
201720368.6327.6764531.72b

Legend:
a - actual reported
i - interpolated between actual reported values
b - budgeted estimate in US FY13 budget
e - estimated by usgovernmentspending.com
g - 'guesstimated' projection by usgovernmentspending.com

Data Sources for 1970:
GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: Statistical Abstract of the United States

Data Sources for 2017:
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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Next Data Update

> State Quarterly Taxes FY14

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Data Sources for 1970_2017:

Sources for 1970:

GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: Statistical Abstract of the United States

Sources for 2017:

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 FY14 Tax Update

On September 27, 2014 usgovernmentspending.com updated FY2014 state revenue with quarterly tax data from the US Census Bureau.  Local tax data was updated by assuming that local taxes for 2014 changed by the same percent as state taxes of the same type.

The following table shows "guesstimated" US state and local total revenue before and after the change.

Revenue
$ billion
FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
Before2,6682,7162,809-
After2,4152,5892,6752,714

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