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Current Government Spending in the US

Fiscal Year Federal SpendingState SpendingLocal SpendingTotal Spending
2015$3.69 trillion$1.61 trillion$1.76 trillion$6.43 trillion
2016$3.85 trillion$1.66 trillion$1.81 trillion$6.66 trillion
2017$4.15 trillion$1.72 trillion$1.87 trillion$7.04 trillion
2018$4.35 trillion$1.78 trillion$1.93 trillion$7.34 trillion

Note that federal spending is gross spending, and includes monies transferred to state and local governments. State and local spending is direct spending on programs.

State Guesstimated2 2017 Government Spending

There are three levels of governments in the US: federal, state, and local. The following table shows State spending. State and local government spending includes “direct” spending on programs only.

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State 2017 Spending by Function

Function -yr 2017 +yr  
  Total Spending$1.7 trillion 
  Pensions$0.3 trillion 
  Health Care$0.6 trillion 
  Education$0.3 trillion 
  Welfare$0.1 trillion 
  Protection$0.1 trillion 
  Transport$0.1 trillion 
Spending: guesstimated2

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1. Federal spending after 2016 is budgeted.
2. State spending after 2014 and local spending after 2014 are “guesstimated” by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years

Data Sources:
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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GDP / Spending

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Spending by Government Level

Government Spending includes federal, state, and local spending. Intergovernmental transfers represent federal grants and transfers spent by states or local governments on programs at the state or local level.

 2016 2017 2018 
 Federal Spending3.94.14.4 
 State Spending1.71.71.8 
 Local Spending1.81.91.9 
 Intergovernmental Transfers-0.7-0.7-0.7 
 Total Spending6.77.07.3 
Spending: actual budgeted guesstimated2 estimated

You can look at details of the data here. You can look at deficits here and debt here. You can create custom charts here and download data here. You can look at the federal budget here. You can take a course in spending here.

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Spending Data Sources

Spending data is from official government sources.

Gross Domestic Product data comes from US Bureau of Economic Analysis and

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 2017:

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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US, State Population Update for 2016

On December 19, 2016 the US Census Bureau released its US national and state population estimates for July 1, 2016.  On December 26, 2016 updated its US and state population data as follows:
  • We updated 2010-2016 population data for US and states using data from US Census Bureau Population Estimates: vintage 2016 in file nst-est2016-01.xlsx.
  • We projected 2017 thru 2021 for US and the states assuming population rate change for 2015-16.
  • We updated 2017 thru 2021 for US only using data from US Census Bureau 2014 National Population Projections in file NP2014-T1.xls. uses population data in computing per capita spending and revenue data. You can see per capita spending data in a chart here, and in a table of spending here.

You can check the data update schedule here.

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