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State Spending – Debt – GDP – Population

Compare state and local spending for the 50 states against state growth and population.

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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2016  +1yr +4yr
Amounts in percent GDP

StateState
Spending
Local
Spending
State and
Local
Spending
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(million)
 District of Columbia0.68%11.52%12.19%$126.73.0%0.7 more
 Texas5.61%6.77%12.37%$1,851.04.4%28.0 more
 North Dakota7.99%5.86%13.85%$63.34.8%0.8 more
 South Dakota7.48%6.75%14.23%$50.02.7%0.9 more
 Virginia7.38%7.43%14.81%$501.62.5%8.4 more
 New Hampshire8.01%6.95%14.96%$79.13.3%1.3 more
 Colorado6.85%8.32%15.17%$346.24.2%5.6 more
 Georgia6.95%8.74%15.69%$527.63.3%10.3 more
 Indiana8.12%7.68%15.81%$344.62.6%6.6 more
 Connecticut9.05%6.78%15.83%$275.22.7%3.6 more
 Delaware10.95%5.23%16.18%$68.72.9%1.0 more
 North Carolina7.87%8.37%16.24%$530.22.9%10.1 more
 Massachusetts9.67%6.58%16.25%$508.43.3%6.8 more
 Nevada6.62%9.81%16.43%$144.62.8%2.9 more
 Oklahoma9.49%6.94%16.43%$202.53.5%3.9 more
 Maryland8.43%8.05%16.48%$380.02.7%6.0 more
 Kansas7.93%8.73%16.66%$161.13.1%2.9 more
 Missouri8.27%8.40%16.67%$310.32.8%6.1 more
 Washington7.93%8.86%16.79%$475.23.5%7.3 more
 Illinois7.52%9.27%16.79%$814.52.9%12.8 more
 Minnesota8.06%8.83%16.89%$345.32.9%5.5 more
 Idaho9.40%7.58%16.97%$71.03.4%1.7 more
 Arizona7.93%9.05%16.98%$311.82.9%6.9 more
 All states combined8.26%8.87%17.13%$18,818.63.0%324.0 more
 Nebraska6.48%10.75%17.22%$122.12.7%1.9 more
 Utah9.34%7.96%17.31%$157.23.6%3.0 more
 Oregon9.19%8.14%17.33%$240.93.8%4.1 more
 Tennessee7.46%9.94%17.40%$330.43.0%6.7 more
 Florida7.02%10.61%17.63%$934.83.4%20.6 more
 New Jersey9.67%8.01%17.68%$595.62.6%9.0 more
 Iowa8.72%9.00%17.71%$185.32.6%3.1 more
 Wisconsin9.00%8.94%17.95%$319.72.8%5.8 more
 Louisiana9.50%8.55%18.05%$272.03.1%4.7 more
 Hawaii13.72%4.42%18.14%$84.62.7%1.4 more
 California7.66%10.62%18.29%$2,561.73.5%39.5 more
 Pennsylvania9.74%8.58%18.31%$728.13.1%12.8 more
 Wyoming8.59%9.86%18.45%$49.64.4%0.6 more
 Michigan9.05%9.44%18.49%$497.63.1%9.9 more
 Ohio9.72%9.00%18.72%$641.33.2%11.6 more
 Arkansas11.35%7.74%19.08%$131.92.7%3.0 more
 Montana11.68%7.69%19.38%$48.43.1%1.0 more
 Rhode Island12.09%7.52%19.60%$60.12.9%1.1 more
 Kentucky11.98%7.91%19.89%$205.62.8%4.4 more
 South Carolina11.18%9.01%20.19%$210.63.2%5.0 more
 Alabama10.23%10.06%20.28%$216.92.7%4.9 more
 New York8.67%11.86%20.53%$1,560.03.4%19.8 more
 West Virginia13.21%7.63%20.84%$85.44.4%1.8 more
 Maine12.96%8.40%21.36%$60.62.5%1.3 more
 New Mexico12.79%8.73%21.51%$101.02.8%2.1 more
 Vermont14.14%8.44%22.58%$32.32.7%0.6 more
 Alaska16.43%8.13%24.57%$60.52.0%0.7 more
 Mississippi13.40%11.78%25.18%$112.22.0%3.0 more
Notes: estimated guesstimated1

1. "Guesstimated" by projecting the latest change in reported number forward to future years. GSP deviation from national GDP growth cut by 40% per year.

Data Sources:
State GDP Information
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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Data Sources for 2016:

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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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State and Local Finances Update for FY 2013

On February 1, 2016 usgovernmentspending.com learned that the US Census Bureau may not continue distributing a "flat file" of state and local finances, but only publish a summary of state and local finances.

So we have adapted our state and local finance process to extract the necessary data from the summary files published at the Bureau's State and Local Finance page. Briefly, this means that many detail functions, such as elementary education, are compressed to a single data item instead of two or three.

On February 6, 2016 we updated the state and local spending and revenue for FY 2013 using the newly Census Bureau State and Local Government Finances summaries for FY 2013 released in Fall 2015.  This includes state and local spending for the United States as a whole and individual states and the District of Columbia.

State and local spending and revenue for FY2013 are now actual historical spending as reported by the Census Bureau.  Previously state spending and revenue for FY2013 was actual and local spending and revenue was estimated.  The following table shows the difference between estimated and actual local spending and revenue for FY2013:

FY 2013Estimated
$ billion
Actual
$ billion
Local Spending$1,601$1,684
Local Revenue$1,094$1,169

We will update the "guesstimated" state and local finances for FY2014-20 after the FY2017 federal budget update.

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