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What is the Total US Government Spending?

In FY 2017, total US government spending, federal, state, and local, is “guesstimated” to be $7.04 trillion, with federal $4.15 trillion; state $1.72 trillion; local $1.87 trillion.

US Government Spending Totals in percent GDP

Total government spending in the United States combines spending by federal, state, and local governments.

Total government spending includes:
Federal Gross Spending
 less Intergovernmental transfers from federal to state and local
 plus State government Direct Spending
 plus Local government Direct Spending.


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Total Government Spending
in the United States
  Fiscal Year 2011  


 Federal Gross Spending    23% GDP   
 Intergovernmental    -4% GDP   
 State Direct Spending    10% GDP   
 Local Direct Spending    11% GDP   
 Total Spending    40% GDP   
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Spending Key:
Federal spending: actual, as reported by the Office of Management and Budget.
State spending: actual, as reported by the US Bureau of the Census.
Local spending: actual, as reported by the US Bureau of the Census.

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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 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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Data Sources for 2011:

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

> data sources for other years
> data update schedule.

The Feds Borrow More Than The "Deficit"

People naturally assume that the annual Deficit is the total that the Federal government borrows each year. Actually this is not so. The Deficit is simply the difference between Federal Outlays and Federal Receipts. Usually, the Feds borrow a lot more than the official Deficit.

Like below, in $ billion:

YearGross
Debt
Debt
Increase
Federal
Deficit
Other
Borrow
2000562924-236259
20057905551318232
20101352916531294359
20111476412351300-64
20121605112871087200
201316719669680-11
2014177951075485590
201518120326438-113
2016195371417587830

We have provided the difference between the Debt increase and the Deficit for each year under "Other Borrowings" on the Spending Details page. To Recap:

Other Borrowings = (Increase in Federal Debt) - (Official Deficit)

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