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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
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2012   +1yr +5yr


 Federal Gross Spending    22% GDP   
 Intergovernmental    -3% GDP   
 State Direct Spending    9% GDP   
 Local Direct Spending    10% GDP   
 Total Spending    38% 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 2012:

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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CBO Long Term Budget Outlook 2016

On July 12, 2016, the Congressional Budget Office released its annual Long Term Budget Outlook for 2016, which projects federal spending and revenue out into the 2040s.  As before, the CBO study shows that federal health-care programs will eat the budget, with federal spending exceeding 28 percent GDP by mid century while federal revenue stays below 20 percent GDP.

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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