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Government Spending in the US

There are three levels of governments in the US: federal, state, and local. The following table shows current spending for federal, state and local governments, and also total overall spending. Federal spending includes grants and transfers to state and local governments. State and local government spending includes “direct” spending on programs only.
 

 1851 1852 1853 
 Federal Spending54.051.356.2 
 State Spending0.00.00.0 
 Local Spending0.00.00.0 
 Intergovernmental Spending0.00.00.0 
 Total Spending54.051.356.2 
Spending: actual

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.

Federal 1852 Government Spending

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Federal 1852 Spending by Function

Function -yr 1852 +yr  
  Total Spending$51.3 million nom 
  Pensions$0.0 million nom 
  Health Care$0.0 million nom 
  Education$0.0 million nom 
  Defense$19.6 million nom 
  Welfare$0.0 million nom 
Spending: actual

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Data Sources:
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



Deficit / Debt

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GDP / Spending

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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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Data Sources for 1852:

GDP, GO: See GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: not available

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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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