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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.
 

 1911 1912 1913 
 Federal Spending881.0925.0970.0 
 State Spending258.0277.0297.0 
 Local Spending1,721.01,837.01,960.0 
 Intergovernmental Transfers-11.0-12.0-13.0 
 Total Spending2,849.03,027.03,214.0 
Spending: interpolated 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.

Total 1912 Government Spending

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Total 1912 Spending by Function

Function -yr 1912 +yr  
  Total Spending$3,027.0 million nom 
  Pensions$0.0 million nom 
  Health Care$108.0 million nom 
  Education$538.0 million nom 
  Defense$414.0 million nom 
  Welfare$55.0 million nom 
Spending: interpolated

Click chart for table of Spending
or click: 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914

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

Click chart for briefing on Federal Deficit. For deficit as %GDP from 1950-2015 click here.

Click chart for briefing on Government Debt. For debt as %GDP from 1950-2015 click here.

GDP / Spending

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Click chart for briefing on Total Spending. For Spending as %GDP from 1950-2015 click here.

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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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State and Local Finances Update for FY 2012

On December 11, 2014 usgovernmentspending.com updated the state and local spending and revenue for FY 2012 using the newly released Census Bureau State and Local Government Finances for FY 2012.  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 FY2012 are now actual historical spending as reported by the Census Bureau.  Previously state spending and revenue for FY2012 was actual and local spending and revenue was estimated.  The following table shows the difference between estimated and actual spending and revenue for FY2012:

FY 2012Estimated
$ billion
Actual
$ billion
Spending$1,657$1,647
Revenue$1,038$1,075

We have updated the "guesstimated" state and local finances for FY2013-19.

Also updated were state and local finances for 2009, 2010, and 2011 using newly released Census Bureau revised data.

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