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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.
 

 1981 1982 1983 
 Federal Spending678.2745.7808.4 
 State Spending198.3211.5233.1 
 Local Spending286.8309.4332.1 
 Intergovernmental Transfers-90.3-87.3-90.0 
 Total Spending1,073.11,179.41,283.6 
Spending: actual interpolated

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Total 1982 Government Spending

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Total 1982 Spending by Function

Function -yr 1982 +yr  
  Total Spending$1,179.4 billion 
  Pensions$193.8 billion 
  Health Care$114.9 billion 
  Education$168.0 billion 
  Defense$221.5 billion 
  Welfare$120.8 billion 
Spending: interpolated actual

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Data Sources:
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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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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US GDP for 2014 Updated

On April 8, 2015, usgovernmentspending.com updated its GDP series with the latest data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, including nominal GDP for calendar 2014 of $17.419 trillion and real GDP  for calendar 2014 of $16.086 trillion in 2009 dollars. GDP for some years previous to 2014 have been revised by BEA.

Usgovernmentspending.com uses the BEA GDP data series from 1929 to the present and measuringworth.com as its GDP source from 1790 to 1928..

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