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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.
 

 2011 2012 2013 
 Federal Spending3.63.53.5 
 State Spending1.51.51.5 
 Local Spending1.61.61.7 
 Intergovernmental Transfers-0.6-0.5-0.5 
 Total Spending6.26.16.1 
Spending: actual guesstimated2

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 2012 Government Spending

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Total 2012 Spending by Function

Function -yr 2012 +yr  
  Total Spending$6.1 trillion 
  Pensions$1.1 trillion 
  Health Care$1.2 trillion 
  Education$0.9 trillion 
  Defense$0.9 trillion 
  Welfare$0.6 trillion 
Spending: actual

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or click: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

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

Click chart for chart of Gross Domestic Product. For Real GDP from 1950-2015 click here.

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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Data Sources for 2012:

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

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US, State Population Update for 2014

On December 24, 2014 the US Census Bureau released its national and state population estimates for 2014.  On December 24, 2014 usgovernmentspending.com updated its US and state population data as follows:
  • We updated 2014 population data for US and states using data from US Census Bureau Population Estimates: vintage 2014 in file NST-EST2014-01.xls.
  • We projected 2014 thru 2019 for US and states assuming population rate change for 2013-24.
  • We updated 2015 thru 2019 for US using data from US Census Bureau 2012 National Population Projections in file NP2014-T1.xls.
usgovernmentspending.com uses population data in computing per capita spending and revenue data.  You can see per capita spending data in a chart here, and in a table of spending here.

You can check the data update schedule here.

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