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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.
 

 2014 2015 2016 
 Federal Spending3.73.94.1 
 State Spending1.51.51.6 
 Local Spending1.71.81.8 
 Intergovernmental Spending-0.6-0.6-0.7 
 Total Spending6.36.66.9 
Spending: budgeted guesstimated2 estimated

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 Budgeted1 2015 Government Spending

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Total 2015 Spending by Function

Function -yr 2015 +yr  
  Total Spending$6.6 trillion 
  Pensions$1.2 trillion 
  Health Care$1.3 trillion 
  Education$1.1 trillion 
  Defense$0.8 trillion 
  Welfare$0.5 trillion 
Spending: guesstimated2

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or click: 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Note:
1. Federal spending after 2013 is budgeted.
2. State spending after 2012 and local spending after 2011 are “guesstimated” by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years

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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Data Sources for 2015:

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

> data sources for other years
> data update schedule.

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CBO Long-term Outlook 2014

On July 15, 2014, the Congressional Budget Office released its annual Long Term Budget Outlook, which projects federal spending and revenue out into the 2080s.  As before, the CBO study shows that federal health-care programs will eat the budget.

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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