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Government Spending Details

Spending details break down government expenditures by function and level of government. You can also drill down to view more spending detail by clicking the [+] control on each function line.

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Units: By default, values are displayed in billions of nominal dollars. By using a dropdown control in the table heading you can select millions of dollars, percent of GDP, percent of federal total, percent of overall total, dollars per capita of population, and thousand dollars per capita of population.
Fiscal Year: The default year displayed is the current US government fiscal year. But you can select any year you want using the dropdown control in the table heading. At the top and bottom of the dropdown only years ending in “0” are shown. Select a year to get close, then select the year you want. You can increase or decrease the year using the “yr” text links in the table heading.
US Budget Year: By default, the table displays budgeted and estimated numbers from the most recent US Federal Budget submitted to the Congress by the president. But you can look at numbers from other US Federal Budgets using this dropdown control.
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GDP: $17,348.1 bln
$30,971.0 bln
State and Local Spending: By default, state and local spending are displayed separately. But you can select state'n local and display state and local spending combined.
US or State: By default, the table shows values for governments in the United States overall. But for years after 1991 you can select individual states by selecting the state dropdown control in the table heading or the text link right above it.
Pie Chart: Select a pie chart you wish to display. You can create a pie chart for federal, state and local, and overall spending/revenue.

United States Federal
State and Local Government Spending
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[+]  Pensions 914.6 0.0 223.3 46.3 1,184.1
[+]  Health Care 921.1 -321.2 547.8 147.9 1,295.6
[+]  Education 102.6 -56.1 284.1 631.3 962.0
Charts: Click on a to display a bar of data in a row or column of this table.
Click on to display a time-series chart of data in a row.
[+] Drill-down: Click on the [+] to drill down to more detailed numbers. For federal spending line items (but not revenue) you can drill down three levels to view about 4,000 items of spending at the “agency code” level.
Defense 799.8 0.0 1.1 0.0 800.8
[+]  Welfare 370.3 -112.3 125.1 86.8 469.8
[+]  Protection 32.9 -6.9 71.0 163.9 260.9
[+]  Transportation 91.9 -62.2 116.1 143.3 289.0
[+]  General Government 44.4 -4.1 53.4 75.2 168.9
[+]  Other Spending -0.4 -14.1 84.2 350.2 419.9
[+]  Interest 229.0 0.0 45.5 61.9 336.4
[+]  Balance -0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.0
[+]  Total Spending:  Start chart 3,506.1 -577.0 1,551.5 1,706.7 6,187.3
[+]  Federal Deficit 484.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 484.6
[+]  Gross Public Debt 17,794.5 0.0 1,149.1 1,825.3 20,769.0
[+]  Other Borrowing 590.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 590.5
[+]  Agency/GSE Debt 7,924.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 7,924.0
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Pie Chart: Select a pie chart you wish to display. You can create a pie chart for federal, state and local, and overall spending/revenue.

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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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The table shows overall government expenditures for the specified fiscal year. Spending totals are aggregated for each major government function.

  1. For the United States the table shows spending for all levels of government—federal spending, state spending, and local spending.
  2. For individual states the table shows expenditures for state and local governments only.

For explanation of Gov. Xfer column see blog on “All About Intergovernmental Transfers.”

For explanation of Other Borrowing row see blog on “The Feds Borrow More than the ‘Deficit.’”

All federal outlays prior to 2017, state spending prior to 2015 and local spending prior to 2015 are actual. More recent spending, including future years out to 2022, are budgeted, estimated, or guesstimated.

Federal expenditure for 1962 through 2022 is based on federal subfunction data published in the president’s Budget of the United States Government. State and local expenditure—both for the United States as a whole and for individual states—for 1992 through 2011 is derived from spending, revenue, and debt numbers in the US Census Bureau’s annual survey of State and Local Government Finances.

State and local expenditure for the United States as a whole between 1971 and 1991 is obtained from Statistical Abstract of the United States. State and local expenditure for individual states between 1957 and 1991 is obtained from an MS Access database at a US Census Bureau site:

Federal expenditure between 1792 and 1961 and state and local expenditure for the United States as a whole between 1902 and 1971 is obtained from the US Census Bureau’s Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970.

You can use controls on the table to change from display of nationwide spending data to individual states. You can change the year or to drill down to view more detailed spending information. You can also view the spending data as percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Click the button at the right of each line of the table to display a bar chart of government spending. Click a button at the base of each column for a bar chart or pie chart. You can right click on the chart image to copy and paste it into your own content. Click the image to close the chart display.

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Data Sources: For a discussion of the sources of the government spending data used here read How We Got the Data for

Intergovernmental Transfers: The column labeled “Gov. Xfer” in the table represents monies paid by the federal government as grants and aid to state and local governments. These are “intergovernmental transfers.”

For a discussion read All About Intergovernmental Transfers.

Federal Spending by Agency Code: If you drill down below the federal subfunction level you can see federal spending split up into about 4,000 agency code accounts.

For a discussion read Federal Spending at the Agency Code Level

Actual vs. Budgeted: Government spending data in includes historical spending and also future spending in three categories: budgeted, estimated, and guesstimated. Records of recent spending are more detailed than historical records of earlier times.

For a table of data sources see Government Spending Data: Sources.

Government Spending Updates: The most recent year for actual federal spending is FY 2016. The most recent year for actual state spending is FY 2014. The most recent year for actual local government spending is FY 2014.

Typically, federal spending for the fiscal year ending September 30 is first updated from the US Treasury data published in mid October each year, and then updated when the federal budget is published the following February. State and local spending is updated when published by the US Census Bureau.

The update schedule is published on Government Spending Update Schedule.

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US BUDGET overview and pie chart.


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See FEDERAL BUDGET breakdown and estimated vs. actual.

MILITARY SPENDING details, budget and history.


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Spending Data Sources

Spending data is from official government sources.

Gross Domestic Product data comes from US Bureau of Economic Analysis and

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 Finances FY13

> data update schedule.

Data Sources for 2014:

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

> data sources for other years
> data update schedule.

The Feds Borrow More Than The "Deficit"

People naturally assume that the annual Deficit is the total that the Federal government borrows each year. Actually this is not so. The Deficit is simply the difference between Federal Outlays and Federal Receipts. Usually, the Feds borrow a lot more than the official Deficit.

Like below, in $ billion:


We have provided the difference between the Debt increase and the Deficit for each year under "Other Borrowings" on the Spending Details page. To Recap:

Other Borrowings = (Increase in Federal Debt) - (Official Deficit)

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