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All About the Government Spending Numbers

usgovernmentspending.com has data on US government spending going back to 1792.

  • Federal spending goes back to 1792
  • State and local spending for all states combined goes back to 1890.
  • State and local spending for individual states goes back to 1957.

Spending data is primarily organized by major spending function, such as Pensions, Health Care, etc. You can look at data for a single year or a range of years.

Look at Spending Data for Single Year

Federal, State, and Local Spending TOTALS for current year or for

Total Spending Functional BREAKDOWN for current year or for

Federal, State, and Local Spending DETAILS for current year or for

Look at Spending Data Series over a range of years

You can look at individual data series or combine up to 5 data series together.

Total Spending for the last ten years.

Total Spending for the last ten years.

Once you have set up a single data series, you can add additional data series, change the range of years, change the units, etc.

General Overview of Data on This Site

The idea of usgovernmentspending.com is to provide a resource for people wanting to research US government finances. We have generated curated data series of the major functions of government spending so that you can inspect and download the numbers on spending at all levels of government.

For the federal government we have data going back to 1792, shortly after the founding. The data going back to 1962 come from the President’ annual federal budget. Data going back to 1792 comes from data series published by the US Census Bureau.

For individual states we have state and local government spending going back to 1957. For states and local governments in aggregate we have full data going back to 1900, and limited data going back to 1820.

If you are interested in data for a specific year we have a Spending Details page that shows the major spending functions for a specific year, federal, state, and local, and that allows you do drill down a couple of levels to view (and download) the data in more detail.

If you are interested in data for a range of years we have a Custom Chart page that lets you generate data of spending for a range of years. It allows you to generate charts, look at data, and download the data to your computer in tab format that you can copy and paste into a spreadsheet, or as a .csv file that you can import directly into a spreadsheet program.

The best thing to do is to experiment with the Spending Details page or the Custom Chart page and see what they can do for you. Also you can look around the site at the Spending Analysis and Spending History pages. These pages and their charts were created using the features that are also available to you.

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See SPENDING ANALYSIS briefing.

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Take a COURSE at Spending 101.

Make your own CUSTOM CHART.

Spending Data Sources

Spending data is from official government sources.

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 1820.

State and local spending data for individual states begins in 1957.

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Data Sources for 2018:

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.

State Finances for FY2016

On May 11, 2017 the US Census Bureau released data on state finances for FY 2015 here, including spending and revenue for each individual state and for all states combined.

On April 10, 2018 we updated state and local spending and revenue data for FY2016 through FY2023 as follows:
  1. We replaced "guesstimatedstate spending and revenue data for FY2016 using the new FY2016 data from the Census Bureau.
  2. We replaced "guesstimatedlocal spending and revenue data for FY 2016 with estimates for each spending and revenue category using the trends in state finances between FY 2015 and FY 2016.
  3. We replaced "guesstimatedstate revenue data for FY 2017 with data from the Census Bureau's quarterly state tax summary here.
  4. We replaced "guesstimatedlocal revenue data for FY 2016 with estimates for each category using trends for each category of state revenue between FY 2015 and FY 2016.
  5. We replaced "guesstimated" state and local spending and revenue for FY 2017 thru FY2023 with new guesstimates based on the latest Census Bureau data for FY 2016 state finances and FY 2017 quarterly tax data.

State Finances for FY2016
Estimate vs. Actual

$ billionGuesstimateActual
Spending$1,708$1,707
Revenue$1,604$1,499

We expect the Census Bureau to release local spending and revenue data for FY 2016 not earlier than Summer 2018.

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