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US Total Government Spending Breakdown
in $ trillion

Most government outlays are spent in just a few functional areas: pensions, health care, education, defense, and welfare.



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Total Government Spending
in the United States
Federal, State, and Local
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2016   +1yr +4yr


 Government Pensions   $1.3 trillion   
 Government Health Care   + $1.4 trillion   
 Government Education   + $1.0 trillion   
 National Defense   + $0.9 trillion   
 Government Welfare   + $0.5 trillion   
 All Other Spending   + $1.6 trillion   
 Total Government Spending   $6.6 trillion   
 Federal Deficit   + $0.5 trillion   
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Total spending: 'guesstimated', as reported by the Office of Management and Budget and projected by usgovernmentspending.com.

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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 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 2016:

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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> data update schedule.

US, State Population Update for 2015

On December 22, 2015 the US Census Bureau released its national and state population estimates for July 1, 2015.  On December 22, 2015 usgovernmentspending.com updated its US and state population data as follows:
  • We updated 2010-2015 population data for US and states using data from US Census Bureau Population Estimates: vintage 2015 in file NST-EST2015-01.xlsx.
  • We projected 2016 thru 2020 for US and states assuming population rate change for 2014-15.
  • We updated 2016 thru 2020 for US using data from US Census Bureau 2014 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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