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In FY 2017, total US government spending, federal, state, and local, is “guesstimated” to be $7.04 trillion.
Most government outlays are spent in just a few functional areas: pensions, health care, education, defense, and welfare.
Total Government Spending
|Government Pensions||$0 million|
|Government Health Care||+ $72 million|
|Government Education||+ $316 million|
|National Defense||+ $335 million|
|Government Welfare||+ $44 million|
|All Other Spending||+ $1,199 million|
|Total Government Spending||$1,986 million|
|Federal Deficit||+ $2 million|
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Total spending: interpolated between actual reported values,
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Spending data is from official government sources.
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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GDP: Samuel H. Williamson, "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?" MeasuringWorth, 2015.
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
in $ billion
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