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State Growth And Debt Rank

Compare state and local spending and debt for the 50 states against state growth and population.

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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending and Debt
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2017  +1yr +4yr
Amounts in percent GDP
State State &
Local
Spending
State &
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(mln)
 Alabama19.96%14.00%$219.52.4%4.9 more
 Alaska34.00%15.38%$51.31.6%0.7 more
 Arizona18.44%15.59%$311.82.1%7.0 more
 Arkansas20.79%15.83%$130.52.3%3.0 more
 California19.89%17.18%$2,702.33.3%39.5 more
 Colorado18.54%16.92%$337.63.1%5.6 more
 Connecticut17.13%17.52%$277.22.0%3.6 more
 Delaware16.77%9.71%$73.62.5%1.0 more
 District of Columbia14.23%13.13%$133.92.7%0.7 more
 Florida18.56%18.65%$969.52.9%21.0 more
 Georgia15.94%11.64%$541.32.7%10.4 more
 Hawaii22.36%16.70%$86.52.4%1.4 more
 Idaho17.67%9.83%$69.92.5%1.7 more
 Illinois18.11%18.45%$841.32.6%12.8 more
 Indiana15.45%13.49%$362.82.4%6.7 more
 Iowa19.78%11.38%$184.82.1%3.1 more
 Kansas18.97%16.50%$155.21.9%2.9 more
 Kentucky21.25%18.50%$209.02.2%4.4 more
 Louisiana19.60%16.32%$251.52.4%4.7 more
 Maine23.31%14.44%$60.51.9%1.3 more
 Maryland18.81%13.65%$392.92.3%6.0 more
 Massachusetts17.87%17.03%$517.82.5%6.8 more
 Michigan18.80%15.79%$505.92.3%9.9 more
 Minnesota19.06%14.33%$360.42.6%5.6 more
 Mississippi26.74%12.71%$113.72.1%3.0 more
 Missouri16.72%15.73%$315.92.3%6.1 more
 Montana21.88%11.52%$49.13.0%1.1 more
 Nebraska18.24%13.31%$122.12.5%1.9 more
 Nevada16.45%16.82%$154.82.8%3.0 more
 New Hampshire16.02%12.48%$77.92.1%1.3 more
 New Jersey18.76%16.85%$615.22.4%9.0 more
 New Mexico24.93%15.11%$94.02.1%2.1 more
 New York20.81%22.71%$1,557.62.3%19.7 more
 North Carolina16.01%8.94%$546.62.8%10.3 more
 North Dakota18.56%11.17%$54.51.1%0.8 more
 Ohio20.02%14.54%$653.02.4%11.6 more
 Oklahoma20.06%9.88%$180.42.3%3.9 more
 Oregon21.02%16.02%$237.13.3%4.2 more
 Pennsylvania18.98%17.17%$734.72.4%12.8 more
 Rhode Island20.65%19.40%$61.42.2%1.1 more
 South Carolina23.15%21.31%$216.42.5%5.0 more
 South Dakota15.94%10.96%$49.72.4%0.9 more
 Tennessee18.36%9.24%$342.02.5%6.7 more
 Texas15.70%16.62%$1,640.53.2%28.3 more
 All states combined18.58%16.03%$19,302.82.7%325.4 more
 Utah17.51%13.89%$160.03.0%3.1 more
 Vermont24.69%14.56%$32.41.9%0.6 more
 Virginia15.94%12.98%$517.72.3%8.5 more
 Washington18.54%18.83%$483.92.8%7.4 more
 West Virginia22.99%17.02%$76.31.8%1.8 more
 Wisconsin19.19%12.53%$331.32.4%5.8 more
 Wyoming23.51%5.26%$38.52.0%0.6 more
Notes: estimated guesstimated1

1. "Guesstimated" by projecting the latest change in reported number forward to future years. GSP deviation from national GDP growth cut by 40% per year.

Data Sources:
State GDP Information
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 Sources for 2017:

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 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:

YearGross
Debt
Debt
Increase
Federal
Deficit
Other
Borrow
2000562924-236259
20057905551318232
20101352916531294359
20111476412351300-64
20121605112871087200
201316719669680-11
2014177951075485590
201518120326438-113
2016195371417587830

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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