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Compare Spending By State

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

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Total Spending
as percent GDP

Spending as percent of GSP
 Total Spending
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 Welfare
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 Debt
 GSP Growth

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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2015  +1yr +4yr
Amounts in percent GDP

Total Spending

State State
Spending
Local
Spending
State and
Local
Spending
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(million)
 Alabama10.97%10.14%21.11%$0.13.0%4.9 more
 Alaska17.21%7.90%25.11%$0.11.9%0.7 more
 Arizona8.19%8.86%17.05%$0.13.1%6.8 more
 Arkansas13.13%8.23%21.37%$0.13.5%3.0 more
 California7.75%11.55%19.29%$0.13.4%39.0 more
 Colorado7.55%8.67%16.22%$0.14.1%5.4 more
 Connecticut9.57%7.46%17.03%$0.13.0%3.6 more
 Delaware12.41%6.09%18.51%$0.13.2%0.9 more
 District of Columbia-0.95%10.69%9.74%$0.12.5%0.7 more
 Florida7.26%10.95%18.21%$0.13.5%20.0 more
 Georgia7.54%9.44%16.98%$0.13.3%10.1 more
 Hawaii15.36%5.57%20.93%$0.13.3%1.4 more
 Idaho9.59%7.49%17.08%$0.14.2%1.6 more
 Illinois7.42%9.89%17.31%$0.13.0%12.9 more
 Indiana8.14%7.44%15.58%$0.13.4%6.6 more
 Iowa10.22%10.09%20.32%$0.13.7%3.1 more
 Kansas9.04%9.02%18.06%$0.13.3%2.9 more
 Kentucky13.27%8.74%22.01%$0.13.2%4.4 more
 Louisiana8.96%9.14%18.10%$0.13.1%4.7 more
 Maine14.43%8.45%22.88%$0.13.0%1.3 more
 Maryland10.83%9.18%20.01%$0.12.7%6.0 more
 Massachusetts10.64%6.90%17.54%$0.13.2%6.8 more
 Michigan9.54%9.93%19.47%$0.13.4%9.9 more
 Minnesota9.25%9.32%18.58%$0.13.7%5.5 more
 Mississippi14.24%12.65%26.89%$0.13.2%3.0 more
 Missouri9.41%8.80%18.21%$0.12.9%6.1 more
 Montana13.25%8.46%21.71%$0.13.8%1.0 more
 Nebraska7.41%11.80%19.21%$0.13.8%1.9 more
 Nevada6.78%9.06%15.84%$0.13.0%2.9 more
 New Hampshire8.84%7.70%16.54%$0.13.0%1.3 more
 New Jersey10.29%8.22%18.51%$0.13.1%9.0 more
 New Mexico11.75%8.94%20.69%$0.13.2%2.1 more
 New York9.67%13.96%23.63%$0.12.9%19.8 more
 North Carolina8.69%9.38%18.07%$0.13.5%10.1 more
 North Dakota10.74%7.95%18.69%$0.16.6%0.8 more
 Ohio10.38%9.31%19.68%$0.13.3%11.6 more
 Oklahoma10.22%7.20%17.41%$0.14.2%3.9 more
 Oregon9.55%8.43%17.98%$0.13.6%4.0 more
 Pennsylvania10.09%8.94%19.03%$0.12.9%12.8 more
 Rhode Island13.23%7.65%20.88%$0.13.2%1.1 more
 South Carolina11.19%10.16%21.34%$0.13.1%4.9 more
 South Dakota7.56%6.44%14.00%$0.13.8%0.9 more
 Tennessee8.93%10.95%19.87%$0.13.0%6.6 more
 Texas6.43%7.67%14.09%$0.14.0%27.2 more
 All states combined8.68%9.52%18.20%$0.13.3%322.4 more
 Utah11.02%9.08%20.10%$0.14.1%3.0 more
 Vermont14.86%8.91%23.77%$0.13.4%0.6 more
 Virginia7.98%7.92%15.90%$0.12.7%8.4 more
 Washington8.85%9.86%18.71%$0.13.6%7.1 more
 West Virginia14.44%8.15%22.59%$0.14.6%1.8 more
 Wisconsin9.50%9.45%18.95%$0.13.3%5.8 more
 Wyoming9.39%10.39%19.78%$0.15.6%0.6 more
Notes: estimated guesstimated1 actual

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:
See 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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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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State and Local Finances Update for FY 2012

On December 11, 2014 usgovernmentspending.com updated the state and local spending and revenue for FY 2012 using the newly released Census Bureau State and Local Government Finances for FY 2012.  This includes state and local spending for the United States as a whole and individual states and the District of Columbia.

State and local spending and revenue for FY2012 are now actual historical spending as reported by the Census Bureau.  Previously state spending and revenue for FY2012 was actual and local spending and revenue was estimated.  The following table shows the difference between estimated and actual spending and revenue for FY2012:

FY 2012Estimated
$ billion
Actual
$ billion
Spending$1,657$1,647
Revenue$1,038$1,075

We have updated the "guesstimated" state and local finances for FY2013-19.

Also updated were state and local finances for 2009, 2010, and 2011 using newly released Census Bureau revised data.

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