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Which state has highest state and local debt?

In 2016 it is “guesstimated” that New York State will have the highest state and local debt as percent of GSP.

State Debt Ranking Percent GDP

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

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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2016  +1yr +4yr
Amounts in percent GDP

StateState
Debt
Local
Debt
State and
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(million)
 New York9.06%14.51%23.58%$1,560.03.4%19.8 more
 Kentucky7.51%13.63%21.14%$205.62.8%4.4 more
 Rhode Island16.34%4.74%21.07%$60.12.9%1.1 more
 South Carolina7.27%12.53%19.79%$210.63.2%5.0 more
 Nevada2.61%16.88%19.50%$144.62.8%2.9 more
 Massachusetts15.64%3.36%19.00%$508.43.3%6.8 more
 Pennsylvania6.66%12.15%18.80%$728.13.1%12.8 more
 Illinois8.05%10.27%18.32%$814.52.9%12.8 more
 New Jersey11.09%6.56%17.65%$595.62.6%9.0 more
 Washington6.65%10.50%17.14%$475.23.5%7.3 more
 Kansas4.36%12.72%17.09%$161.13.1%2.9 more
 Hawaii10.15%6.84%16.99%$84.62.7%1.4 more
 California6.19%10.75%16.94%$2,561.73.5%39.5 more
 Alaska10.28%6.28%16.56%$60.52.0%0.7 more
 All states combined6.27%10.04%16.32%$18,818.63.0%324.0 more
 Florida4.23%12.02%16.25%$934.83.4%20.6 more
 New Mexico7.41%8.76%16.16%$101.02.8%2.1 more
 Connecticut12.06%4.06%16.12%$275.22.7%3.6 more
 Texas2.31%13.80%16.10%$1,851.04.4%28.0 more
 Colorado4.93%11.09%16.03%$346.24.2%5.6 more
 Michigan6.35%9.55%15.90%$497.63.1%9.9 more
 Arizona4.58%11.25%15.84%$311.82.9%6.9 more
 New Hampshire11.35%4.01%15.36%$79.13.3%1.3 more
 Louisiana6.78%8.24%15.02%$272.03.1%4.7 more
 Minnesota4.04%10.68%14.72%$345.32.9%5.5 more
 Oregon5.88%8.82%14.70%$240.93.8%4.1 more
 Indiana6.72%7.97%14.69%$344.62.6%6.6 more
 Missouri6.47%8.14%14.61%$310.32.8%6.1 more
 Vermont10.63%3.85%14.48%$32.32.7%0.6 more
 Alabama4.27%10.16%14.44%$216.92.7%4.9 more
 Maine9.32%4.92%14.24%$60.62.5%1.3 more
 Wisconsin7.48%6.74%14.23%$319.72.8%5.8 more
 Virginia5.71%7.75%13.46%$501.62.5%8.4 more
 West Virginia9.04%4.39%13.43%$85.44.4%1.8 more
 Mississippi6.45%6.67%13.12%$112.22.0%3.0 more
 Ohio5.36%7.61%12.97%$641.33.2%11.6 more
 Utah4.68%8.07%12.75%$157.23.6%3.0 more
 Maryland7.05%5.61%12.66%$380.02.7%6.0 more
 Nebraska1.59%11.04%12.63%$122.12.7%1.9 more
 Delaware8.65%3.73%12.38%$68.72.9%1.0 more
 Arkansas3.04%8.63%11.68%$131.92.7%3.0 more
 Tennessee1.94%9.62%11.56%$330.43.0%6.7 more
 South Dakota7.11%4.36%11.47%$50.02.7%0.9 more
 Montana7.72%3.53%11.24%$48.43.1%1.0 more
 Georgia2.62%8.27%10.89%$527.63.3%10.3 more
 Iowa3.65%7.12%10.77%$185.32.6%3.1 more
 North Carolina3.70%6.65%10.35%$530.22.9%10.1 more
 District of Columbia0.00%9.64%9.64%$126.73.0%0.7 more
 Oklahoma4.91%4.34%9.25%$202.53.5%3.9 more
 Idaho5.42%3.47%8.89%$71.03.4%1.7 more
 North Dakota3.14%4.09%7.22%$63.34.8%0.8 more
 Wyoming2.25%2.53%4.78%$49.64.4%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 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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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:
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  • 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.
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