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On average, how much do federal, state, and local governments spend per year on social programs (like healthcare, income security, and education) for every household in the U.S.?

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In 2016, federal, state, and local governments spent $3,751 billion on social programs like healthcare, income security, and education. This amounts to $29,813 for every household in the United States. From 1959 to 2016, spending on social programs increased from 30% of all government outlays to 61%.

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