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.?
In 2019 (latest available data), federal, state, and local governments spent $4,240 billion on social programs like healthcare, income security, and education. This amounts to an average of $32,976 for every household in the United States. From 1959 to 2019, spending on social programs increased from 30% of all government outlays to 62%. Since then, federal politicians have enacted six "Covid relief" laws that will spend about $5.3 trillion over the course of a decade, mainly on social programs. This amounts to another $41,036 in spending per U.S. household. Comprehensive data on this federal spending and state and local government social spending in 2020 is not yet available.