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Government Spending

On average, how much does federal, state, and local government spending cost each U.S. household per year?

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In 2022, federal, state, and local governments spent a combined total of $8.7 trillion, costing each U.S. household an average of $66,617. The vast bulk of this spending was for social programs that provide healthcare, income security, education, nutrition, housing, and cultural services. Spending on social programs grew from 30% of government outlays in 1959 to 68% in 2020.

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