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What is the Total US Government Revenue?

In FY 2020, total US government revenue, federal, state, and local, is “guesstimated” to be $7.17 trillion, with federal $3.64 trillion; state $2.13 trillion; local $1.39 trillion.

US Government Revenue Totals in $ trillion

Total government revenue in the United States is the sum of federal, state, and local government revenue.

Total government revenue includes:
Federal Receipts
 plus State government Direct Revenue
 plus Local government Direct Revenue.


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Total Government Revenue
in the United States
  Fiscal Year 2011  


 Federal Direct Revenue    $2.3 trillion   
 State Direct Revenue    $1.7 trillion   
 Local Direct Revenue    $1.1 trillion   
 Total Revenue    $5.1 trillion   
  For breakdown click here | For details click here
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Revenue Key:
Federal receipts: actual, as reported by the Office of Management and Budget.
State revenue: actual, as reported by the US Bureau of the Census.
Local revenue: actual, as reported by the US Bureau of the Census.

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Revenue Data Sources

Revenue data is from official government sources.

Gross Domestic Product data comes from US Bureau of Economic Analysis and measuringworth.com.

Detailed table of revenue data sources here.

Federal revenue data begins in 1792.

State and local revenue data begins in 1820.

State and local revenue data for individual states begins in 1957.

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Data Sources for 2011:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances

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> data update schedule.

State and Local Finances for FY 2017

On November 1, 2019 we updated the state and local spending and revenue for FY 2017 using the new Census Bureau State and Local Government Finances summaries for FY 2017 released on October 30, 2019.  This includes state and local spending for the United States as a whole and the 50 individual states and the District of Columbia.

State and local spending and revenue for FY2017 are now actual historical spending as reported by the Census Bureau.  Previously state spending and revenue for FY2017 were actual, and local spending and revenue were estimated.  The following table shows the difference between estimated and actual local spending and revenue for FY2017:

FY 2017Estimated
$ billion
Actual
$ billion
Local Spending$1,850$1,895
Local Revenue$1,254$1,335

The Census Bureau proposes to update revised state and local finances for 2016 in December 2019

We have updated the "guesstimated" state and local finances for FY2018-24 as indicated in our "guesstimate" blog entries.

UPDATE 11/04/2019:

We have updated data for individual local government units with data for 2017.

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