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Total State Expenditures

Comparison of Total State Expenditures

Stack of dollar billsThis chart compares each state’s total expenditure, as collected by The United States Bureau of the Census’ 2010 Annual Survey of State Government Finances. The data represents fiscal years that ended between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010.

It is important to note that total state expenditure is not the same as the state’s general fund budget, or operating budget. Total state expenditure comprises all amounts of money (including federal grants and reimbursements) paid out by a government during its fiscal year, excluding payment of debt, purchases in investment securities, loans, correcting transactions, and agency or private trust transactions. It includes spending on current operation, capital outlay, grants and subsidies, interest on debt and payments to other governments. Expenditure categories include  education, public welfare, hospitals, health, highways, police protection, correction, parks and recreation, natural resources and government administration.

Per capita expenditure is calculated using population data from 2010 U.S. Census. However, direct comparison between individual state  governments may be misleading as some states directly administer activities that other states’  local governments administer, and this chart only reflects state spending.


2010 State Expenditure by Region

Region/State

2010 Total  Expenditure (in Millions)

2010 State Population

Expenditure per Capita

New England

 

 

 

  Connecticut

$27,457

3,574,097

$7,677

  Maine

$9,024

1,328,361

$6,794

  Massachusetts

$51,802

6,547,629

$7,901

  New Hampshire

$7,706

1,316,470

$5,853

  Rhode Island

$8,211

1,052,567

$7,801

  Vermont

$5,746

625,741

$9,151

Middle Atlantic

 

 

 

  Delaware

$7,827

897,934

$8,716

  Maryland

$37,488

5,773,552

$6,493

  New Jersey

$67,776

8,791,894

$7,731

  New York

$174,754

19,378,102

$8,995

  Pennsylvania

$87,285

12,702,379

$6,872

Great Lakes

 

 

 

  Illinois

$75,270

12,830,632

$5,866

  Indiana

$35,474

6,483,802

$5,471

  Michigan

$63,918

9,883,640

$6,467

  Ohio

$76,661

11,536,504

$6,651

  Wisconsin

$38,590

5,686,986

$6,786

Plains

 

 

 

  Iowa

$19,109

3,046,355

$6,273

  Kansas

$16,584

2,853,118

$5,813

  Minnesota

$37,904

5,303,925

$7,154

  Missouri

$30,782

5,988,927

$5,138

  Nebraska

$9,480

1,826,341

$5,248

  North Dakota

$5,134

672,591

$7,633

  South Dakota

$4,429

814,180

$5,440

Southeast

 

 

 

  Alabama

$27,700

4,779,736

$5,795

  Arkansas

$18,005

2,915,918

$5,951

  Florida

$81,832

18,801,310

$4,342

  Georgia

$44,482

9,687,653

$4,592

  Kentucky

$29,098

4,339,367

$6,705

  Louisiana

$33,615

4,533,372

$7,415

  Mississippi

$20,023

2,967,297

$6,748

  North Carolina

$52,190

9,535,483

$5,473

  South Carolina

$29,037

4,625,364

$6,254

  Tennessee

$29,675

6,346,105

$4,676

  Virginia

$43,298

8,001,024

$5,431

  West Virginia

$12,343

1,852,994

$6,661

Southwest

 

 

 

  Arizona

$33,016

6,392,017

$5,165

  New Mexico

$33,016

2,059,179

$8,739

  Oklahoma

$22,640

3,751,351

$6,035

  Texas

$119,872

25,145,561

$4,757

Rocky Mountain

 

 

 

  Colorado

$27,661

5,029,196

$5,500

  Idaho

$8,514

1,567,582

$5,431

  Montana

$7,052

989,415

$7,128

  Utah

$16,267

2,763,885

$5,884

  Wyoming

$5,757

563,626

$10,214

Far West

 

 

 

  Alaska

$10,999

710,231

$15,484

  California

$257,261

37,253,956

$6,905

  Hawaii

$11,209

1,360,301

$8,218

  Nevada

$12,935

2,700,551

$4,790

  Oregon

$26,978

3,831,074

$7,042

  Washington

$46,238

6,724,540

$6,876

Data Sourcess

  1. U.S. Census Bureau: State Government Finances
  2. U.S. Census Bureau: Population Distribution and Change 2000 to 2010

 


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