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Compare state and local debt for the 50 states against state growth and population.

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Debt
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Comparison of State and Local Government Spending
in the United States
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2012  +1yr +5yr
Amounts in percent GDP

StateState
Debt
Local
Debt
State and
Local
Debt
Gross
State
Product
Real
State
Growth
Popu-
lation
(mln)
 Wyoming3.31%2.70%6.01%$39.9-4.4%0.6 more
 North Dakota3.99%5.10%9.09%$52.221.7%0.7 more
 District of Columbia0.00%10.57%10.57%$109.8-0.0%0.6 more
 Idaho6.74%3.93%10.67%$58.50.4%1.6 more
 Oklahoma5.74%5.07%10.80%$173.94.5%3.8 more
 Iowa3.88%7.55%11.42%$159.13.7%3.1 more
 North Carolina4.16%7.39%11.56%$439.3-0.3%9.7 more
 Arkansas3.28%9.24%12.52%$111.50.1%2.9 more
 Georgia3.08%9.74%12.82%$435.01.4%9.9 more
 Tennessee2.20%10.99%13.19%$280.83.4%6.5 more
 South Dakota8.34%5.20%13.54%$43.3-0.9%0.8 more
 Delaware9.54%4.01%13.55%$60.8-1.0%0.9 more
 Montana9.48%4.17%13.66%$42.11.1%1.0 more
 Maryland7.79%6.12%13.91%$331.40.4%5.9 more
 Mississippi7.05%7.24%14.29%$102.13.1%3.0 more
 Virginia6.25%8.45%14.70%$444.50.7%8.2 more
 Louisiana6.34%8.44%14.77%$243.30.6%4.6 more
 Nebraska2.03%12.75%14.78%$102.20.4%1.9 more
 Ohio6.17%8.75%14.92%$544.61.9%11.6 more
 Utah5.48%9.81%15.29%$129.00.8%2.9 more
 West Virginia10.30%5.10%15.40%$70.9-1.5%1.9 more
 Alaska9.59%5.82%15.41%$61.65.5%0.7 more
 Alabama4.66%11.08%15.73%$187.31.0%4.8 more
 Wisconsin8.40%7.52%15.92%$273.91.4%5.7 more
 Vermont12.05%4.21%16.25%$28.1-0.0%0.6 more
 New Hampshire12.16%4.15%16.31%$66.00.9%1.3 more
 Maine10.66%5.76%16.42%$52.6-0.1%1.3 more
 Minnesota4.49%11.95%16.44%$294.71.3%5.4 more
 Indiana7.51%9.02%16.53%$299.90.2%6.5 more
 Missouri7.69%9.77%17.46%$265.20.7%6.0 more
 Oregon7.00%10.55%17.55%$197.0-3.0%3.9 more
 Connecticut13.41%4.56%17.97%$238.30.2%3.6 more
 All states combined7.09%11.12%18.21%$16,155.32.2%314.1 more
 New Mexico8.34%9.89%18.23%$90.50.3%2.1 more
 Michigan7.39%10.91%18.30%$417.31.6%9.9 more
 Arizona5.45%12.99%18.44%$266.12.1%6.6 more
 Colorado5.76%12.75%18.51%$277.62.4%5.2 more
 Texas3.17%15.62%18.79%$1,440.85.4%26.1 more
 Kansas4.84%14.00%18.85%$141.60.6%2.9 more
 Florida4.99%14.22%19.21%$764.61.8%19.4 more
 Washington7.46%11.92%19.37%$390.22.6%6.9 more
 Hawaii11.65%7.80%19.45%$72.11.3%1.4 more
 California7.24%12.55%19.78%$2,121.62.4%38.1 more
 New Jersey12.51%7.34%19.85%$518.41.8%8.9 more
 Illinois9.02%11.50%20.52%$712.62.3%12.9 more
 Pennsylvania7.38%13.29%20.66%$626.31.1%12.8 more
 Massachusetts18.40%3.86%22.25%$432.32.3%6.7 more
 South Carolina8.47%14.56%23.03%$175.40.2%4.7 more
 Rhode Island17.89%5.29%23.18%$51.51.0%1.1 more
 Nevada3.11%20.09%23.20%$125.2-0.2%2.8 more
 Kentucky8.48%15.37%23.84%$178.21.1%4.4 more
 New York10.45%15.71%26.16%$1,299.82.9%19.6 more
Notes: estimated actual

Data Sources:
State GDP Information
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
'Guesstimated' by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years

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