Monday , 2 October 2023

A Look At How Each American State’s Expenditures Compare to Revenue

To get a better idea of financial well-being at the state level today’s visualization takes a closer look at how each U.S. state’s expenditures compare to revenue.

  • In 2017, the total revenues for state governments amounted to $2.55 trillion.
    • Revenue came from taxes, insurance trust revenue, intergovernmental revenue, and other sources.
  • The total expenditures for state governments amounted to $2.31 trillion in 2017.
    • These expenditures included intergovernmental spending, current operation expenses, assistance and subsidies, interest on debt, other expenses, and insurance benefits and repayments.
  • There are only eight states in which total expenditures exceed total revenues:
    1. Wyoming,
    2. Kentucky,
    3. Alaska,
    4. Delaware,
    5. Vermont,
    6. Alabama,
    7. Pennsylvania, and
    8. Colorado.
  • Nationwide, the revenue per capita is $7,842 and expenditure per capita is $7,120.
  • Not surprisingly, states with smaller populations tend to have higher expenditures and revenues per capita.
    • Of the 6 states with a population under 1 million people,
      • 4 have expenditures per capita of +$10,000:
        1. Alaska,
        2. Wyoming,
        3. Vermont and
        4. Delaware
      • and 4 have revenues per capita of +$10,000:
        1. Alaska,
        2. Wyoming,
        3. Vermont and
        4. North Dakota).
Editor’s Note: The above excerpts are from the original article by, a financial literacy websiteand have been re-formatted, color highlighted, edited ([ ])* and abridged (…) by Lorimer Wilson, editor of – Your KEY To Making Money! – for the sake of clarity, and brevity to provide a fast and easy read.

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