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USA: Government spending as percent of GDP: For that indicator, The World Bank provides data for the USA from 1960 to 2016. The average value for the USA during that period was 15.88 percent with a minumum of 14 percent in 1998 and a maximum of 18.07 percent in 1970. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
The government size of the USA and other countries is calculated as the total government spending as percent of GDP.
Definition: General government final consumption expenditure (formerly general government consumption) includes all government current expenditures for purchases of goods and services (including compensation of employees). It also includes most expenditures on national defense and security, but excludes government military expenditures that are part of government capital formation.