Public debt of the United States from 1990 to 2017* (in billion U.S. dollars)

Loading statistic...
YearNational debt (in billion U.S. dollars)

© Statista 2017

Download Settings Share
Chart type
Share on Social Media
HTML code to embed chart as PNG (FAQ)
Description Source More information
This graph shows the outstanding public debt of the United States of America from 1990 to 2017. In September 2017, the national debt had risen up to 20.24 trillion U.S. dollars. The national debt per capita had risen to 60,470 U.S. dollars in 2016.
Public debt

As represented in the statistic above, the public debt of the United States is continuously rising.
Public debt, also known as national and governmental debt, is the debt owed by a nations’ central government. A government debt is an indirect debt of the countries’ taxpayers.
Japan leads the global ranking of the 20 countries with the highest public debt in 2014. In relation to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Japan had an estimated debt of around 246 percent. Italy was on rank 6, with an estimated debt of 127.26 percent of the Gross Domestic Product.
The national debt of the United Kingdom is forecasted to grow from 40.34 percent in 2004 to 95.97 percent in 2014, in relation to the Gross Domestic Product. These figures include England, Wales, Scotland as well as Northern Ireland.
Greece had the highest national debt among EU countries as of 4th quarter 2013 in relation to the Gross Domestic Product. Germany is on rank 11 in the EU, its national debt amounted to 78.4 percent of the Gross Domestic Product.
Russia was one of the 20 countries with the lowest national debt in 2014 in relation to the Gross Domestic Product. Brunei Darussalam and Libya had an estimated level of national debt with 0 percent. The data refer to the debts of the entire state, including the central government, the provinces, municipalities, local authorities and social insurance.
Show more
Release date
September 2017
United States
Survey time period
September 1990 - September 2017
Supplementary notes
* Data for fiscal year 2016 is as of September 30th of 2017 calendar year. The fiscal year for the U.S. Government starts in Oct. 1. The annual amount of public debt outstanding is hence drawn on September 30 each year.
Historical data can be found here.

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $588 / Year

Statistics on "U.S. public debt"

  • Overview on public debt in the U.S.
  • Holders of the debt
The most important statistics
  • State and local government debt
  • Debt forecast
  • Budget deficit
  • International comparison
The most important statistics

Related Studies: Available to Download in PDF or PPTX Format

U.S. public debt

All Information
in one Presentation

U.S. public debt

Everything On "U.S. public debt" in One Document: Edited and Divided into Handy Chapters. Including Detailed References.

Statista for Your Company: The Research and Analysis Tool

  • Product Film
  • Statistics
  • Downloads

Our Premium Statistics - facts for your business

Currently, Statista provides more than 1 million statistics.
93 percent (all Premium content) are exclusively accessible via our professional accounts.

Unlimited access

As a Statista Premium customer, you receive unlimited access to all statistics at all times. Including downloads of data in the most common formats (XLS, PDF & PNG). Create relevant and significant statistics in no time.

You are in good company

Further Content: Statistics, Studies, and Topic Pages

Our Business Solutions: Save Time and Money



per year
Your advantages
  • Full access to all our statistics
  • Download as XLS, PDF & PNG
  • Relevant data: complete source information
All functions of our platform illustrated face-to-face
  • Learn how Statista supports your company
  • Extensive tour across the whole portal
  • Personal guidance by our support team
The knowledge database for your company
  • All functions of the Premium Account
  • Access to dossiers, forecasts and studies
  • Access to our international database
  • Publishing rights and other exclusive functions