Share of U.S. federal budget outlays spent on children vs other items from 1960 to 2022
Share of federal outlays spent on children vs other items in the U.S. 1960-2022
This statistic shows the share of federal budget outlays that were spent on children as compared to other items in the United States from 1960 to 2011. A projection is also shown for 2022. In 2011, 10 percent of the federal budget was spent on services directed towards children. By 2022 it is expected the share will have decreased to 8 percent.
Share of U.S. federal budget outlays spent on children vs other items from 1960 to 2022
ChildrenSocial security, medicare, and medicaidDefenseInterest on the debtAll other outlays
2022*8%51%13%11%16%
201110%41%20%6%23%
201011%38%20%6%25%
20009%38%16%9%28%
19905%30%24%15%26%
19807%26%23%9%36%
19705%18%42%7%27%
19603%11%52%8%26%
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Share of federal outlays spent on children vs other items in the U.S. 1960-2022
This statistic shows the share of federal budget outlays that were spent on children as compared to other items in the United States from 1960 to 2011. A projection is also shown for 2022. In 2011, 10 percent of the federal budget was spent on services directed towards children. By 2022 it is expected the share will have decreased to 8 percent.
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