Per Capita Expenditure - Statistics & Facts

Per Capita Expenditure - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on Per Capita Expenditure

Per capita data is often used to make macroeconomic data comparable across countries of different sizes. Where absolute data is not comparable, per capita data can be used as it is independent of country size. The most commonly used per capita indicator is the GDP per capita. While the United States dominate absolute GDP rankings, smaller countries like Luxembourg and Switzerland are on top in GDP per capita rankings . Another advantage of per capita data is that it makes numbers, that are otherwise hard to grasp, more understandable by putting them into context.


The projected GDP per capita in the United States is estimated to be 57,300 U.S. dollars by 2016. Alarmingly, the national debt per capita was only slightly lower at 56,380 U.S. dollars in 2015. One large contributor to the excessive national debt of the United States is its large military expenditure. In 2015, U.S. defence/military expenditure per capita amounted to 1,876 U.S. dollars. The magnitude of this number becomes clearer when comparing it to the 6.13 U.S. dollars per capita the federal government spent on the funding of arts and culture in 2013.

Another factor contributing to the public debt problem is the United States' expenditure on health. In 2014, health expenditure per capita in the United States amounted to 8,054 U.S. dollars, which represents the highest value in the world by a wide margin.



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Facts on per capita expenditure
Government ValuesStatistic
Per capita defense expenditure of the United States in 20161,876 USD Details →
Federal arts and culture spending per capita in the United States in 20136.13 USD Details →
National debt per capita of the United States in 2015 56,375 USD Details →
National per capita health expenditure in the United States in 20149,523 USD Details →
Media & TechnologyValuesStatistic
Media content and technology spending per capita in the United States in 20141,160 USD Details →
Total media spending among Millennials per capita in the United States and Canada in 2015750 USD Details →
Average annual consumer spending on mobile games per capita in the United States in 201677.6 USD Details →
Average annual music spending per capita in the United States in 2015152 USD Details →
Monthly per capita spending on mobile games by men in the United States in 20145.63 USD Details →
Monthly per capita spending on mobile games by women in the United States in 20144.58 USD Details →
Personal Health CareValuesStatistic
Projected per capita personal health care expenditure in the United States in 20158,412 USD Details →
Per capita personal health care expenditure in the United States in 20148,054 USD Details →
Projected per capita out-of-pocket health care payments in the United States in 20151,054 USD Details →
EducationValuesStatistic
Per capita expenditure in Alaska, the state with the highest per capita expenditure for education in 20144,853 USD Details →
Per capita expenditure in North Dakota, the state with the highest per capita expenditure for higher education in 20141,372 USD Details →
Per capita debt in New Hampshire, the state with the highest per capita debt of university graduates in 2013/201425,388 USD Details →


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