The GDP per capita in the United States is was about 59,895 U.S. dollars in 2017. Alarmingly, the national debt per capita was much higher at 62,143 U.S. dollars in the same year. One large contributor to the excessive national debt of the United States is its large military expenditure. In 2017, U.S. defence/military expenditure per capita amounted to 1,895 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 2017, health expenditure per capita in the United States amounted to 9,106 U.S. dollars, which represents the highest value in the world by a wide margin.