Federal Deficits and Surpluses, 1809 to Present 

Feb 24, 2020 Prior to the Great Depression deficits were unusual in the U.S. Budget. Surpluses occurred in about two-thirds of the years between 1809 to 1929.

Download: Image | PDF | More Charts


Peter G. Peterson Foundation Chart Pack:

The PGPF chart pack illustrates that budget-making involves many competing priorities, limited resources, and complex issues. In this set of charts, we aim to frame the financial condition and fiscal outlook of the U.S. government within a broad economic, political, and demographic context.
Download (.PDF)

Understanding the Coronavirus Crisis

Key fiscal and economic indicators as the nation responds and recovers.

National Debt Clock

See the latest numbers and learn more about the causes of our high and rising debt.