Federal debt: 1790-2020

Apr 8, 2021 Debt rises and falls with wars and changes in the economy. Debt is currently at its highest level since 1946.

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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.
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National Debt Clock

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